I originally studied Hotel and Catering Management here at UCB, and went on to manage pubs, sports and social clubs. In 2001, I joined the NHS in a health promotion role and steadily progressed to Specialist Lead for pregnancy, weight management and smoking. This involved working with schools, sure starts and children centres, writing and delivering food based programmes for families. I also supported families in the social care system and worked with GP's and commissioners to deliver the public health contracts. During this time, I undertook my FdA and BSc in Health Studies. In 2015, I decided on a career change and became a Graduate Teaching Assistant at University of Wolverhampton. As a GTA, I supported numerous students with a variety of problems, wrote study skills programmes and mentored staff for their Fellowships of the HEA whilst teaching on three degree programmes. I worked at Telford College redesigning the social policy modules for the FdA before coming full circle back to UCB to teach health.
Research, ethics, acute and chronic illness, contemporary issues, community development, public health, health and social care principles, social policy, commissioning for children and young people, mental health and violent societies.
Research interests and scholarly activity
My Masters dissertation is examining the correlation between widening participation students and how resilience and self-efficacy supports them in their choices of study.
Past research has included graduate employability skills, mentoring in higher education and leadership and management within the NHS
Reviewer for the International Journal for work-based learning in health and social care.