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

  • DAM140 Equality and Discrimination in Society

    This module supports students to develop an introductory understanding of the contemporary issues and processes relating to Discrimination and Oppression within society as well as key values of equality and diversity. Students will explore the theory and literature base to these challenging and interesting subjects from a Welsh, UK, and a global perspective gaining a broad understanding of the many causes and effects of discrimination and oppression and the challenging of these through promoting equality and diversity through anti-discriminatory practice.

  • EDN301 Employability Decision Making and Work Experience

    This module will support students to build upon the employability skills they acquired from the EDN205 Enhancing Employability Through Work Experience. It is designed to encourage students to become adept at decision making in career planning through completion of the gold and platinum levels of the Swansea Employability Award. Through an extended work placement (WoWee) students will be able to experience how the theories and policies of education are applied in context. Students will develop key transferable employability skills and achieve specific employability competencies through the production of a Personalised Placement Learning Record.

  • 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.

  • FY-015 Introduction to Research and Social Inquiry

  • 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.

  • PPS303 Counselling and Supporting People

    This module aims to provide a learning experience to those that are interested in future careers that involve supporting others using counselling techniques, approaches and value base. This module will equip students with the underlying knowledge and understanding of counselling values, theory and practice. The learning contextualises the variety of counselling models and approaches to supporting people within professional practice. The module will explore counselling of children, young people, families, older people and those with protected characteristics.

  • SHH209 Enhancing Employability Through Work Experience

    This module will enable students to build upon the employability skills they acquired from the SHH118 Careers and Employability module. It is designed to encourage students to enhance their employability through a supported programme of work experience and achievement of the Swansea Employability Award (SEA) silver level award. Students will develop key transferable employability skills and achieve specific employability competencies through the production of a Personalised Placement Learning Record.

  • 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