Meet Our Team

The Manchester Centre for Youth Studies Team:

hannah smithson‌Professor Hannah Smithson

Professor of Criminology & Youth Justice
Director of MCYS

Hannah has worked within the field of criminology for over 15 years and she always ensures real-world relevance and impact for all research she conducts. She works collaboratively with a host of local, national and international communities/stakeholders. The majority of her work involves engagement with a number of communities in and outside of the university, including professionals, activists and the Third Sector. She has directed projects funded by the YJB, ESRC, AHRC, local authorities, police forces and charities. Her research has been instrumental in shaping agendas in research and policy across three interconnected areas: Youth Justice, Youth Gangs and Community Safety and Crime prevention. Young people’s participation is at the heart of the research Hannah carries out and she am committed to developing research methods that enable this.    

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‌‌‌Dr Paul Gray

Senior Lecturer in Criminology
Deputy Director of MCYS 

Paul has been a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Manchester Metropolitan University since 2011. In the 15 years prior to that, he was involved in conducting applied criminological research in the private, public and voluntary sectors. He has managed, and contributed to, numerous multi-method evaluations for a wide range of funders - including the Home Office, the Youth Justice Board, the Welsh Assembly, and the Ministry of Justice. His work has focussed primarily on youth justice, resettlement, substance misuse, and youth engagement


‌‌‌‌Professor Melanie Tebbuttmelanie-t

Professor of History
Head of Youth History at MCYS‌

Melanie has written widely on British social and cultural history in works which include the history of pawnbroking and working-class credit, women’s social networks, gossip and leisure in working-class communities and regional identities. Her research in the last decade has turned to focus on the history of childhood and youth in the modern era and projects which have a strong community-facing focus through involvement in collaborative engagement work with young people and local communities. Her most recent books include Being Boys:Youth, Leisure and Identity in the Inter-War Years (Manchester University Press, 2012) and Making Youth: A History of Youth in Modern Britain (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016).


‌‌Dr Deborah Jump

Senior Lecturer in Criminology
Head of Youth Justice at MCYS

Deborah has over ten years experience of working in youth justice as both a practitioner and service manager. Deborah has implemented sporting programmes such as Splash and Positive Futures, and was the recipient of a Winston Churchill Memorial Fund grant evaluating the impact of sporting programmes on communities in the U.S.A. Deborah’s current research focuses on sport and desistance from crime, and she has recently completed an ethnography looking at the impact of boxing on young offender’s attitudes towards violent crime. She has published on qualitative research methods and national sporting policy evaluation.


‌‌Dr Rob Drummond

Senior Lecturer in Linguistics
Head of Youth Language at MCYS

Rob is a sociolinguist who works primarily within the area of language and identity, with a particular focus on the language of young people who live in urban environments. His most recent youth-oriented project, funded by The Leverhulme Trust, explores the ways in which young people in Pupil Referral Units enact identities through language and other social practices. A book about the project: Researching Urban Youth Language and Identity is due to be published in March 2018. Through his research, publications, and media involvement, Rob is committed to challenging the negative associations that so often surround urban youth language and other non-standard varieties.


‌‌Dr April Pudsey

Senior Lecturer in Ancient History
Head of History and Archaeology of Youth & Childhood at MCYS

April's primary research interests are in children’s lives, agency and cultures in classical Antiquity, particularly Graeco-Roman Egypt, and in the demography of the ancient world. She is currently working on two internationally collaborative projects relating to ancient childhood. Growing Up in an Ancient Metropolis. Children in Roman Oxyrhynchos (with Ville Vuolanto, Oslo/Tampere), is the first project of its kind, systematically examining thousands of Greek papyri from the Egyptian city to reconstruct the lives and experience of children in a variety of domestic, political, religious and community contexts. April is also co-Investigator on a major AHRC-funded project (led by Ellen Swift, Canterbury, Kent with the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL), which reconstructs everyday lives of the inhabitants of Roman and Late Roman/Early Christian Egypt through its artefacts. Her other ongoing projects and publications relate to the cultures and materiality of infant care in the past: feeding, weaning and wet-nursing practices across the Graeco-Roman world. April is developing a network of scholars working on Children’s Cultures and Agency, Past and Present, which has seen two international events through the Centre for Youth Studies.


‌‌‌‌‌Anna-Christina Jones‌

Senior Research Assistant at MCYS‌

Anna-Christina is an interdisciplinary researcher working in the area of criminology and youth justice. Anna-Christinahas a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Investigative and Forensic Psychology from the University of Liverpool. She is currently completing a PhD in Youth Justice at MMU. Anna-Christina led the Greater Manchester Youth Justice University Partnership (GMYJUP) Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project, an initiative that facilitated the bi-directional transfer of ideas and initiatives between academia and practice and led the collaborative development of effective practice within the Greater Manchester YJS. This pioneering project focuses on enhancing evidence-based, assessment-led early intervention for those receiving out of court disposals, as well utilising Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) to champion young people’s voices and explore their direct experiences and journeys towards desistance from crime.


Members of Manchester Centre for Youth Studies:

Graham Smyth

Profile and research interests

Graham (LLB, MA) has been a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at MMU’s Sociology department since January 2006. He joined MMU following a career in which he worked for 26 years in criminal justice as an officer and a manager within the Probation Service, as a Safer Cities coordinator / community safety manager and as head of a Youth Offending Service. Graham’s research interests include youth justice; crime prevention; interventions with offenders designed to change their behaviour; probation. Graham’s research has looked at delivery of services to young people within the criminal justice system, intensive probation schemes, resettlement schemes for released prisoners, restorative justice schemes, and ‘life coaching’ within the secure estate.

Recent relevant publications/presentations

Refereed journal articles


  • GM. Smyth (2015). A Baseline Evaluation of Restorative Justice Work within Manchester Youth Offending Service. , Manchester Youth Offending Service.
  • GM. Smyth (2014). Evaluation of Coaching Inside And Out. n/a, Coaching Inside And Out.
  • GM. Smyth (2008). First Time Entrants to the Youth Justice System in Cheshire: Who Are They and How Can They Be Kept Out? A review.


Jo Jenkinson

Department: Manchester Fashion Institute

Role: Principal Lecturer

Profile and research interests

Jo worked as a designer in the fashion industry prior to teaching Fashion, initially at Manchester School of Art and then Manchester Fashion
Institute. Jo’s interest in Youth Studies grew out of a personal interest in the interactions between music, style, gender and youth. She is currently investigating these themes in her doctoral study which explores memory and narratives of youth through the lens of music and dress.

In 2016 Jo set up a Fashion and Business Saturday Club at the Manchester Fashion Institute working with 13-15 year olds from 20 schools across Greater Manchester.

The club developed Jo’s interest in youth, style and identity leading to further youth projects, working with colleagues in MCYS, including the ‘Portraits of Youth’ project. Jo and the ‘Portraits of Youth’ team are currently planning further workshops, with diverse youth groups, exploring and articulating identities of youth through clothing.

Contact Details

Dr Helene Snee

Profile and research interests

Helene’s research interests focus on young people and social class. In particular, Helene is interested in youth transitions, social mobility and education and social class (particularly concerning culture, consumption and identity). Helene is an advocate of collaborative research and a member of the ‘Res-Sisters’ feminist collective. As well as being co-convenor of the British Sociology Association’s (BSA) Youth Study Group Helene has a broad range of collaborative scholarly experience including contributing to recent work on Great British Class Survey project and as an organising member of digital methods as social science research network.

Recent relevant publications/presentations 

Featured Works

Books (authored/edited/special issues)

  • M. Savage, N. Cunningham, F. Devine, S. Friedman, D. Laurison, et al. L. McKenzie, A. Miles, H. Snee, P. Wakeling. (2015). Social Class in the 21st Century. Pelican Books.
  • H. Snee, C. Hine, Y. Morey, S. Roberts, H. Watson (2015). Digital Methods for Social Science: An Interdisciplinary Guide to Research Innovation. H. Snee, C. Hine, Y. Morey, S. Roberts, H. Watson. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • H. Snee (2014). A cosmopolitan journey? Difference, distinction and identity work in gap year travel.

Refereed journal articles

Chapters in books

  • H. Snee, F. Devine (2015). Young people’s transitions to employment: Making choices, negotiating constraints. In: Handbook of Children and Youth Studies. pp.543-555.
  • H. Snee (2011). Youth Research in Web 2.0: A Case Study in Blog Analysis. In: Innovations in Youth Research. Palgrave Macmillan,
  • The Res-Sisters I'm an early career feminist academic : get me out of here?. R. Thwaites, A. Godoy-Pressland.. In: Feminist Beginnings: Being an Early Career Feminist Academic in a Changing Academy. Palgrave Macmillan,


Selected invited papers

  • (2014) ‘Digital Methods as Mainstream Methodology?’ Personal Development Workshop at British Academy of Management Conference, Belfast, September 2014.
  • (2010) ‘Framing Gap Year Places: representations of difference in online travel narratives’, Auras of Place Workshop, Morgan Centre, University of Manchester, March 2010.

Conference organisation

  • Member of Scientific Committee for Journal of Youth Studies Conference 2015.

Dr Haridhan Goswami

Department: Sociology

Role: Senior Lecturer

Profile and research interests

I have developed expertise on quantitative methods especially in survey design, testing reliability and validity of data collection instruments, multivariate analysis of data, and research with children and young people and their subjective well-being from the research I did in the Third Sector for almost 6 years and  Higher Education for over 7 years. Prior to joining the Department of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University, I designed, developed, and taught courses on quantitative methods for both undergraduate and postgraduate students in sociology for over 4 years. In teaching quantitative methods, I use real life examples from my own research. I believe this is crucial to explain the relevance and correct application of statistical techniques in social research which otherwise can be abstract and alien to many learners.

Areas of expertise

  • Research with children and young people
  • Quantitative methods
  • Subjective well-being
  • Survey design
  • Multivariate analysis of data
  • Inter-ethnic group relations

Current and future research with young people

I have been actively involved with Professor Gary Pollock and Professor Chris Fox and 11 European partners in bidding MYWEB (Measuring Youth Well-being) Project, which has recently won 1.5 million Euros funding from the European Commission (under FP7 call). The project aims to assess the feasibility of a European longitudinal study for children and young people.

I am currently involved in an another FP7 funded research project called MYPLACE (Memory, Youth, Political Legacy And Civic Engagement) which explores how young people’s social participation is shaped by totalitarianism and populism in Europe. Further detail of the project is available at


  • PeerJ
  • Drustvena istrazivanja: Journal for General Social Issues
  • Child Indicators Research
  • Safer Communities
  • Young: Nordic Journal of Youth Research

Recent relevant publications

  • Goswami, H. (In Press). Socio-demographic factors and participation of the European youth: A multilevel analysis. Polish Sociological Review.
  • Goswami, H., and Pollock, G. (In Press). Correlates of Mental Health and Psychological Well-being of the European Youth: evidence from the European Quality of Life Survey. Perspectives on Youth. Issue 3.
  • Goswami, H., Fox, C., and Pollock, G. (2015). The current evidence base and future needs in improving children's well-being across Europe: is there a case for a comparative longitudinal survey? Child Indicators Research. Online First.
  • Franks, M., Medforth, R., Goswami, H. (2015). Barriers to the uptake of emergency accommodation by young runaways and thrown-out-children and the role of the ‘transitional person’. Children and Society. 29 (2), pp. 146-156.
  • Goswami, H. (2014). Children’s Subjective Well-being: Socio-demographic Characteristics and Personality. Child Indicators Research. 7 (1), pp.119-140.
  • Goswami, H. (2012). Social Relationships and Children’s Subjective Well-being. Social Indicators Research.107 (3), pp. 575—588.

Contact Details

E-mail:; Telephone: 0161 247 3078

Clare Knox-Bentham

Department: Manchester School of Art

Profile and Research Interests

Clare is the Outreach Manager for Manchester School of Art. Her role is to liaise with schools, community groups, museums, galleries and creative and cultural organisation to see how Manchester School of Art can support and promote creativity in the region. Manchester School of Art Outreach Team can help in a variety of ways, through providing volunteers or mentors from our undergraduate cohort, or linking organisations with graduate practitioners; to running independent projects or providing CPD for schools and teachers. 

Engagement and Knowledge Exchange

Within the School of Art, Clare coordinates interactive experiential workshops and exhibitions. The Outreach Team delivers the Art & Design Mentor programme for students which provides training, support and employability advice for students aiming to progress into teaching or who want to include public engagement/workshop delivery as part of their own practice.

Community Links

Clare also manages Marketplace Studios in Stockport, where Manchester School of Art graduates can set up their own creative practice. The studios provide graduates with a place to work independently, while still being supported by the University through mentoring, business advice, talks and workshops.


  • Knox-Bentham, C. (2015) 'Raising the Bar:', International Journal of Art & Design Education Conference, Tate Liverpool, 24- 25th November 2015.

International Projects

  • ‘Dare to Begin’ 2015, World Skills Competition, Sau Paolo Brazil
  • ‘Connected Explorers’ 2016, British Council, Rio Brazil


  • The Invisibility Tardis Shed of Navel Contemplation, interactive collaboration with Adriano DiGaudio July 2015; RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire
  • Window Box Wall (interactive exhibition), RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, 22nd - 26th July 2014, Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire
  • Art School Allotment, RHS Flower Show Tatton Park,  2013, Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire

Dr Katie Milestone

Department: Sociology and Criminology

Role: Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Profile and Research Interests

I have been researching aspects of youth and popular culture since commencing a career in academic research and teaching. My research career began on gaining a PhD scholarship at the MMU Manchester Institute for Popular Culture (MIPC). My PhD examined the role of pop and youth culture in transforming the area of Manchester now know as the Northern Quarter. Whilst at the MIPC I worked with colleagues on a number of projects focusing on Manchester’s youth culture including projects on club culture, music, youth employment and young women in creative industries. My youth related research has predominantly been connected with music and popular culture. I have researched and published work on the Northern Soul scene, Manchester’s transformation via youth and popular culture and histories of girls and youth subcultures. I have organised conferences and research events on these themes. I was commissioned to write an article on youth culture for the guardian newspaper which is available here

I have led research projects totalling £300,000 in grant funding from organisations including the European Social Fund (see below for details). Many of these projects had a youth focus. I have incorporated my research interests into a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and have supervised a number of Masters and PhD projects on youth related themes.

Katie’s main youth related research interests;

  • Gender and popular culture
  • Popular music and social change
  • Northern soul
  • Youth subcultures
  • Place and cultural identity 

Youth related current/future projects and presentations

Youth related publications/research reports/presentations

  • 2014 (forthcoming) Discothèque: The Revolutions of Dance Music Culture. (with Simon Morrison), London & Chicago: Reaktion and U. of Chicago Press
  • 2014 (forthcoming) Entry on ‘Northern Soul’ in the Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World
  • 2014 (forthcoming) ‘Gender and Cultural Industries’ in The Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries, Oakley,K and O’Connor,J (eds), Routledge


  • The Journal of Psychology and Popular Culture

Dr Samuel Larner

Profile and research interests

Samuel is a forensic linguist in the Department of Languages, Information and Communications and Associate Head of the Centre for Applied Pragmatics and Forensic Linguistics. Prior to joining Manchester Metropolitan University in 2014, Samuel was a lecturer in linguistics at the University of Central Lancashire and Newman University, and held research posts at Lancaster University and Aston University. His research primarily explores individual linguistic variation and how this relates to forensic authorship attribution, having published several articles and a monograph in this area. However, an emerging area of interest is in the language of sexual abuse disclosures made by children and young people, since their linguistic capabilities may limit the extent to which they can make a full and clear disclosure. This may be problematic from a safeguarding perspective since the recipient of the disclosure may not realize or fully appreciate what the child or young person is trying to disclose, or even that they are attempting to disclose. His current research project explores the language of sexual abuse disclosure through a corpus-assisted discourse studies (CADS) approach. CADS combines traditional qualitative discourse analysis (e.g. use of metaphor, ambiguity, equivocation) with quantitative analysis of word and word-cluster frequency lists, comparative keyword lists, and analysis of concordances (examples of language use in context) to uncover the hidden and complex meanings conveyed in discourse.

Recent relevant publications/presentations  

Featured Works

Books (authored/edited/special issues)

  • S. Larner (2014). Forensic Authorship Analysis and the World Wide Web. Palgrave Macmillan.

Refereed journal articles

Chapters in books

  • PJ. Taylor,, SD. Larner, SM. Conchie, S. Van Der Zee (2014). Cross-cultural deception detection. PA. Granhag, B. Verschuere. In: Deception Detection: current challenges and new approaches. London: Wiley, pp.175-201.
  • SD. Larner Formulaic Word N-grams as Markers of Forensic Authorship Attribution: Identification of recurrent n-grams in adult L1 English writers’ short personal narratives. In: Phraseology in Legal and Institutional Settings. A Corpus-based Interdisciplinary Perspective. Routledge,


  • SD. Larner Investigating Formulaic Language as a Marker of Authorship. In: Proceedings of The International Association of Forensic Linguists’ Tenth Biennial Conference. Aston University, Birmingham, 7/2011

Dr Rob Ralphs

Department: Department of Sociology and Policy Evaluation Research Unit (PERU) -

Profile and Research Interests

Dr Rob Ralphs is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology. He has 15 years experience of research and lecturing in the areas of substance misuse, youth crime, violent crime, gangs, criminal justice policy and criminological theory. Rob teaches in the areas of criminological theory, youth and crime, substance use and violent crime.  He has a particular expertise and knowledge in the fields of drug use (both problematic and recreational) and gangs and related violent crime, i.e. gun and knife crime and drugs.  He currently supervises both postgraduate and undergraduate students in research on alcohol, drugs, gangs, violent crime and youth justice policy. 

Rob has a particular focus on youth and violence, teaching on units such as Crime and Violence, Contemporary Issues in Deviant Youth Lifestyles, Troubles of Youth, Youth Justice and Juvenile Delinquency and Managing Offenders in the Community. Rob an advocate of research led teaching and has recently developed a third year undergraduate unit: Contemporary Issues in ‘Deviant’ Youth Lifestyles’ that combines his research interests in focusing on substance (mis)use, gangs and related drug dealing, gun and knife crime.  He is currently developing a year two unit that focuses on substance misuse and responses. Rob teaches and conducts research  in the areas of criminological theory, youth and crime, substance use and violent crime.  He has a particular expertise and knowledge in the fields of drug use (both problematic and recreational) and gangs and related violent crime, i.e. gun and knife crime and drugs. Rob has a particular focus on youth and violence, teaching on units such as Crime and Violence, Contemporary Issues in Deviant Youth Lifestyles, Troubles of Youth, Youth Justice and Juvenile Delinquency and Managing Offenders in the Community.

Postgraduate supervision (completed/in progress)

Rob currently supervises both postgraduate and undergraduate students in research on alcohol, drugs, gangs, violent crime and youth justice policy.

Research expertise

Rob is particularly interested in two broad areas of research: drug use, gangs and (violent) youth crime.

Some of Rob’s recent research includes being the lead researcher on an ethnographic study of youth gangs, the ESRC funded project Youth Gangs in an English City: Social Exclusion, Drugs and Violence. Articles from the research have been published in Children and Society(, Research Ethics Review, the Journal of Youth Studies, and in a number of edited collections. A book based on this research 'Youth Gangs in an English City' is due for publication by Routledge in 2012. Other major research projects have included the ESRC funded project Governing Drug Related Crime in the Risk Society (Jan 2007-June2009). Publications based on this research have been published in the British Journal of Criminology and Drugscope with the related book: 'Tough Choices: Drug policy and the risk-security nexus' in press and due for publication with Oxford University Press in early 2012. He has also been the lead researcher for the following research projects: exploring parents of ‘gang’ members support needs; ‘8 ‘til late’ mentoring evaluation; a local authority funded research project into the 'extent and nature of violent gangs'; training ex-offenders in research methods and the UK Drug Policy Committee funded, ‘Barriers to Employment for (Ex)-Problematic Drug Users’.

Academic collaborations

Rob is also a member of the Eurogang Network of gang researchers and subsequently disseminates his research across Europe and beyond with recent conference presentations of his work taking place in America, Australia, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Rob has developed an international reputation for his gang expertise and research and is currently exploring the possibility of cross-national research in this area with fellow gang researchers.

Youth Related Publications

Books (authored/edited/special issues)

  • 2012. [Author] Tough Choices. OUP Oxford.

Refereed journal articles

  • 2013. Used and abused the problematic usage of gang terminology in the united kingdom and its implications for ethnic minority youth. British Journal of Criminology. 53, 113-128.
  • 2012. Hidden Behind the Gunfire: Young Women's Experiences of Gang-Related Violence. Violence Against Women. 18, 653-661.
  • 2012. Mentoring Siblings of Gang Members: A Template for Reaching Families of Gang Members?. Children & Society. 26, 14-24.
  • 2011. Blame the Parents? Challenges for Parent-Focused Programmes for Families of Gang-Involved Young People. Children & Society. 25, 371-381.
  • 2009. Who needs enemies with friends like these? The importance of place for young people living in known gang areas. Journal of Youth Studies. 12,
  • 2008. Gang research in the UK: is it too dangerous?. Social Science Teacher. 38, 12-16.

Chapters in books

  • Dangers and problems of doing 'gang' research in the UK.
  • Collateral damage: territory and policing in an English gang city.

Engagement and Knowledge Exchange

Consultancy and advisory roles

Rob is regularly asked to be an expert consultant and his consultancy work has included Gang, gun and knife related Consultancy for Hackney Borough Council, Manchester City Council, the North West Development Agency the Scottish Government and other local authorities, concerned about violent offending, drug use and emerging gangs.

Community, charity and NGO links

Rob's involvement in gang related work extends beyond his academic life and he is a Trustee of the charity Mothers Against Violence who work to reduce gang membership and related violent crime. He was also a founder member and secretary of GMPs Trafford division Gun and Gang Independent Advisory Group and is involved in the Inter Community Defence Council which provides conflict mediation around gang related disputes and supports many other local community initiatives and individuals that work to tackle youth crime, substance use, and violent crime. He has recently helped to set a 'recovery in the community' arm of Mothers Against Violence (MAV) which now works with problem drug users at various stages of recovery, vulnerable young sex workers in the city centre. Together with fellow MAV members and partner agencies such as the Angelus Foundation and North Base, he is working on developing a harm reduction and education package around legal highs.

Impact and influence on policy

His research into gangs has resulted in inputs into policy developments and think-tanks at local, national and international level.

Media appearances or involvement

His knowledge and experience of gangs means that he is also regularly in demand for media interviews and comment on developing gang policy, violent incidents (e.g. the 2011 English riots and the 2011 coalition's gang strategy). Rob contributes to local, national and international media discussions on gangs. His views have been sought by crime documentary teams (e.g. Discovery) SKY news, ITV, the BBC, the Guardian, The Independent and news agencies in Denmark, Germany and Australia where he has conducted various TV, radio, magazine and newspaper interviews.


Professor Steve Miles

Department: Department of Sociology and Policy Evaluation Research Unit 

Profile and Research Interests

Professor Steve Miles has recently been writing a book to be published by Routledge and entitled, ‘Retail and Social Change’ and am involved in a number of other publishing projects. Steve is also working with the British Council to advise the Brazilian government as to the role of the creative industries in economic development. He was co-investigator on an AHRC research project, ‘the Brighton FUSE’ designed to look at what can be learnt from the Creative, Digital and IT cluster in Brighton and was responsible for designing Impacts08 the largest research programme looking at the social, cultural and economic impacts of European Capital of Culture, worldwide.

Research and areas for potential PhD supervision

  • Consumer culture and identity
  • Commodification of the city
  • Regeneration of the city
  • Retail and social change
  • Young people and cultural production/consumption
  • Cultural industries

Recent Related Publications

Refereed journal articles

  • 2014. Young people, flawed protestors and the commodification of resistance. Critical Arts. 28, 76-87.
  • 2014. The Beijing Olympics: Complicit consumerism and the re-invention of citizenship. Contemporary Social Science. 9, 159-172.
  • 2013. The Beijing Olympics: Complicit consumerism and the re-invention of citizenship. Contemporary Social Science.


Claudia Conerney

Department: Initiatives and Developments: External Activities (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)

Claudia Conerney is the Schools’ Liaison Coordinator for the Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Manchester Metropolitan University. Claudia previously spent six years working in several secondary schools across Manchester as an English teacher and a Literacy Coordinator. The schools that Claudia has worked in are all based in areas of high economic and social deprivation; among them Moss Side, Gorton and Beswick.  Consequently,  Claudia is acutely aware of the barriers to learning that the pupils in these areas face and has created schemes of work that raise the attainment and aspirations of pupils with English as an Additional Language as well as struggling and reluctant readers and writers. In her current role as Schools’ Liaison Coordinator she is responsible for a wide portfolio of creative outreach projects and events for schools and colleges called ‘Walking in their Shoes’. Claudia is also responsible for coordinating schools’ events for the Manchester Children’s Book Festival.


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