My background before returning to education was in retail and the NHS which is when my interest in adult literacies and language began. I returned to education in 2005 when I went to college to complete Highers and from there I then went on to complete the University of Stirling Access course in 2007. I completed a degree in English and Sociology at the University of Stirling, before doing a postgraduate teaching qualification (TQFE) which included a ten month placement at Forth Valley College. Since then I have worked with Student Learning Services providing one to one tutorial support, teaching learning strategies to Access students, delivering generic and subject specific workshops.
In addition, I work as a Study Skills Tutor and Assessor of Needs for the Accessibility and Inclusion Service, at the University. During 2013 and 2014 I was involved in a European research project, which was a collaboration between six EU countries, called ‘Level Up’ Learning to Learn. It was aimed at producing generic learning resources for non-traditional learners across the EU. During the autumn of 2013 I piloted the finished workbook materials when delivering a seven-week course at ACE Cornton for non-traditional learners.
Due to my own personal experience and work with adult literacies I have a keen interest in adult learning, inclusive education, wider access for non-traditional students and transitions from school/college to university.