I studied English Language and Linguistics at The University of Sheffield before completing my PGCE at The University of Cumbria. I then went on to teach English at secondary level for more than a decade. During this time, I became particularly interested in the pastoral aspects of education and became Head of Year at Ulverston Victoria High School for several years, supporting students with a huge variety of personal, behavioural and academic issues. During this time, I headed up a variety of projects in order to ameliorate results and student experience. I also set up a business as a GCSE tutor and worked as an examiner for a national exam board.

After moving to a new town, I opted for a change and decided to take up a different kind of student support role at Kendal College (a Student Experience and Progression Officer), which involved working with T-Level students in finding suitable work placements. As part of this role, I supported Business, Childhood Studies and Land-Based Studies students, liaising with employers to ensure standards were met and upheld for both company and learner. I particularly enjoyed visiting students on placement to assure that work was being completed to a high standard.  

These experiences put me in a very good position to prepare for my new role as TPRA, (back here, at the university I loved!), whereupon I enjoy supporting students with any issues, problems and concerns, and working with employers to help them ensure their next generation of the workforce is capable, and above all, happy.

Qualifications and memberships

BA English Language and Linguistics, University of Sheffield

PGCE, University of Cumbria