I am currently studying for a doctorate (EdD) in literacy and language at the University of Sheffield and my dissertation is on the language and literacy practices of Pakistani, Muslim women.
I have worked most of my life in the voluntary community sector and am currently employed as Development and Partnership Manager with Rotherham United Community Sports Trust. I hold a number of other positions in Rotherham including vice-chair of Thornhill primary school, which I attended as a child.
I was a community researcher on the Sheffield University collaborative project, 'The social, historical, cultural, and democratic context of civic engagement: imagining different communities and making them happen,' funded by the ESR/AHRC Connected Communities programme. The Imagine project connected communities to research through arts practices, storytelling, writing, poetry, and visual images, using arts to understand the everyday language and literacy practices of different communities in Rotherham, exploring the histories of a steel town, and its diverse identities and cultures.
I was a Community researcher on ‘Threads of Time", a co-produced participatory art project funded by AHRC’s Connected Communities Festival 2016. ‘Threads of Time’ a co-produced participatory art project funded by AHRC’s Connected Communities Festival 2016,
I was a Community Co-I- AHRC-funded project called ‘Taking Yourselves Seriously: 2017 that focused on an artistic methodological framework based on tactic, experimental visual and linguistic knowledge exploring new ways of thinking about community cohesion, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of their Connected Communities programme.