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

  • DAF106 Academic Writing and Skills Development

    This compulsory module prepares students for studying at degree level. They are encouraged to develop a questioning approach, to structure an argument, to write academically and to avoid plagiarism. Students are introduced to the study skills needed for successful learning within a higher education environment. Students are supported to work autonomously as well as together in a community of practice to develop their own knowledge and skills and support the development of their peers.

  • DAF248 Critical Thinking and Writing

    This year-long module will enable students to build upon the academic writing and communications skills developed at level 4 and enhance their critical thinking and writing needed for level 5 study. Developing critical thinking and writing is essential for degree success and this module will challenge students to gain higher learning skills in analysis, evaluation, synthesis and overall writing style and approach so that they can form and defend well-reasoned arguments, both orally and in writing. Students will learn how to assess, appreciate and defend a variety of beliefs, theories, values, and wide literature viewpoints offering a detailed, balanced and critical answer to academic topics and questions.

  • DAM143 Crime and Society

    This module provides an introduction to criminology and focuses on some of the key perspectives and debates around crime and deviance. Students will be introduced to competing arguments regarding how crime and deviance may be defined, different theoretical approaches to understanding crime, patterns and prevalence of criminal behaviour and victimisation, the relationship between crime and social factors such as social inequality, deprivation, class, age, gender and race, etc, and social responses to crime and deviance.

  • DAM350 Crime and Media

    This module explores the relationship between media and crime, including the role of mass media in shaping and reflecting public understanding of crime and deviance, the extent to which media can be said to cause anti-social or criminal behaviour and the roles of different media in crime, deviance, criminal justice and social control.

  • DAM351 Crime and Harm

    This module takes a social harm perspective to consider the nature of, and responses to, serious harms, such as intentional killing, sexual victimisation, terrorism, environmental destruction, honour-based violence, and workplace harm, etc, that afflict individuals and communities, both nationally and globally.

  • DAM352 Gender, Sexuality and Feminism

    This module explores the concept of gender and sexuality primarily from a Northern / Western world perspectives with critical analysis of key debates and themes inclusive of feminist discourse and media infouences. The module will offer some comparative elements from other society and cultures as well as the embedding of the historical themes and influences that dominate this interesting and relevant topic.

  • DAM354 Undertaking Research (Research Portfolio)

    This module provides an exploration of common theory and approaches used in research in the humanities and social sciences. Students will gain a broad understanding of research and actively engage with some of these research approaches to support them in identifying and carrying out their dissertation in their final year of study. Students will work together and support each other in a community of practice developing their knowledge, understandings and skills in research.

  • DAU300 Dissertation Module

    This module will equip students with the skills needed to produce a dissertation of between of 10,000 words. Students will conduct research upon a subject of their choice using the proposal developed within the `Undertaking Research┬┐ module from the previous year, devised in consultation with a supervisor with an interest in that area of study. Students will have an introductory series of lectures in semester one followed by group tutorials throughout semester one and two whilst having 6 compulsory hours of support from the supervisor.

  • FY-012 Introduction to Being Human

    This module will focus on introducing what it is to be human from a broad humanities and social science perspective. It will offer the opportunity to engage with key ideas, theory and literature within these disciplines. It will therefore prepare students for further academic work in the humanities and social sciences and initiate the development of critical thinking and creative abilities.

  • FY-013 Being Human in a Globalised World

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  • FY-014 Personal Development Communication

    This module will develop student knowledge, understanding and application of reflective practice to support their own personal development and communication skills using reflective writing and discussion. Students will learn to use a selection of reflective models to support the development of critical thinking and a self-directed learning approach needed in Higher Education. Students will be able to develop, test and gain peer support and feedback on the development of communication and presentation skills needed for their future degree study. Students are supported to work autonomously as well as together in a community of practice to develop their own knowledge and skills and support the development of their peers.

  • FY-015 Introduction to Research and Social Inquiry

    This module provides an introduction to common theory and approaches used in research in the humanities and social sciences. Students will gain a broad introductory understanding of research and actively engage with some of these research methods carrying out small research tasks within the module. Students will work together and support each other in a community of practice developing their knowledge, understandings and skills in research. This module will also support subject specific learning and skills development to prepare students for their final research project.

  • FY-016 Final Project Dissertation

    This module will build on the research module and study skills module and provide opportunity for students to use these skills and learning to research an area of interest within subject area of their destination degree subject for example Classics or English. The module will enhance prior learning with a short taught component that will support students to source, retrieve, and analyse more extensively an in-depth final project focused on their area of interest. Students will also be required to discuss their findings in a short viva voce with their final project supervisor and module lead. This module will equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to enable them to review and research the literature and to prepare them for the challenges of writing at degree level the following year.

  • 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.

  • 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