Training

I have a wide and varied range of teaching and training experience in both the public and academic arenas. This includes training project volunteers for community and arts organisations, museums and archives as well as academic teaching at Access, FE and HE level, on vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. I have a Doctorate in Life History Research, University of Sussex (Awarded 2010) and have completed various courses around best teaching practice including Equality and Diversity Essentials, University of Brighton (2013) and the Associate Tutors Training Course, TLDU, University of Sussex (2005).

If you would like to enquire about any of my courses or teaching and training services please get in touch via my contact page and I will get back to you soon.

Courses and Programmes:

Exploring Oral History – An Online Introduction to Theory, Best Practice and Developing a Project, developed in January 2021 for Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage CIC in response to the need for remote training during the Covid 19 pandemic. Pilot course 14th January – 4th February 2021.

Oral History training and Developing Community Project training for various community and arts organisations for Gateways to the First World War between 2014- 2019. Including Friends of Ellington Park (Ramgate), Congolese Chaplaincy (Shadwell), Westgate Community Trust (Canterbury) and Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council).

Course development and tutor for An Anthropology of Ourselves: Exploring Mass Observation for Creative Projects, Special Collections, University of Sussex. Course ran four times between 2012 and 2015.

Project volunteer coordinator and trainer for participatory group editing collected oral history interviews for the book. Brighton Trans*formed: transgender stories from across Brighton and Hove. (QueenSpark Books, Heritage Lottery Fund), 2014.

Project volunteer trainer (oral history interviewing) for Our Dancing Feet Project: History of the Winter Garden, Eastbourne. Project resulted in large-scale artistic and theatrical production (Zap Art & inroads productions, Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and the Big Lottery Fund). 2013 – 14.

Education Resource facilitator for the Ale and Hearty project Lewes (creating and editing a booklet and learning resource based on collected research resources, including oral history interviews). Strike a Light Community Arts Organisation (Heritage Lottery Fund).

Project volunteer trainer (oral history interviewing) for Our Dancing Feet Project: History of Regent dance hall, Brighton. (Zap Art & inroads productions, Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and the Big Lottery Fund) 2013.

Project volunteer trainer (oral history interviewing) for Bevendean Farm Heritage Project (HLF All Our Stories) 2013

Project volunteer trainer (oral history interviewing) for The People’s Park Project for the Level Regeneration Project, Brighton and Hove City Council 2012.

Associate Tutor at the University of Sussex, courses taught: MA in Life History Research (Life History Research: Sources, Context and Interpretation), MA in Lifelong Learning (Autobiographical Approaches to Lifelong Learning), BA in Culture/ Communities (Life History/Women’s History), various open courses at HE level one including the development and delivery of Researching Ourselves: A participatory method (teaching oral history skills and managing a participatory project) and Exploring Learning: study skills for HE. September 2004 – August 2012

Project volunteer trainer (oral history interviewing) on Brighton Housing Trust’s (BHT) HLF History of Homelessness in Brighton and Hove project, 2012.

Project volunteer trainer (oral history interviewing) on European Grundvig project Hidden Histories for CCE at the University of Sussex. Three projects: the Deaf Histories Hidden Histories, the Rural Communities Plumpton Village History Project and the Migrants in Brighton and Hove Project. (Includes volunteer recruitment for the Plumpton Project.) 2011 – 12.

Education box design (Year 5/6 school and adult learners) and radio programme production for Our Hospital Our History The Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Oral History project, 2012.

Project Worker and Programme Convenor.
(ESF – Career Action for Women) (HEESF – New Career Options for Women) and Convenor of Vocational Studies in the Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sussex. Project design, curriculum design, programme and course design, project management (oral history/participatory research and return to study programmes), funding bid applications, conference organisation and project report completion. Management of tutor teams and student support and academic adviser to students on life history and vocational courses, September 2004 – 2009.

Image © 2013 Ray Gibson from the Our Dancing Feet project