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    Helen is Associate Dean in the Faculty of Education with strategic responsibility for the student journey and all external relationships nationally and internationally. 

    Research interests

    Helen's research is grounded in inclusion and social justice 

    Her research and publications are focussed on children and families affected by imprisonment and their engagement with education in all forms.

    She is co-lead for the multi award winning programme Tackling the Blues which is a prevention and early intervention mental health programme for children and young people, delivered in partnership with Everton in the Community and Tate Liverpool. This has recently been awarded the Educate North Mental Health and Wellbeing award and the North West Coast Research and Innovation award for Tackling Health Inequalities. 


    Helen supervises PhDs in the areas of social justice in education, children and families affected by imprisonment and children's mental health and wellbeing in education, sport and the arts.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

    Research Groups

    • Sport, Work and Health Research Group


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