Mary-Rose Puttick is a Research Assistant and final-year PhD student in the School of Education. Prior to joining Birmingham City University, Mary-Rose’s teaching career began in Spain, teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL). Following this, she taught English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Family Learning (for parents with ESOL) for Manchester Adult Education Service for 12 years. In 2015, she completed an MA in Applied Linguistics at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Mary-Rose is now carrying out feminist ethnographic/pedagogical research to explore the role of third/voluntary sector family learning provision for mothers from diverse migration contexts. As part of this work she has facilitated voluntary classes for asylum-seeking and refugee mothers at two voluntary sector venues in Birmingham for two years. She is actively involved in the Birmingham City of Sanctuary movement and is now on the working group for BCU to become a University of Sanctuary.
For the past two years, Mary-Rose has been the Research Assistant for Open School Doors, a two-year project that brings together researchers, teachers, parents’ networks and other professionals working with refugee and newly arrived families in the UK, Austria, Greece and Germany, to explore experiences, challenges and existing approaches to working with newly arrived and refugee families towards development of more effective, productive and socially just ways of working.
For this, the BCU team worked extensively with Birmingham Schools of Sanctuary. As well as her role as a Research Assistant, Mary-Rose also leads the Critical Pedagogies module for the MA Education and teaches on the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies course.