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I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and and senior lecturer School of Education and Sociology and leader for the Childhood and Youth Studies with Social Pedagogy undergraduate pathway degree.

I am also module leader on the MA Education degree and PhD supervisor. I am departmental ethics representative and member of the faculty ethics committe. My research and innovation projects include developing Beyond the School Gates, a youth work informed charity that trains former excluded students to draw on their own lived experiences in order to mentor current excluded students and their parents to re-engage their education. 


Research Interests

  • Youth work and Alternative Education
  • Youth voice and advocacy
  • Social Justice 
  • Social networking and social media
  • Democratic citizenship 
  • Qualititative research including PAR methods
  • Social Pedagogy

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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., The social construction of pupil's cultural worlds: Negotiating viable selves from the margins, University of Sussex

1 Sept 200626 Feb 2013

Award Date: 26 Feb 2013

MA, MA. Education, University of Sussex

27 Sept 200414 Jul 2006

Award Date: 14 Jul 2006

BA (Hons), Youth and Community work and Applied Theology, Oxford Brookes University

27 Sept 199917 Jul 2002

Award Date: 17 Jul 2002

External positions

Equality and Diversity Advisory Group member, Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations

20 Sept 2020 → …

Founder and CEO , Beyond the School Gates

14 Apr 2020 → …

External Examiner, Kingston University

1 Sept 2018 → …

BERA Alternative Education Special Interest Group, British Educational Research Association

5 Sept 201730 Aug 2019

OCR Sociology Consultative Forum, Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations

22 Apr 2016 → …

Director, Electric Storm Youth Ltd

1 Sept 20142 Apr 2017

External Examiner, Liverpool John Moores University

1 Sept 201430 Sept 2018


  • LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
  • Education
  • Relational pedagogy
  • Youth
  • Voice
  • Justice


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