Hello!

I'm Aimee and my pronouns are she/her. 

I'm a part-time PhD Candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant based in the Midlands, UK. I'm also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

In 2017, I was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship and embarked on my PhD studies at Keele University for a project on feminism and collage in twenty-first century experimental poetry. My motivation for undertaking this research stems from a longstanding interest in poetry that incorporates and juxtaposes found text and objects in ways that enact feminist critique.

Feminism and collage have informed my work in other ways. For example, in my teaching, I mix feminist pedagogical theories with trans, queer, and critical race studies in order to develop equitable teaching practices that foster student-centred and socially engaged learning communities.

My interest in social justice education motivated me to organise Trans Youth and Education: National Issues and Solutions on 20 June 2019, in partnership with Healthwatch Stoke-on-Trent and funded by the Keele Institute for Social Inclusion. The conference brought together over 100 attendees from across the UK and explored how trans inequalities can be addressed in education contexts through engagement with activists, academics, charities, educators, students, practitioners, and organisations.

 

I continue to promote equity in education by presenting at international teaching conferences, including the KIITE Student Education Conference 2020, and by contributing to staff training sessions on diversity and facilitating student engagement as part of the Masters in Higher Education Practice at Keele University. These sessions focus on supporting LGBTIQ students and/or students with disabilities, as well as decolonising curricula and pedagogy. Some of this work has been included as a case study on inclusive teaching in Keele University's new Curriculum Design Framework and will be available to access soon. 

In March 2020, I was honoured to receive a prestigious Keele Excellence Award in Learning and Teaching. Soon after, in June 2020, I was awarded a History UK Fellowship to join the Pandemic Pedagogy initiative. The initiative aims to create resources to support educators in their transition to online teaching in the wake of COVID-19, with an emphasis on digital literacies, student-centred pedagogy, accessibility, collaboration, and community building. You can find out more about the initiative here.

WHY DID I CREATE THIS SITE?

I created this site as I am committed to open access and wanted share my work as it unfolds. I will use the blog to discuss this work and a range of topics, including contemporary feminisms, social (in)justice, literature, experimental writing, and teaching in higher education.

COLLABORATION

I am keen to collaborate and welcome any enquiries about my research and teaching. I also welcome any feedback on my work, site, and blog. You can get in touch with me by email or on my Twitter page. Alternatively, you can contact me via my profile on Keele University’s website.

Thanks for stopping by!

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