I am senior lecturer in Education Studies. I am currently the Director of Graduate Research for the School of Education. Prior to this role, I was the Head of Subject for Education and Inclusion. I have also been the programme lead for several programmes including Education Studies, Social Inclusion and Special Needs, and Early Childhood Education and Care (Top up).
I am currently a CI on 'Engaging young people in the circular plastics economy', University of Hull, using participatory tools to place 7 to 16-year olds centre-stage in addressing the problem of single-use plastics disposal in the environment.
I joined the University of Hull in 2010, after more than 20 years working as a primary school teacher across the UK. In my latter years, I undertook the critical role of SENCO, ensuring that children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) received the support they needed, experienced an inclusive education and achieved highly.
My doctoral study related to illuminating young children's perceived notions of inclusion in pedagogical activities in the Reception class.
My current research projects relate to using participatory tools in research. I am working with children aged 6-7 years on their engagement with playful performances; parents of children who may be experiencing attachment and trauma related issues; supporting schools with research in intervention projects.