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Personal profile

Personal profile

I have been a Teaching Fellow at Abertay Sociology department since 2006.

Before I came to Abertay I taught Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Stirling (Sociology and Sociology department),

Glasgow Caledonian University (Sociology department),

Strathclyde University (Sociology department) and Aberdeen University (Sociology department).

Aberdeen University (Sociology department)

Dundee University (Social Work and Community Education department)

Since 2006-2016) I also worked with for Open University as an Associate Lecturer teaching various areas of Sociology, Criminology and Social Policy.

Teaching

My key areas of teaching are,

1st and 2nd level

Criminology

Sociology

Research interests

Since 2000 I have extensive and continues experience in carrying out policy-orientated research evaluations for the Scottish Government and other government departments such as NHS Tayside, the Directorate of Public Health Dundee. 

The key focus of my research is education and health and the role of education, particularly of young people and risk in areas such as sexual health; smoking; physical exercise; homelessness among young disabled people; access to health care; and more recently sexual consent. This research often leads me to work with and research young people and hard-to-reach groups, vulnerable young people, teachers and other health and government professionals.

Currently I am working on developing innovative educational tools and gameing on sexual consent for schools. This study is a interdiciplinary approach with Computor games here at Abertay and a cross national study between Scotland and Portugal.

Funding

(2008-2011) Evaulation of Keep Well- Young Peoples Attitudes to Tobacco in Dundee Schools, for Tayside Directorate of Public Health and Dundee City Council (£40,083) University of Abertay

(2007-2008) Respect and Responsibility; A Review of Progress and Next Steps, for the Scottish Government (£4,479) University of Dundee and University of Abertay

Esteem

Vice chair on the board of Governors for WRASAC Women Rape and Sexual Violence Centre Dundee since (2016)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Fellow of Higher Education Academy, FHEA

Award Date: 29 May 2015

Social Research, Masters by Research, Research processes and practices in policy sociology, University of Strathclyde

Award Date: 13 Jul 2008

Sociology and Film and Media Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Upper 2.1, University of Stirling

Award Date: 28 Jun 2000

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