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Dr Gill Hughes

Biography Gill joined the Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL), University of Hull in 1997. Her initial roles encompassed Trade Union Education and the HEFCE funded; Towards a Learning City project; a partnership with the Warren young people’s resource centre. The project aimed to re-engage young people into education – to meet their needs.
She co-produced varied provision together with colleagues and partners from the community, voluntary and public sectors, which included; short courses to meet community and sector needs entitled Develop Yourself and Enable Others – which ranged from personal and continuing professional development to specific social issues. Followed by co-producing certificate, diploma and degree programmes:
University Foundation Award in Discovering Community Studies [access route]
Diploma in Community and Youth Work (1998-2010)
BA Hons Social and Community Studies part-time (2001-2017)
Certificate in Neighbourhood Regeneration - developing skills and knowledge for Neighbourhood Renewal.
BA Hons Youth Work and Community Development 2010 to date
Gill also co-led a DFID project with Zimbabwean colleagues on developing a certificate around community participation (2001-4) and contributed to a DFID bid in Sierra Leone co- facilitating a 3 day conference around education, citizenship and participatory engagement
Gill’s doctoral study related to young people and their disconnection from education in England - entitled - The Construct of Care and its Place in School Connectedness. It explores the role of care as a catalyst for connection to school [and wider services].
Research Interests Gill’s research and practice interests vary, broadly focusing on:
• Rethinking poverty in 21st Century and re-imagining the society we want
• Social Justice/ Power and Empowerment
• Alternative ways of working with young people and communities including Utopia as a method
• The concept of Community
Youth Work
• Asset based and radical community development
• Community engagement and participation
• Young people’s experiences of dis/connectedness with education
• Alternative education, informal learning and critical pedagogy
• The construct of care its erosion in education [and welfare services]
Teaching and Learning Concepts and Engagement Strategies level 4
Education and Social Change level 4
Ethics, Values and Reflective Practice level 4
Diversity and Difference level 5
Global Context and International Practice level 5
Dissertation level 6

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