Hi everyone, and welcome back to the BSC postgraduate blog! My name is Carina O’Reilly, and I’m the new Chair of the Postgraduate Committee. This first post is by way of introduction to myself and my colleagues, Grace and Jayne, and to share some of the things that we’d like do with the committee – and to invite you all to join us, both on the committee, and the blog.
If you want to know more, just get in touch – we’re looking for anyone who’s keen to get involved in any way: just get in touch with a couple of sentences about yourself and what you’d be interested in doing.
I’m a part-time PhD student (that’s me on the left) in the final stretch of my doctorate at Anglia Ruskin University, where I also now teach full-time.
My research is in neighbourhood and community policing and public confidence.
In my spare time, I help edit a web-based magazine about policing governance as well as being a local councillor and a member of the UCU. I also have an allotment, a cycling habit and not enough hours in the day.
As a part-time research student, I’m hoping bring some insight into the challenges facing postgraduates trying to wrestle with multiple commitments.
I was the anti-casualisation officer for my union branch for a year and I understand the difficulties of balancing the need to gain teaching experience, earn a living, find the time to carry out research, write up, and to have a life. These challenges also impact particularly on postgraduates who are parents, or who have disabilities, or other responsibilities beyond their studies.
I’m really keen to expand the blog to include research and career advice and first-person experiences – so do get in touch if you want to contribute!
Jayne is coming to the end of her PhD within the University of Liverpool. Her research explores the pathways and transitions between juvenile and adult penal institutions.
The research project is a CASE studentship funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and is in collaboration with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons. She is also a lecturer at the University of Chester.
Her research interests are criminal justice policy, the juvenile secure estate, prisons, transitions, young adults and youth justice. Jayne also volunteers within her local Youth Offending Team as a panel chair and member.
Grace is in her final year of her PhD within the University of Plymouth. Her research investigates the normalisation of everyday harms through children’s leisure experiences.
Adopting a deviant leisure framework, her research specifically explores children’s engagement with grassroots football, and is funded by the University of Plymouth.
Grace’s wider interests lie within critical criminology, childhood, leisure and the neoliberalisation of society.
She is an associate lecturer at the University of Plymouth as well as delivering researcher tool kits to her peers. She holds her mental health first aid and is interested in promoting good wellbeing practices throughout the PhD journey and beyond.
We’re all really looking forward to hearing from you and hoping to have a few more to join us here on the committee and on the blog!