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    I have been a Senior Lecturer in Education and Religion at Edge Hill University since 2005. Before then I had a successful career as a primary teacher in London, a Museuem Educator at The British Library and a Literacy Consultant for St Helen's Education Action Zone. I have beena Programme Lead for Primary ITE and a Year Lead for the Part Time programme. 

    I have published three books related to the Enlish primary curriculum that are still in print.  They are Teaching Primary Religious Eductaion (Pearson Ltd. 2010); Creative activities and Ideas for English as an Additional Language pupils (Pearson Ltd. 2011) and Teaching the Primary Foundation Subjects (Open University Press. 2015)

    My PhD which is about Witch and faith identies within social media. My Thesis is called Becoming Witch: Creating and Confirming Faith Traditions within Social Networking Spaces. As part of my PhD journey I have contributed a selection of papers and my ideas to conferences in

    • Brno (2013)
    • Salzberg (2014)
    • Kent (2014)
    • Lampeter (2013 - 2017)
    • Budapest (2015)
    • Belfast (2015)
    • Brighton (2017)
    • Chester (2019)

    My research interests span the following areas:

    • Paganisms
    • Witches and the Occult
    • Contemporary Witchcraft 
    • Popular culture and religion
    • Alternative spiritualities
    • Sociology of Religion
    • Religious Identities
    • Sexualities displayed online
    • Netnography and online ethics 

    I currently teach on the following courses:


    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 4 - Quality Education

    Education/Academic qualification

    Becoming Witch: Creating and Confirming Faith Identities within Social Networking Spaces, PhD, Becoming Witch: Creating and Confirming Faith Identities within Social Networking Spaces, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

    1 Feb 2013 → …

    Award Date: 28 Apr 2021

    M.A. Religious Education , MA, Religious Education , University College London

    1 Oct 19981 Jul 2001

    Award Date: 31 Jul 2001

    B.ED (hons) Theology and Religious Studies with QTS, BA, Theology and Religious Studies with QTS (B.ED), University of Chester

    Award Date: 31 Jul 1995

    Other positions

    external Examiner in religion , University of Central Lancashire

    1 Sept 2021 → …

    External Examiner for PGCE Religious Education , York St John University

    1 Sept 2019 → …


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