PhD student and Assistant Lecturer in Education
Prior to joining BCU in September 2015, I completed an undergraduate degree in English and Educational Studies and a Masters in Educational Research Methods at Keele University. I also worked on a regular basis in schools and colleges for three years through my Student Ambassador job and additional roles. My Classroom Deliverer specialist role involved designing and delivering curriculum-based workshops, with the primary aim of raising aspirations. I delivered these workshops to learners from Key Stage Two to Key Stage Five, providing me with experience of working with children of a range of ages. I also led some of the Classroom Deliverer training, preparing new Student Ambassadors to work in schools. For my work with children I won ‘Student Ambassador of the Year 2014’ and ‘Outstanding Contribution to Outreach Activity 2015’ awards, and also featured in the regional newspaper.
My passion for teaching creative writing, which is the focus of my PhD research, derives from some of my work in schools. One of my roles involved developing a creative writing workshop centred on flash fiction, which I then delivered to Key Stage Three pupils and also adapted for Key Stage Two. I was also a programme leader for ‘White Water Writers’, which involved guiding groups of learners in schools through the process of writing a book. I also assisted on the ‘Pingo Art’ project, where I worked with groups of learners to provide them with support and advice which led to them producing their own canvas showcasing their photography and writing skills. Creative writing is a passion of mine and is something that I have done for pleasure since I was a young child. It also formed a substantial part of my English degree, which required me to produce a creative writing portfolio for one of my final year dissertations. I also completed an Open University short course in fiction writing.
While at Keele, I was also an Academic Support Worker, which involved note-taking and providing additional support for students with disabilities. I also worked as an Activity Leader, which involved teaching English and organising activities for groups of Italian children. In addition to these roles, I was also a student course representative, undertook work experience placements in schools, peer reviewed articles for the Journal of Academic Development in Education and ‘Writing in Practice’, a journal from the National Association of Writers in Education, and served as a Recent Graduate Representative at university committee meetings.
All of these roles have fueled my passion for education and have led to my current role as a PhD researcher