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I am a Senior Lecturer in Sociology, and I have been working at the university since 2009. I studied at the University of Cambridge (BA), Goldsmiths (MA), and The Open University (MSc, PhD). I hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (University of Westminster) as well as a Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults.  I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Teaching

Together with Dr Ben Pitcher, I am the Co-Leader of the Sociology BA Honours course.  I am module leader for the modules 'Families, Intimacies and Personal Life' (level 6), 'Researching Society' (level 4) and 'London Explored' (level 4).

I am a dissertation supervisor and personal tutor. I am particularly interested in theories and practice of teaching and learning, and seek to develop the application of these in my teaching.  In 2016 I was awarded a University of Westminster Teaching Fellowship for an outstanding contribution to teaching and learning.  In 2017, as part of the Sociology team, I received a Westminster Teaching Excellence Team Award.

Research

My research interests are in the areas of the sociology of education and family studies, and in social policy. They fall into three strands:

I am working on a project funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants scheme (£4,222 awarded March 2016 – September 2017) on nursery schools and early years education policy in England.

I am continuing work in the area of sexuality education, homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools, and the experiences of LGBTQ teachers. Together with the RSE Hub I have hosted two symposiums (in 2015 and 2017) looking at how research in sexuality, relationships and sex education can translate into practice in relation to the framework of the Fifteen Domains of Healthy Sexual Development (McKee et al, 2010).

My research has also examined young motherhood and parenting policies, in particular focusing on New Labour’s Teenage Pregnancy Strategy. My doctoral work on young mothers and education was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Publications

For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.