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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department for Social Work, Education and Community Well-being, and have taught at Northumbria University for over 16 years.  My research interests are around career identity, employability, work related learning, graduate transitions and workforce development.  I teach primarily on BA Hons Guidance and Counselling where I continue to develop innovative ways to provide authentic learning experiences for students and foster a collaborative learning culture.  

My previous professional background is Career Guidance where, after working as Careers Adviser for a number of years, I specialised in Careers Education.  I went on to become a Senior Manager with responsibility for staff development for the Connexions service in Northumberland where I developed accredited guidance programmes for a range of professionals in education, work-based learning, youth and adult community settings. I developed several nationally acclaimed projects to develop guidance within secondary and post 16 education, wrote for national and international guidance publications and won two National Career Awards for innovation in the field of career guidance.

In my current role, I continue to work closely with partner organisations to support workforce development and to champion quality career guidance.  

Research interests

Throughout my 16 years at Northumbria University, my interest in facilitating student transition to, through and beyond university has led to a number of innovative projects to enhance teaching and learning in this area. Research interests stem from my previous professional background in career guidance and focus largely around career development and employability. I am particularly interested in how experiential learning develops self-efficacy and informs career and graduate identity.

Examples of research projects I have led include an exploration of students’ perceptions of employability at different stages of study; mixed methods research examining the graduate transitions of Psychology, Sports Science and Guidance & Counselling alumni alongiside research into early career experiences of Guidance & Counselling graduates. I am currently leading a piece of research to examine the motivations and experiences of people joining the career development workforce. 

I work in partnership with a number of Local Authorities, schools and colleges across the North East to advise on the latest research, policy and practice in career development and pastoral support.  I am also a founding member of a regional Career Guidance Professional Practice Network which promotes and develops best practice in career guidance and investment in the future career development workforce.

Education/Academic qualification

Academic Studies in Education, MA (Hons)

18 Nov 201531 Dec 2099

Award Date: 18 Nov 2015

Teacher Training, City andGuildsLevel 1

30 Jun 200031 Dec 2099

Award Date: 30 Jun 2000

Careers Guidance, PGDip

30 Jun 199531 Dec 2099

Award Date: 30 Jun 1995

Social Studies/Science, BA (Hons), Communication Studies, University of Sunderland

30 Sept 198828 Jun 1991

Award Date: 28 Jun 1991

External positions

CEIAG Professional Practice Group Steering Committee

30 Sept 2019 → …


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