I became lecturer in modern British history at the University of Manchester in 2010 and Senior Lecturer in 2017, after holding temporary posts at the University of Nottingham and the University of Liverpool. I am also on the board for Manchester Histories, a charity that promotes the area's diverse heritage and history. I have held the role of Assistant Director of Research Impact for the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures since September 2018. My current AHRC Networking Grant facilitates a partnership with the Pankhurst Centre and I have undertaken significant engagement work with heritage and communty groups in the North-West.
AHRC Panel Member and peer reviewer, 2020 -
Member of the Editorial Board and Reviews Editor (until end of 2020) for Women’s History Review.
Member of the Editorial Board for Contemporary British History; Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire.
Theory and Methods Strand Convenor, Social History Society and Conference, 2011-2012.
Committee Member, History Lab Plus, 2011-12.
Expert referee: I have reviewed monograph proposals for Oxford University Press; Liverpool University Press, Routldege, and Longman; funding proposals to the National University of Ireland Travelling Scholarship; journal articles for Historical Journal, Immigrants and Minorities, Social History; 20th Century British history, Contemporary British History, Urban History, and Cultural and Social History.
Community History Projects (selected):
Awarded Supplementary Research Leave for Semester 1, 2018/19 as part of an internal funding competition for teaching relief to find research impact activities with community history groups in Manchester. Project work includes, ‘Burnage a Place Called Home,’ with Burnage Activity and Information Hub; and Manchester Whit Processions project, with three primary schools based in Wythenshawe and Moss Side. The projects include delivering a programme of workshops based on my research to develop research and literacy skills, team working, and promote civic and cultural engagement amongst difficult to reach groups.
October 2015 – July 2016: Project partner for the Heritage Lottery Funded project, ‘Watkin of Wythenshawe’ in conjunction with Wonders of Wythenshawe youth group, I delivered training sessions in historical research to improve the literacy and research skills, promote civic pride through local history, develop team-working skills of secondary-age students.