I’m an ESRC funded researcher at Manchester Metropolitan University. I am also a qualified secondary school teacher specialising in Media, Film Studies and English. I write and work with film and video as ‘side hussles’. I try to keep to a DIY aesthetic and the videos and graphics you see here are hand-drawn by me or are produced using free or low-cost apps.
At the moment, I am in the first year of a funded 3+1 year PhD based in The Faculty of Health and Education at MMU. This project is funded through the ESCRC via the WRDTP partnership. I completed an integrated MA in Social Research as part of this programme last year.
My research interests and teaching expertise span across Education, Disability Studies and The Arts. I have a particular interest in film and video-based methods/methodologies in the context of secondary schools. This interest -and my PhD project- is inspired by my own lived experiences of teaching film and media and leading film clubs in secondary schools. Since 2014 I have worked with the UK film education organisation Into Film.
My Ph.D. fieldwork will explore a co-produced after-school film club as a means to explore lived experiences of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in the context of secondary education. I myself have a diagnosis of ADHD, Dyslexia and Dyscalculia. I think these ‘labels’ bring a whole new exciting dimension to my research and work …
The academic PhD blurb:
Across the PhD project, a collaborative film club will be seen as an emergent and generative space where young people and school staff can become ‘co-researchers’ . The collaboration and collectivism of the club and the creative activities undertaken will unfold to illuminate and bring into question notions of ability/disability, ‘lived experiences’, and what it means to be included in and out of research and schooling.
In plain English, this means this project is about creating a collective and creative space where students, school staff, and the PhD reseracher herself can engage in some film related activites and start to explore their everyday experiences of schooling and neurodiversity and ADHD.