I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and and senior lecturer School of Education and Sociology and leader for the Childhood and Youth Studies with Social Pedagogy undergraduate pathway degree.

I am also module leader on the MA Education degree and PhD supervisor. I am departmental ethics representative and member of the faculty ethics committe. My research and innovation projects include developing Beyond the School Gates, a youth work informed charity that trains former excluded students to draw on their own lived experiences in order to mentor current excluded students and their parents to re-engage their education. 


Research interests

  • Youth work and Alternative Education
  • Youth voice and advocacy
  • Social Justice 
  • Social networking and social media
  • Democratic citizenship 
  • Qualititative research including PAR methods
  • Social Pedagogy