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    I began my career in the field of media and communication working for the BBC in London for two years followed by a period of time living out in Los Angeles. Upon my return I was employed as a Communications Officer by Merseyside Police where I spent fifteen years. In my late thirties I decided to retrain to become an Early Years Teacher, this led on to me running my own preschool and eventually joining the Faculty of Education at Edge Hill University in 2008. I am currently in the fourth year of my doctorate which I am studying with the University of Sheffield. The title of my thesis is "Lock them up, keep them at bay. The cruel consequence of the corona curse on intergenerational practice."

    Research interests

    Currently, I am particularly interested in the field of intergenerational practice,not just in relation to early years children working with older adults but also with regards to inclusion and social cohesion.

    Key areas of focus for my research are policy, inclusion, social justice, solidarity and children's rights.



    I currently teach across a number of programmes within the Early Years department at the Faculty of Education - my focus for this year is the Foundation Degree in Early Years and the BA (Hons) Early Years Leadership and Education. I keep my practice current in my capacity as a Link Tutor visiting PGCE and UG QTS students who are out on professional practice in schools and settings throughout the North West.

    Research interests

    In 2019 I conducted a small scale research project which was presented at the University of Verona "The Impact of the Bologna Process on Inclusive Practice at the University of Verona." I was also able to engage in international professional networking when I attended the International Perspectives on Education Policy (IPEP) Winter School after being funded as one of two UK representatives by the ESRC.

    In 2009, I conducted a small scale research project with the Police Nationale in Paris which was presented to Merseyside Police Senior Officers "How early education impacts on crime management strategies" this was funded by The Leonardo da Vinci Programme promoting European cooperation in the field of occupational education.

    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
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

    Education/Academic qualification

    Screenwriting (Fiction), MA, Leeds Metropolitan University

    10 Jan 19978 May 1998

    Award Date: 8 May 1998

    Media Production 2:1, BA, Northumbria University

    9 Oct 19916 Jul 1994

    Award Date: 6 Jul 1994

    Early Years Education, EdD, "Lock them up, keep them at bay. The cruel consequence of the corona curse on intergenerational practice", University of Sheffield

    1 Oct 2018 → …


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