Other projects

PubhD London

Organiser: PubhD London (set up in October 2016).

PubhD is a monthly event that started in Nottingham in 2014 and has now spread to dozens of cities in the UK and abroad.

Three PhD students give a short talk and answer questions on their research with an audience in a pub in exchange for a pint or two. Also known as ‘informal public engagement’ for academics. We collection donations of spare change to cover the costs of buying drinks for our speakers and provide a mic and sound system. All our events are held at the Forest Road Brewing Company in Hackney, once a month. Everyone is welcome to attend, and events are free to the public.

Follow: @PubhdLondon or visit our PubhD London Facebook page to find out more.


The Brilliant Club

Online and Social Media Law and Ethics: (Summer 2016 six-week placement)

The Brilliant Club is an award winning charity that exists to widen access to highly-selective universities for pupils from under-represented groups by placing expert PhDs tutors within secondary schools. 

I designed and delivered a brand new university-style module on ‘Online and Social Media Law and Ethics’ with two tutorial groups of six students, aged 13-14, over a six-week period. This included designing and marking a final assessment as well as planning and delivering seminar style classes.

On completion of the module and submission of the assignment, students receive a certificate and attend a graduation-style ceremony.


Youth Justice Network

Deputy director for the Youth Justice Network, focusing on contemporary issues in youth justice including rights, risks and responsibilities online and on social media.

Working alongside Dr. Faith Gordon, I help to organise events, create content for the website and social media accounts and try to build relationships with other academics, practitioners, charities etc. working with young people.

I gave a presentation on my academic research and professional work in schools on ‘Social Media, Young People & Criminal Risks’ at the opening YJN event 15th June 2017.

We aim to hold three events per year at the University of Westminster in Regents Street, followed by networking, food and drinks. All of our events are free to attend and anyone who has a research or professional interest in young people is welcome to join the Youth Justice Network.

Follow:  @YouthJusticeNet on Twitter or visit YouthJusticeNetwork.com to find out more.


Union activity and activism

NUJ: Member of the National Union of Journalist’s professional training committee, commonly known as Profcom, overseeing the NUJ’s professional training work. The committee is comprised of elected lay members. Completed Stage 1 Rep training and spent a year as branch secretary of the London Independent Broadcasting and New Media branch. Previously spent a year on the NUJ Industry Council, in the Commercial Radio Seat. www.NUJ.org.uk

UCU: Spent one year as the Research Student Representative for City, University of London UCU in a role elected by UCU members. The University and College Union (UCU) is the largest trade union and professional association for staff working in further and higher education. Completed Stage 1 & Stage 2 Rep training and provided consultation and feeback on the university’s draft social media policy. Focused on highlighting the plight of Research Students who teach and was part of a working group to introduce ‘Graduate Teaching Assistent’ contracts across the university. www.UCU.org.uk