I am a principal lecturer in Sociology and passionate about sociology and its relevance to everyday life and struggles for social justice. My first degree in Sociology was at the University of Birmingham, followed by an MSc and PhD in Sociology of Education at the University of London, Institute of Education.
Membership of professional bodies:
British Sociological Association
British Educational Research Association
Fellow of Higher Education Academy
2017 History, Sociology and Criminology Department Senior Tutor
2017 - University of Westminster teaching fellowship award to Sociology team
2014 - Winner of Routledge prize for curriculum development between schools and universities in association with the British Curriculum Forum and British Educational Research Association.
2012-16 - External Examiner, Ruskin College, Oxford
2011 - University of Westminster Teaching Fellowship Award
2011 -2015 SSHL Disabilities Tutor
2010- 2016 SSHL Learning and Teaching group on the curriculum
2004 External Examiner for PhD Candidate, University of Bristol
2004-8 External Examiner for MA Women's Studies, University of Lancaster
2002 Fellow of Higher Education Academy
1996-1999 External Examiner in Sociology, University of Birmingham;
1997- 2014 Course Leader for Sociology
1996 HEFCE Assessor for Sociology;
1993 -7 SSHL Senior Academic Tutor
1992 -Mentor for Postgraduate Certificate/ Diploma in Higher Education
Researching Crime and Justice
Sociological Research Methods
Research Methods for Sociology and Criminology
Gender, Education and Identity Work
Sociology and Sociology and Criminology Dissertations
As a feminist sociologist of education, my main research interests are in the areas of both higher education pedagogy and schools, research methods and gender. Previous research and publications include the relationship between social class and education, prostitution and research methodology. Having taught for over 25 years, I have seen many changes in Higher Education, which has given me the opportunity to research, reflect and write about teaching research methods and pedagogic rights with Dr Caroline Barnes. I was the key contact with a national ESRC funded project on pedagogic quality and inequality in first degrees in sociology from 2008-11.
Current research activities:
Since 2010, I have had the pleasure of collaborating with my sociology colleague, Dr Umit Cetin and the UK Alevi community to develop strategies to counter a negative sense of identity that was manifest amongst second generation youth. Through action research and concerted collaboration with local schools and the community, we developed curriculum units on Alevism to be taught in schools as part of the compulsory religious education curriculum from key stages 1-3.
In 2015, Drs Cetin, Chetty and I received a fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust/ British Academy to fund a transnational survey of the Alevi community in Turkey and London. The aim was to provide a description of the community and their transnational engagements. In the British context, it aimed to help raise their profile as part of their case to be counted and included as a distinct religious group in the census.
I continue to write and publish on pedagogic issues. From 2015-17, I was the UK lead researcher on an international, Erasmus and Turkish National Agency funded project on the graduate labour market and whether graduates are finding graduate jobs in their subject areas and developing distance learning employability modules to support students in developing graduate skills. The project included partners from Turkey, Germany and Czechia.
For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.