I am a lecturer and researcher in the School of Education at Swansea University. My main research interests are young people’s transitions from school to post-16 and higher education. I’m particularly interested in social class inequalities in access to and participation in further and higher education. 

Publications

  1. & The ‘civic premium’ of university graduates: the impact of massification on associational membership. Studies in Higher Education, 1-16.
  2. Detered by debt? Young people, schools and the escalating costs of UK higher education.. Journal of Youth Studies 21(9), 1267-1282.
  3. Framing young people’s educational transitions: the role of local and contemporary economic contexts. British Journal of Sociology of Education 38(5), 656-670.
  4. & ‘Widening Access’ to higher education: the reproduction of university hierarchies through policy enactment. Journal of Education Policy, 1-16.
  5. Moving away or staying local: the role of locality in young people's ‘spatial horizons’ and career aspirations. Journal of Youth Studies 19(4), 501-516.

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Teaching

  • EDN100 Contemporary Issues and Debates in Education

    The module will introduce students to the contemporary range of educational issues, patterns and associated policies locally and nationally. It will describe the history and functions of compulsory education systems, and particularly explore the range of approaches utilized over the past 40 years to improve student outcomes and deal with inequalities in social class, gender and ethnicity in terms of these outcomes. An assessment will be made about why certain policy, paradigms are more effective than others, and about future likely / desired changes in educational and associated policies.

  • EDN300 Dissertation

    This dissertation module will enable students to pursue an empirical study on a topic of their choice relating to education across contexts according to their academic interest or future career aspirations. It will require students to formulate an appropriate research question and to design and execute a research project that will address their chosen question in a coherent and systematic manner. Students will have the flexibility to pursue a research topic related to education that might be relevant to their career aspirations across the full range of contexts where knowledge and expertise in education is applicable.

  • EDN305 Equality, Diversity and Difference in Education

    This module will explore the aspects of difference and diversity that are relevant to educational practice across a variety of contexts. Topics will include, for example, issues pertaining to gender and education, multi-culturalism, social class, poverty and inequality and the impact of adversity on learning and development. It will involve the critical evaluation of research evidence as to the impact of such issues and will consider best practice to ensure equitable and appropriate educational experiences.

  • EDN307 Research Portfolio

    This research portfolio module will support students in developing skills in planning and designing a research project. Students will be required to submit three distinct pieces of Assessment, each designed to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in designing and planning a research project on a topic of their choice relating to education and/or psychology. Students will be required to submit the following pieces of assessment: A research proposal, a research methods essay and a book review. In preparing these assessments, students will gain skills and knowledge in planning a piece of research, reviewing the relevant literature, critically evaluating a range of methods and methodological approaches and perspectives and critically reviewing research evidence. They will also develop skills in formulating appropriate research questions which are coherent with their proposed research design and methods. Students will have the flexibility to pursue the sustained enquiry on a topic related to education that might be relevant to their career aspirations. Students will work independently guided by a nominated supervisor from the education teaching team.

  • EDPM20 Research Methods

    This module will provide an overview of research methodology in preparation for the research aspects and requirements of the Masters programme. It will cover the main aspects of social science research and will guide participants through research design, data collection, data analysis and data representation. The course will offer a guide to the main steps involved in planning and designing a research project and will offer advice on how to practically manage this process. It also will include consideration of how to select and refine research questions, how to conduct a literature review and the ethical considerations that may arise within a social science setting.

  • EDPM21 Contemporary Debates in Education Research

    The module aims to engage students in debate about the challenges facing education research today, including those pertaining to the perceived lack of quality and relevance to policy and practice. It also aims to develop students¿ knowledge and understanding of a range of philosophical assumptions and theoretical approaches to education research, including, but not limited to, structuralism, post-structuralism, social constructionism and feminism. The module will engage students in critical debate about the application of philosophical assumptions to education research and students will be encouraged to consider the merits of these approaches and assumptions for advancing understandings around key issues, debates and challenges facing contemporary education in the UK.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Ethics Committee member - College of Arts and Humanities

    2018 - Present