About



Introduction
I am a lecturer in Careers 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.

Careers practitioner
I hold the Qualification in Career Guidance and Development and I am a member of the Career Development Institute and AGCASI offer work-based training and career development support for adults on a freelance basis. 

Academic background
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have worked in higher education careers, widening participation, research and teaching roles since 2004. As a doctoral researcher, I am studying towards a PhD researching the career decision-making factors that contribute to gender segregation in apprenticeships. I am based at Heriot-Watt University, and have been co-funded by the ESRC, Skills Development Scotland and the University of the West of Scotland.

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.