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 effect of schools on school leavers’ university participation. School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 1-24.
  2. 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.
  3. & Deterred by debt? Young people, schools and the escalating cost of UK higher education. Journal of Youth Studies 21(9), 1267-1282.
  4. & ‘Widening Access’ to higher education: the reproduction of university hierarchies through policy enactment. Journal of Education Policy, 1-16.
  5. & A ‘home-international’ comparative analysis of widening participation in UK higher education. Higher Education, 1-18.

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Teaching

  • EDN205 Enhancing Employability Through Work Experience

    This module will enable students to build upon the employability skills they acquired from EDN104 Employability and Study Skills in an Educational Context and / or the SEA bronze level award. 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.

  • 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.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Ethics Committee member - College of Arts and Humanities

    2018 - Present