I've uploaded my psychology MSc research onto the research sharing website 'ResearchGate' so that it can be referred to and used by anyone interested in the field of father-child relationships and the issue of social mobility.
The title of the research is: First-generation student perceptions of how their father-child relationship influenced the decision to attend university: a thematic analysis.
The dissertation will also be available in due course via the University of Liverpool dissertation database.
As with many at the minute, the Covid-19 crisis is affecting life at home and at work. The next trip to Iceland has been cancelled and despite a nationwide closure of schools, I remain working in school as a key worker due to my safeguarding responsibilities for my school's vulnerable students.
I'm also having to rethink my Master's dissertation which is affected by the need for social distancing, so have broadened the research question to include more people whom I can interview online.
Let's see what the coming weeks bring. Wishing everyone well during this anxious time.
I've just returned from my first trip to Iceland of 2020 with the Bishops Blue Coats School from Chester. We braved some rather cold weather but were rewarded with some beautiful sights whilst travelling on the Reykjanes Peninsular, the Golden Circle and the Sólheimajökull glacier. I was also shadowed by a new Rayburn guide who was great company as well as being a fantastic new addition to Rayburn's team. I'll be back in Iceland in 6 weeks. Hopefully it will be a bit warmer!
I need your help!
I’m now working on my psychology Master’s dissertation, which is looking at how the father-child relationship (a father or a father-figure, such as a step-father) affected the decision of young adults to apply to university. I’m specifically interested in young adults from a socio-economically disadvantaged background, who remain an underrepresented group at university.
This is where you come in. I’m looking for volunteers who would be willing to give up an hour of their time to be interviewed for the dissertation. This can be face-to-face (if you happen to live around the Sheffield area) or online.
I’ve attached a poster below (both as an image that you can read now and as a download-able pdf) that provides a bit more detail about the project and what it involves. Please do have a look and share with others whom you think may be interested!
If you want to know more, email me on email@example.com (my university email, not the one connected to the website).
Thanks for your time and help,
Fresh off the back of last week's webinar, I've been helping out the lovely people at Careershifters once again as part of their Launchpad programme. Launchpad is an 8 week course in which participants are equipped with the ideas and skills to pursue a career change, a course that I took part in back in 2017.
As an alumni of the course, I was asked to provide three lessons that I believe will be of value to the current course participants. My pearls of wisdom were grouped around the headings of 'big dreams', 'big risks' and 'big patience' (a rather poor attempt at alliteration, I know...). My hope is that what I had to contribute was of value to the partipants as they begin this 8 week journey and that my advice would provide hope, challenge and perspective in some measure.
Above all, it was nice to be able to give something back to try to help those who feel stuck in their present circumstances.
The lovely people at Careershifters asked me to take part of one of their information webinars this weekend which provides participants with the opportunity to learn more about the Careershifters Launchpad career change programme.
I took part in Launchpad in 2017 and can heartily recommend it for those willing to commit changing their career and circumstances. It requires an investment of time and there is a cost, but it is well worth it for those stuck in a career rut, who want to change things, but have no idea how. If you want to find out more, have a look by clicking the link above.
After 20 months of studying psychology with Liverpool University, I'm finally embarking on my dissertation. This represents the final stage of my MSc. My proposal should be approved within the next month which will be accompanied by an ethics approval.
After this, I can get started on the research, with the final deadline being in May 2020. The proposed project involves investigating how the father-child relationship influences the decision of students from a socio-economically deprived background to apply for and attend university. Hopefully it will be approved!
It's both exciting and daunting to arrive at this final phase, but I'm hoping that it will be a stimulating and rewarding experience.
I'm going to be starting a new role in September with a different school. It's still working in pastoral care with young people, but with more responsibility and in a different area to the one I've been working in for the last 18 months. Whilst I'm sure it will come with its challenges, I'm very much looking forward to starting and getting stuck in!