Working for myself allows me to work on projects where I feel most passionate, examples include:
Pathways PhD and ECR conference; The University of Manchester
This annual event provides information for PhDs and Early Career Researchers who are transitioning into or out of academia. I have spoken on panels for Humanities graduates considering alternative employment and on a keynote panel discussing employee perceptions and alternative careers with employers, speaking from the position of consultants.
I have designed and delivered modules for the Education, Youth Studies and Early years departments for Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester. This included the following units: ‘Children, Youth and Society’, ‘Children, Schools and Families’ ‘Citizenship and Participation’, ‘Children’s Services’, ‘Health, Community and Social Care’, ‘Reflective Youth and Community Work Practice’ and ‘Learning in Places’.
Research Education and Development National Conference
I presented at the REDs national conference with Anna Seabourne from the University of Huddersfield under the title ‘Careers in Limbo; Using Social Theories of Learning to Support Doctoral graduates in Transition.’
Manchester Summer School; The University of Manchester
I participant in dragon’s den style panels where students present business ideas as part of a competition within a program to encourage entrepreneurial thinking among international students.
Design of ‘The Challenge’ program; National Citizenship Service
Designed a three-phase program with two other consultants currently being delivered to 50,000 young people per year. The program supports young people to develop in relation to social mobility, civic engagement and social cohesion. I led on designing the learning objectives based on consultations with senior stakeholders and the department’s theory of change model and worked collaboratively to design content and resources to fit across a number of locations nationally.
Evaluation of Services; Westminster City Council
Partnering with ‘Young Advisors’ a national charity. I liaised with key stakeholders to plan and facilitate a 3-month research project. This involved me training and supporting a team of six peer researchers to collect and organise data for analysis. The research team was guided throughout the data gathering and analysis process to ensure relevant, good quality data was collected from across Westminster (n=200). I analysed and wrote up the data into a report and presented the findings to the Work and Skills Board. This work has continued to inform youth employment services and online provision in Westminster.
Evaluation of services; Langworthy Community Centre
Working for Manchester Metropolitan University I liaised with key stakeholders and colleagues to fund and plan a 4-month research project. My role involved the training and support of a team of ten bilingual researchers, employed as University staff for the duration of the project. Data collection was qualitative and transcripts and notes were translated from 11 different languages adding additional training needs but enabling access to a more diverse sample (n=60). Conversations focused upon how the centre could better support the needs of a growing and ethnically diverse community. The research recommendations were used to inform the next phase of the organisation’s business strategy.
Creation of Infographics; Somewhere
I worked with board members and a graphic designer to analyse focus group and survey data for a LGBT charity. Conversations enabled the recreation of this data visually into several infographics to be used for marketing and awareness purposes.
Evaluation of Services; The Proud Trust
Two training programs and a Women’s Project were evaluated through interviews and survey data. Findings were analysed, shared and written up into a report to inform strategic planning; report available on request.
I also reviewed and wrote up an array of material to inform the organisation’s 2019 and 2020 Annual Report.
Dani has been a true critical friend in enabling our work to have insight and develop improvements. This has been particularly true with regard to our work with women where Dani was able to see opportunities and pathways that have now encouraged new ways of working
Danielle has excellent research skills, she is an extremely good communicator, teacher, mentor and developed this community research project with skill, proficiency and sensitivity. I would recommend her for further research projects, she fulfilled a very difficult remit with energy, empathy and her knowledge of community consultation and expertise is outstanding.
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