My teaching methods are guided by the students themselves, their various levels of ability and also their personalities. I make use of technology (such as Padlet) where students can upload and share content they find interesting. Some students respond well to having to research and present on a particular topic, answering questions in small groups or having general class discussions and relating the topic to current issues/media stories to help it appear more relevant and less abstract.
I have a taught classes of 30 university students at both the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University from Year 1 to Year 3 which has included providing one-to-one support and marking essays and exams. I have experience of delivering lectures and tutorials on general study skills, sociological theory, consumerism, social policy and youth studies. Some of my students have gone on to embark upon PhD's themselves!
Date of Birth: 04/02/1983
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Research Fellow (Temporary position) May 2018 – January 2019
School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds
• Research Fellow on the 'Financing for Society - Crowdfunding Public Infrastructure' project. Responsibilities included: conducting desk-based reviews of academic and policy literature relating to crowdfunding, alternative forms of finance for public infrastructure, and assessing their social and economic impact.
• Planning and undertaking qualitative interviews with project partners and analysing the data.
• Relationship management of project partners and key stakeholders.
• Presenting research findings to a variety of academic and non-academic audiences.
Part-time Lecturer (Temporary Position) September 2017 – January 2018
School of Health and Community Studies, Leeds Beckett University
• Preparation and teaching for Lectures on the second year module ‘Context of Practice (Social Policy) on the BA (Hons) Young People, Communities and Society.
• Responsible for redeveloping the module, revising existing content and creating a new tutorial on ‘youth identity and transitions’
• Marking both exams and assignments in accordance with University guidelines and providing feedback to students in a timely and clear manner.
• Providing support and guidance for students as and when required.
Teaching and Curriculum Development Assistant October 2015 – June 2016
School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds
• Preparation and teaching of tutorials for the Level One module ‘Understanding and Researching Contemporary Society’ and ‘Sociology of Consumerism’. Working with module convenors to innovate on the style, content and delivery of modules.
• Holding weekly open door sessions to offer support and advice to students
• Marking students’ assessments in accordance with the University’s marking criteria and providing useful feedback within set timescales.
• Researcher for the Schools ‘curriculum enrichment’ project. Responsible for conducting an investigation into Sociology and Social Policy at the World’s Top 100 Universities, culminating in a written report identifying future opportunities for module provision within the school.
Marketing Communications Officer March 2007 – September 2010
Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds
• Co-ordination of corporate publications and promotional material production including undergraduate and postgraduate prospectuses. Project Management of own portfolio of publications. Deputise for Marketing Communications Manager in their absence.
• Creative development and evolution of design of publications.
• Events manager for promotional tours, school events and recruitment fairs. Supervisor to larger events such as open days and UCAS fairs. Presenting to a variety of audiences on a regular basis such as prospective students and their parents and colleagues.
• Copywriter and proof-reader for editorials, advertisements and publications.
• Conducted and interpreted market research and analysis including benchmarking exercises.
• Line Management of Graduate Trainees.
PhD Sociology and Social Policy September 2010 – July 2015
University of Leeds
Funded by a Frank Stell Research Scholarship
‘Permanently Temping? – Education, Labour Markets and Precarious Transitions to Adulthood’
A study examining the effects of neoliberal capitalism on the lives and experiences of young temporary workers in Yorkshire and how the growth of ‘precarity’ is impacting upon transitions to adulthood.
• ‘Just a Temp’ - The experiences and effects of precarious employment amongst university graduates. Journal of Youth Studies Conference, Copenhagen, April 2015
• ‘Selling Yourself’ - Self-commodification, performance and the unpaid labour of job-seeking. Work, Employment and Society Conference, University of Leeds, September 2016
• University of Leeds: Study Skills; Central Debates in Welfare; Sociological Thinking; Understanding and Researching Contemporary Society; Sociology of Consumerism.
• Leeds Beckett University: Context of Practice (Social Policy)
• Davis M, and Cartwright L. (2019). ‘‘Deferred Lives’: Money, Debt, and the Financialized Futures of Young Temporary Workers’, In: The Sociology of Debt. Chicago University Press/ Policy Press
University of York October 2005 – September 2006
MA Sociology of Contemporary Culture (Pass)
Dissertation: “Desperately Seeking Success – Youth Biographies, Higher Education and Labour in the New Capitalist Economy” (Distinction)
Leeds Metropolitan University September 2002 – June 2005
BA (Hons) Media & Popular Culture (First Class Honours)
Dissertation: “An Investigation into Dance Music/Club Culture as a form of Youth Subculture”
(First Class Honours)
Hull College of Further Education September 2000 – June 2002
A Levels: Media Studies (C); English Language and Literature (C);
Wyke College of Further Education, Hull September 1999 - June 2000
GCSE Maths (Grade C)
Newland School for Girls, Hull September 1994 – June 1999
GCSEs: All A-C including English
References available upon request.
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