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Qualifications

Diploma ILM Leadership & Management – City of Newport College – 2015

MA Education (ESGDC) University of South Wales (USW) – 2014

PGCERT.HE. University of Wales, Newport (UWN) – 2011

Diploma Youth and Community Studies, UWN – 2008

BA Hons English Literature Studies with Sociological Studies, University of Gloucestershire – 2001

About

Hello…
I am a Lecturer in Youth and Community Work at USW. Prior to this I have worked in a range of roles dedicated to addressing inequalities, increasing access and improving progression opportunities for people across social, health and educational settings within statutory and third sector. This work includes working for the South East Wales Regional Equality Council (SEWREC), the University of Wales, Newport, Newport City Council and the Newport Youth Offending Service with target groups from varying demographics.

Experience

I am a JNC qualified youth worker achieved in 2008 with over 10 years experience of working with young people and 5 years experience of teaching in a higher education setting.

My focus in working with young people is open access provision as well as a range of targeted work and consultancy including: Welsh Government Anti-Social Behaviour targeted project, Youth Information work (www.youngnewport.co.uk), Learning Disability Youth Provision, Bright New Futures ‘Youth Connect’ Project Development (Women Connect First, WCF) and many outdoor pursuits activities aimed introducing new challenges and building confidence.

A key ambition of mine is to my ambition is to bring working with young people, the health and wellbeing agenda and tackling climate change in line with each other to address the connected issues in a meaningful way.

Responsibilities

Main responsibilities include-
Level 4 Year Tutor
Module Leader: Adolescence and Wellbeing, Academic and Project Research Skills for Youth Work, Role of the Youth and Community Worker, Individual and Groupwork Facilitation Skills
Current courses taught and main teaching areas:
BA Youth and Community Work
MA Working for children and young people.

Publications

McCarthy, K. (2012) Newport Women’s Aid An Evaluation of Services: the Voices of the Women; in partnership with Research and Development Unit, Centre for Community Learning, University of South Wales.

Richardson, M. & McCarthy, K. (2012) Understanding the challenge of a widening access framework within mental health
– widening access for social justice (UALL Publication).

Davies. C. & McCarthy. K. (2009) Negotiating Curriculum: a case study. Newport CELT Journal. Vol. 2 (pp.72-5).

Conferences

Presentation: The role of ‘class’: attitudes toward food consumption and waste (2013) Does Class Matter, Large Encounter Group Conference, UWN, 3 March.

Presentation: Youth Summer School Pilot (2013) Universities Association of Lifelong Learning Conference, Durham University, 20-22nd March.

Presentation: Understanding the challenge of a widening access framework within mental health – widening access for social justice (2012) Higher Education for the Social Good? The Place of Lifelong Learning. Universities Association of Lifelong Learning Conference, University of Cambridge, 18-20 March.

Presentation: What is a Woman? (2012) Battle of the Sexes, Large Encounter Group Conference, UWN, 3 March.

Presentation: Universities facing up to the challenges? A Case Study in Community Expertise In Part-Time Provision (2011) Part-time the New Paradigm for Higher Education? Universities Association of Lifelong Learning Conference, University of Sterling, Scotland, 20-22 March.

Presentation: Understanding the challenges, experiences and changing identities of a Widening Access Framework in mental health (2011) Positive Futures for Higher Education; Connections, Communities and Criticality, Society for Research in Higher Education Conference, Celtic Manor, 7-9 December.

Presentation: Wellbeing Indicators and Engagement in HE (2010) Newport NEXUS Conference. Enhancing Research-Teaching Links. 14-15 June.

Poster Presentation: Wellbeing Indicators and Engagement in HE (2010) One Road In, Many Roads Out: Education as a Catalyst for Regeneration, University of Limerick – 2-4 June.

Presentation: Negotiating Curriculum: a case study (2009) Newport Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching – 14-16 June.

Memberships

Associate Member of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) – 2009

Member of the Social Research Association – 2011

External

SEWREC and Renew Wales.

Consultancy

Bright New Futures ‘Youth Connect’ Project Development (Women Connect First, WCF) (2013).

Research

Presentation: The role of ‘class’: attitudes toward food consumption and waste (2013) Does Class Matter, Large Encounter Group Conference, UWN, 3 March.

Presentation: Youth Summer School Pilot (2013) Universities Association of Lifelong Learning Conference, Durham University, 20-22nd March.

Presentation: Understanding the challenge of a widening access framework within mental health – widening access for social justice (2012) Higher Education for the Social Good? The Place of Lifelong Learning. Universities Association of Lifelong Learning Conference, University of Cambridge, 18-20 March.

Presentation: What is a Woman? (2012) Battle of the Sexes, Large Encounter Group Conference, UWN, 3 March.

Presentation: Universities facing up to the challenges? A Case Study in Community Expertise In Part-Time Provision (2011) Part-time the New Paradigm for Higher Education? Universities Association of Lifelong Learning Conference, University of Sterling, Scotland, 20-22 March.

Presentation: Understanding the challenges, experiences and changing identities of a Widening Access Framework in mental health (2011) Positive Futures for Higher Education; Connections, Communities and Criticality, Society for Research in Higher Education Conference, Celtic Manor, 7-9 December.

Presentation: Wellbeing Indicators and Engagement in HE (2010) Newport NEXUS Conference. Enhancing Research-Teaching Links. 14-15 June.

Poster Presentation: Wellbeing Indicators and Engagement in HE (2010) One Road In, Many Roads Out: Education as a Catalyst for Regeneration, University of Limerick – 2-4 June.

Presentation: Negotiating Curriculum: a case study (2009) Newport Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching – 14-16 June.

Areas of Expertise

Developing expertise around:

Health and wellbeing
Adolescent Development
Social Policy

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