A professional background leading reengagement and employability schemes in Leicester through government-funded initiatives in conjunction with Leicester city council. Later achieving a PGCE and became a lecturer of English at an inner-city vocational Further Education college; working with learners from disadvantaged backgrounds, English as a second language and those who battle mental, emotional and learning difficulties.
Winner of the Teaching Staff Excellence Award in 2021. Recent projects include: leading the restructuring, rewriting and modernisation of the Functional Skills English qualification curriculum for a leading Leicestershire Further Education institution, creating a remote learning platform for guided learning and driving inclusive innovation project to ensure student engagement during the pandemic.
Returning to university under a joint venture with the education and English language department. Recently wining the annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition for the Humanities department round 2021. The research currently underway focuses specifically on Leicester due to its diverse ethnic, racial and socio-economic demographic. This work seeks to evaluate the changing definition of ‘functional literacy’; the Governments role in education policy and the effect of human capital agendas on alternative qualifications such as functional skills English. An ambitious goal it maybe, yet there is both a social and moral imperative to ensure equal opportunities for all students to progress into employment and/or Higher Education.