Job Title and Responsibilities
Senior Lecturer in Youth and Community Work
I am located in the Creative Communities Unit and contribute to teaching and new initiatives around Youth Work, Community Arts, Community Practice and Regeneration.
I graduated in BSC (Hons) Psychology and Educational Studies from Lancaster University in 1996 after which I started working as a youth worker at Stoke on Trent City Council. Over the next 11 years I worked at operational, managerial and strategic levels within Stoke on Trent Youth Service. Prior to starting this post at Staffordshire University I was a Senior Lecturer in Community and Youth Work at the University of Derby developing and delivering teaching for the professionally validated BA (Hons) Community and Youth Work Programme. Alongside this role I was also self employed directing Here and There Consultancy, carrying out a range of projects with youth and community groups and organisations including research, training and consultancy.
In 2002 I gained an MA Community Education with a Post Graduate Certificate in Youth and Community Work from De Montfort University. In 2008 I undertook a Post Graduate qualification in Learning and Teaching at the University of Derby.
Professional Memberships and Activities
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Community development and engagement
Working with groups
Creating informal learning opportunities
Youth work policy
Global youth work
Enterprise and Commercial Activities
Here and There Consultancy has forged strong links with youth and community organisations and groups in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, Derby and London.
Youth Work and work with young people
Cotton, N. (2009) Global Youth Work: Research Report. London. DEA.
I am teaching on a range of short courses making up the Creative Communities Unit’s Masters Degree, including:
Understanding the Big Society
Making in Happen in Community Arts
Contemporary Youth Work
Working with Groups in a youth and Community Context
Managing Youth Work
Managing Community Practice
Project Cycle Management
School of Journalism, Humanities & Social Sciences (Creative Communities Unit)
Faculty of Arts & Creative Technologies
Stoke on Trent
t: +44 (0)1782 292751