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My main employment is as a lecturer in Career Guidance and Development, at the University of the West of Scotland. My teaching and research focuses on addressing the barriers to success created by inequality, disadvantage and discrimination and promoting and supporting inclusive practice. I have a keen interest in open educational resources and also tutor for the Open University on module YXM130, Making your experience count.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have worked in higher education careers, widening participation, research and teaching roles since 2004. 

Research interests
I am studying towards a PhD researching the career decision-making factors that contribute to gender segregation in apprenticeships. I am a doctoral student at Heriot-Watt University, and have been co-funded by the ESRCSkills Development Scotland and the University of the West of Scotland. Alongside this I am currently involved in research projects on domestic abuse and career guidance, and dementia and career guidance. 

Career development professional
I am a Career Development Institute registered professional. I hold the Qualification in Career Guidance and Development and I am a member of the Career Development Institute and AGCASGo to Careers Advice for information on my training and career development support for adultsI sit on the Career Development Institute Professional Standards Committee as the Career Education constituency representative.

Creative writing 
I previously worked as a writer and creative writing tutor. My short stories and plays (some award-winning) have been published and produced worldwide. I continue to teach creative writing for The Open University as an associate lecturer on module A215