Biography

I joined UEA in September 2019. Originally from South Africa, I have both local and international experience in social work, probation and academic research. I have various academic qualifications and professional experiences across a range of disciplines, which includes postgraduate and professional qualifications in Social Work, Probation Services and Education. These qualifications led to specialist practice in areas of child protection, fostering and adoption, youth offending and restorative justice.

I teach on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the School of Social Work. I am the Director of Sociology Admissions and therefore responsibile student recruitment and selection, delivering lectures at Applicant Day talks, attending Open Days and contributing to marketing material for the Sociology course. I am also Deputy Director for Social Work and assist with student recruitment of social work students accordingly. I am an Advisor for BA undergraduate and MA postgraduate students within the Department. 

 

 

Career

I have various academic qualifications and professional experiences across a range of disciplines, which includes postgraduate and professional qualifications in Social Work, Probation Services and Education. These qualifications led to specialist practice in areas of child protection, fostering and adoption, youth offending and restorative justice. My teaching qualifications include a PGCE qualification with QTLS as well as Fellowship status with the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Most recently, I have completed my PhD in Sociology at the University of Essex, evidence of my capacity to make an original contribution and undertake independent research. Critical pedagogy underpins my teaching and research practises, demonstrated in the varying ways how my PhD findings have contributed to organisational policy reform, pedagogical development and enhanced professional practice. Engaged in research-led education, my empirical data played a pivotal role in contributing to broader organisational processes which overhauled the setting’s GCSE policy and granted all students’ unrestricted access to GCSE provision, despite prior low grades. The PGCE curriculum was also modified to include a Classroom Management module to empower teacher trainees on the course. Published in this research area, my continuous research and scholarly activities are reflected in the list of national and international publications and conference attendances. My academic practice shows a commitment to develop dynamic communities of academic research and education, further reflected in my role as editorial board member of a leading academic journal in the post-16 education sector: Research in Post Compulsory Education and also peer-review academic journals for British Educational Research Journal (BERJ) and The Social Sciences, an American journal. I am also a critical friend for two colleagues holding professorial posts, reviewing journal articles pre-submission to Journal Editors.

Academic Background

Recently, I have achieved my PhD in Sociology, evidence of my capacity to make an original contribution and undertake independent research. I have an undergraduate social work qualification and Honours and Masters qualifications in Probation and Correctional Practice. My teaching qualifications include a PGCE qualification with QTLS as well as Fellowship status with the Higher Education Academy (HEA). I am a registered Social Worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), occasionally working as an independent consultant social worker with British Association of Social Workers (BASW). 

 

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