My classes are tailored to the needs, interests and abilities of each student. Everyone learns differently and I take this into account when planning lessons, reviewing written work and ensuring students understand what is required of them.
I try to make learning as interesting as possible. I also like to leave students with some broader study skills to enable them to work well in the future.
I have been working with students for more than 10 years, including tutoring, mentoring, skills development, coaching and teaching in the social sciences (Politics, Sociology).
My academic experience is predominantly in sociology, politics/government/international relations and race/ethnicity/cultural studies. I have worked professionally within these areas for many years, so I support my academic teaching with practical examples to aid understanding.
My style of teaching is open, interactive and engaging, having worked in both formal and informal education. I have a successful track-record with my students and am happy to share reviews.
I am also a certified career and personal coach, skills I apply to my tutoring or offer as stand alone sessions.
I am DBS checked.
With more than a decade’s experience working with students at undergraduate and postgraduate level, I pride myself on enabling my students (in seminars and 1-2-1 tutoring) to understand complex ideas, plan assignments and achieve the standards they are capable of. My approach combines real life examples and coaching skills to ensure lessons are engaging and enjoyable.
2013- PhD in Sociology (ongoing)
Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Surrey UK
Awarded a Doctoral Scholarship in Sociology from the Economic and Social Research Council UK and University of Surrey Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences
2007-2009 MA in Ethnicity, Globalisation and Cultures (Distinction)
School of Social Science, History and Philosophy, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
2002-2005 BA (Hons) in International Relations (2:1)
University of Leeds, UK
Qualitative Field Methods (2-6/2014)
Undergraduate module: Planned and led seminars, marked coursework and advised students about ethnographic methods, observation and interviews and qualitative data analysis
Sociological Theory (9-12/2013)
Undergraduate module: Planned and led seminars, set and marked in class tests and used visual media to teach both descriptive and critical sociological theories
Private Tutoring (ongoing)
Tutor undergraduate and postgraduate sociology and social science students
Review written work, advise on study skills and time management, ensure understanding of difficult theoretical, practical and empirical content, enable students to attain grades that meet their expectations and abilities
Policy & Public Affairs Manager, The Faith and Belief Forum: 4/2007 (full-time since 3/2008) – 9/2013
Developed and oversaw policy and public affairs strategy and represented this interreligious understanding and education organisation in UK Parliament, working one-to-one with Cabinet Ministers
Led on policy and research roundtables (with academics, policy-makers and frontline education professionals)
Founded and managed UN award-winning parliamentary leadership programme for social science undergraduates of different faith and community backgrounds
Mentored over 250 undergraduates pursuing leadership careers, designing and delivering regular workshops and chairing four public annual lectures with leading media and news personalities
Freelance Consultant, Faith & Community Relations (part-time): 3/2007 – 2/2008
Provided policy, development and fundraising support to small and emerging non-profits. Clients included LGBT Consortium (project on reporting of hate crimes in London boroughs), REALLITY (working with young people to prevent street crime), Department for Communities and Local Government Cohesion and Faiths Unit (advised the governmental body on how to carry out interfaith work with faith community leaders).
Project Coordinator, Leo Baeck College (part-time): 4/2007 – 3/2008
Orchestrated a series of bi- and tri-lateral seminars to encourage understanding and collaboration between trainee Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders. Involved working with educational institutions and seminaries, community leaders and local authorities.
Policy & Projects Officer, Stone Ashdown Trust (full-time): 5/2005 – 3/2007
Developed a variety of events, projects and grass roots groups promoting positive relations between Muslims and Jews in the UK. Expanded the organisation, increasing the membership base from 200 to 2000. Built an accountable governance structure, and raised funds for new activities, including a faith schools twinning programme. Consulted with government, faith and community groups, and interest-based organisations.
Researcher (part-time), Commission for Racial Equality: 5/2005-7/2005
Carried out research on the impact of government policy on asylum seekers and local communities as well as research looking at ways to diffuse tensions between local faith communities. Interviewed community leaders and authored a report on the dispersal of asylum seekers to the North East of England.
Minorities Officer (unpaid, part-time), Leeds University Student Council: 9/2004 – 6/2005
Convened the university’s Interfaith Forum, led the campus wide-wide anti-racism campaign and led the delegation of members to the annual National Union of Students Conference. Awarded honorary life membership for services to the students’ union.
“Belonging under the fluid conditions of contemporary modernity“, Association for the Sociology of Religion Annual Conference in Philadelphia, August 2018
“Boundary-keeping processes in two religion-oriented diasporic communities”, University of Surrey, May 2018
“Negotiating boundaries in an Amish and a Jewish community”, British Sociological Association Annual Conference, April 2018
“Methodological negotiations working with ‘the Amish’ of Pennsylvania”, University of Surrey Department of Sociology Research Seminar, November 2016
“Imposters, Transitions and Mapping Theory: Grappling with literatures on community and modernity in the contemporary era”, South East Doctoral Training Centre Sociology Day School, May 2014
Relevant professional presentations:
“My time in ‘Amish Country’”, Limmud Conference, December 2017
“Public Speaking: On campus, in your communities and beyond the comfortable”, Parliamentors Programme Leadership Intensive, 9/2012
“Make a Change: From three people to a continent”, Houses of Parliament Upcoming Leaders Day, 10/2010
“Intercultural Capital: The value-added of cross communal social action”, National Union of Students Interfaith Leaders Conference, 3/2009
Memberships, Affiliations & Fellowships
Doctoral Fellowship at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown College Pennsylvania, July-September 2016
Postgraduate Representative, University of Surrey Department of Sociology (2014/15)
University of Surrey Sociology Postgraduate Forum (ongoing)
Economic and Social Research Council South East Doctoral Training Centre Postgraduate Scholar (ongoing)
British Sociological Association (BSA) (ongoing)
BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group (ongoing)
BSA Race and Ethnic Studies Group (ongoing)
BSA Activism and Campaigning Group (ongoing)
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