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Narrative research (methodology and method) Bourdieusian research Widening participation Care experienced students in education

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I started my adult nursing career in 1995 and later qualified as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse, practising in the Health Visiting field. I have been working in higher education since 2008, joining Northumbria University in 2015.

Here at Northumbria University I have contributed to a range of provision in the Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, including successful programme leadership.

Between January 2020 and July 2021 I was Director of Access and Paricipation for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences., where I led and collaborated on a range of faculty and university wide projects to improve access, participation and outcomes for under-represented students. From July 2021 onwards I assumed the position of Head of Subject in the Department of Social Work, Education and Community Well-being. I have also been accepted on the the Strategic Advisory Group for Teaching and Learning with Advance HE, commencing in September 2021.

My research interests focus on widening participation and the experiences of care experienced students in the education sysytem, using narrative methodology and Bourdieu's theory of practice. 

Education/Academic qualification

Education, EdD, Durham University

9 Sep 201226 Mar 2019

Award Date: 26 Mar 2019

Health, MSc

30 Jun 20032007

Award Date: 30 Jun 2007

Nursing, BSc (Hons), Durham University

Award Date: 2 Sep 2002

Nursing, Diploma

Award Date: 29 Jul 1998

External positions

Advance HE

23 Sep 2021 → …

University College Dublin

18 Oct 201918 Oct 2023


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