Biography

Following an international career with the Foreign Office experiencing different cultures across the globe.  I completed my first degree as a mature student in Psychology and Sociology at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in 2007.  On completion of my degree, I continued in education dividing my time between working as an Academic Skills Tutor (working with International students as well as mature students returning to study) and administration.  Firmly rooted in Education, I continued my studies as a mature student at UEA, graduating with an MA in Education in 2012.

I have recently co-organised the School of Education and Lifelong Learning Bi-annual Doctoral Conference   "Doing Doctoral Research: Making a Difference?”  I am a member of the “Research in Higher Education and Society” (RHES), and as a student representative for the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, I have been working with the Students Working in Partnership with UEA – QAA Quality Code Implementation Group.

Key Research Interests

I commenced my PhD in October 2013 - the focus of my research is ‘Mature Students’.  Provisional research title:  A Study of Mature Students Studying for an Undergraduate Degree in an English Higher Education Setting.  The research study aims to understand and represent the educational experience of full time  mature students studying for an undergraduate degree in an English higher education setting, producing a thesis which is sufficiently realistic, whilst at the same time contributes to the knowledge enhancement and the growth of lifelong learning in higher education.  It is anticipated that the research study will explore the first-hand educational experiences of the sociological dynamics of mature students.  Analysing the rich perspective of student life, how mature students learn to be students, how they relate to their academic studies; and what helps and hinders their studies as well as where it fits in with the rest of their lives.