ESRC PhD Student, Faculty of Social Sciences
I am in the thesis-pending year of an ESRC-funded PhD. I am exploring the experiences of unemployment, employment and employability of people with mild learning difficulties, in the context of the changing nature of work and changes to social security. My thesis draws on qualitative narrative interviews with 16 participants who were looking for paid work, and political/critical discourse analysis of relevant government policy post-2010. I have an MA in Research Methods - Social Policy (Distinction) from the University of Nottingham, an MBA from London Business School (Distinction), and a BA (Hons) in Economics and Politics from the University of Leeds. I am a qualified teacher (QTLS, PGCE post-compulsory education) and I worked for over 10 years in adult and community learning, teaching maths and English. I also worked as a teacher educator in teaching maths.
I am a qualified teacher (QTLS) in the post-compulsory education sector.
My research is concerned with the experiences of unemployment, employment and employability of people with mild learning difficulties. I am exploring what these experiences reveal about the changing… read more
My research is concerned with the experiences of unemployment, employment and employability of people with mild learning difficulties. I am exploring what these experiences reveal about the changing nature of the labour market, welfare reform and the Government's approach to social justice.
I carried out a pilot study during my MA in Research Methods, which formed the basis for my PhD research design.
I was employed as an observer on an evaluation study of live music in hospital wards during September and October 2018.
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