I joined The University of Manchester in a research position in 2013, when I was awarded a PhD studentship. I am particularly interested in the complex interrelationship between socio-economic and education policies and school engagement practice and the shifts in different school-stakeholder relationships that can occur as a result of policy change. My Doctorate investigated forms and understandings of engagement between a school and its stakeholders: the students, parents and community members. I have a Masters in Urban Education from Manchester Metropolitan University that explores identity and prfessionalism in the Teach First initiative. Before beginning my research career, I gained a PGCE and a Diploma in Teaching English as Foreign Language. I worked as a teacher and teacher educator in both Further and Higher Education for twenty years, managing, developing and teaching on Literacy, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and Postgraduate Certificate in Education programmes and as the centre coordinator for an inner-city alternative education provision for 13-19-year-olds.