I am the academic lead for the Department of Adult Continuing Education within the college of Arts and Humanities. I have 20 years of experience working alongside the community across a range of educational roles supporting those from marginalised backgrounds to meet their full potential. I have keen interest in education and andragogical practice and am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am also the director for employability for the College.

The research and writing I am involved in focuses on contemporary LGBTQ+ identities, Feminism and parenting, Anti-Oppressive Practice, and working with children and young people. I am a committee member for the Consortium of Sexuality Studies (CSS). The CSS provides an innovative research and service development environment where academics, stakeholder organisations and policy makers collaborate to identify sexuality needs/concerns of the community and strive to deliver positive social change which contributes to the health and wellbeing of citizens through empowering community learning frameworks.

Equality and supporting diversity is central to all of my work and I support the University in the development and enhancement of equality, diversity and inclusion across both gender and race.

Teaching and Research Interests:

  • Work Based Learning and Self-directed learning
  • Sexuality and young people
  • Reflective practice and professional development
  • Leading change and managing others
  • Rights, equality, discrimination and oppression
  • Black and minority ethnic perspectives
  • Intergenerational Practice

 
Committee and group membership:

  • Organisation & culture Athena Swan Chair
  • Race Equality Charter Mark deputy Chair
  • Consortium for Sexuality Studies
  • Employability Management Committee

 

Teaching

  • EDN102 Education Across the Lifespan

    This module will introduce students to various contexts for education across the lifespan. This will include formal and informal contexts for learning. Educational practice will be considered from a historical perspective, beginning with schooling and teaching. The changing nature of education and the variety of different professionals, working in the sector, will then be examined. The module will include guest speakers from the education sector, discussing current and future developments and the impact of these on educational practice. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their understanding of education and the range of contexts in which this can occur across the lifespan.

  • EYXM06 Perspectives on Play

    This module examines contemporary issues surrounding play and child development with a particular emphasis on diversity and difference. The module considers cultural issues that may influence children's play experiences, for example the impact of war and conflict, approaches to parenting, play materials, opportunities for play and play within early years curricula. Gender differences in play and inclusion are also considered. The module introduces students to a range of findings from recent studies of play and considers factors surrounding diversity and difference that may impact on professional practice. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own experiences of play in childhood in relation to the theories and accounts presented. As part of this module students may have the opportunity to observe and reflect on play practice through a fieldtrip to a children¿s service provision.

  • MS-229 Professional Development: Preparing for Work

    This module is mandatory for all students who have enrolled or transferred on to the BA Media & Communication or BA Public Relations and Media or BA Cyfryngau a Chysylltiadau Cyhoeddus Year in Industry Placement programmes. It is also open to all media and communication single and joint honours students. The module provides students with the context to critically engage with and access relevant industrial experiences and practices to help develop an understanding of how to gain employment within a professional working environment. Theory lectures and interactive workshops will help prepare students for working as part of a company or institution, as well as working as a freelance. The module focuses on the underpinning and fundamental requisites required to gain, enter and progress effectively through an organizational placement within the media and communication industries or to secure employment in the media and communication industries. Learners will be introduced to: - CV writing, cover letters and application processes - Understanding skill sets and how to match skills to employers' needs - Finding employment and how to research the job market - Assessment centres and interview techniques (how to pitch yourself and be successful) - Workplace fundamentals and Intellectual Property / Confidentiality awareness - Workplace behaviours and expectations - Key employability skills and how to get the most from the placement - How to develop an online presence and how to promote a professional profile - Year in Industry placements ¿ what they are, how to search and how to apply for them.

  • MSW229 Datblygiad Proffesiynol: Paratoi ar gyfer Gwaith

    Mae'r modiwl hwn yn orfodol ar gyfer yr holl fyfyrwyr sydd wedi cofrestru ar y BA yn Y Cyfryngau a Chyfathrebu neu'r BA mewn Cysylltiadau Cyhoeddus a'r Cyfryngau, neu wedi trosglwyddo i'r rhaglenni hyn, a¿r rhaglenni perthnasol â blwyddyn mewn diwydiant. Mae ar gael hefyd i'r holl fyfyrwyr ar raglenni anrhydedd sengl a chydanrhydedd y cyfryngau a chyfathrebu. Mae'r modiwl yn darparu cyd-destun i fyfyrwyr i'w galluogi i ymwneud yn feirniadol â phrofiadau ac arferion diwydiannol perthnasol ac i gael mynediad iddynt, er mwyn eu helpu i ddatblygu dealltwriaeth o sut i sicrhau cyflogaeth mewn amgylchedd gwaith proffesiynol. Bydd darlithoedd am ddamcaniaeth a gweithdai rhyngweithiol yn helpu i baratoi myfyrwyr i weithio fel rhan o gwmni neu sefydliad, yn ogystal â gweithio ar eu liwt eu hunain. Mae'r modiwl yn canolbwyntio ar y gofynion tanategol a sylfaenol sy'n angenrheidiol i sicrhau a dechrau lleoliad mewn sefydliad yn niwydiannau'r cyfryngau a chyfathrebu ac i wneud cynnydd effeithiol; neu i sicrhau cyflogaeth yn niwydiannau'r cyfryngau a chyfathrebu. Caiff dysgwyr gyflwyniad i: Ysgrifennu CV, llythyrau eglurhaol a phrosesau gwneud cais - Deall setiau sgiliau a sut i baru sgiliau ag anghenion cyflogwyr - Dod o hyd i gyflogaeth a sut i ymchwilio i'r farchnad swyddi - Canolfannau asesu a thechnegau cyfweliad (sut i gyflwyno eich hun a llwyddo) - Hanfodion y gweithle ac ymwybyddiaeth o eiddo deallusol / cyfrinachedd - Ymddygiad a disgwyliadau yn y gweithle - Sgiliau cyflogadwyedd allweddol a sut i fanteisio i'r eithaf ar y lleoliad - Sut i ddatblygu presenoldeb ar-lein a sut i hyrwyddo proffil proffesiynol - Lleoliadau Blwyddyn mewn Diwydiant - beth ydynt, sut i chwilio amdanynt a sut i wneud cais.

  • PPS100 Academic and Professional Development

    This module prepares students for studying at degree level. It also supports students to complete the Bronze level of the Swansea Employability Award (SEA). Students are supported to work and learn together in a community of practice at the level required in higher education. They are encouraged to develop a questioning approach, to structure an argument, to write academically and to avoid plagiarism. Students are also introduced to the skills needed in applying for jobs and/or moving forward in a career path, including how to recognise and make the most of experience, learning, and knowledge and how to sell themselves effectively.

  • PPS103 Equality, Discrimination and Oppression in Society

    This module supports students to develop their social curiosity and will explore contemporary issues in society related to equality, discrimination and oppression. It will focus on UK society but will also include European and global perspectives. It will refer to theoretical perspectives to explore causes and effects of unequal life-chances and how these can be minimised by anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice.

  • SHP107 Study Skills

    This module, designed for BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care, BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences and Humanities, BSc (Hons) Social Policy and BA (Hons) Education, will explore and assess those study skills central to successful undergraduate study on these programmes. These study skills will include but not be limited to referencing sources appropriately, constructing an essay and developing critical thinking.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Programme Manager - BSc Enhanced Professional Practice - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2014 - Present

  • Programme Manager - MSc Enhanced Professional Practice - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2014 - Present

  • Cert HE Enhanced Professional Practice in Health Care

    2014 - Present

  • BSc Enhanced Professional Practice 2yr PART TIME

    2014 - Present

  • DipHE Enhanced Professional Practice in Health Care 4yrPART TIME

    2014 - Present

  • GradDip Enhanced Professional Practice 2yr PART TIME

    2014 - Present

  • HECert Enhanced Practice in Health Care 4yr PART TIME

    2014 - Present

  • MSc Enhanced Professional Practice 3yr PART TIME

    2014 - Present

  • PGCert Enhanced Professional Practice 1yr PART TIME

    2014 - Present

  • PGDip Enhanced Professional Practice 2yr PART TIME

    2014 - Present

  • Programme Director - BSc Health & Social Care - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2016 - Present

  • Deputy Director - Employability - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2016 - Present

  • Race Equality Charter Lead - Equality and Diversity - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2016 - Present