I also teach Humanities at a foundation centre attached to LSBU in London, working with international students who want to come to study in the UK – my students go on to study everything from Tourism Management, to Law, to Creative Writing! Over the summer break, I returned to my previous job, and taught English as an Additional Language to teenagers from working-class backgrounds in Italy.
Outside of my research and teaching, I knit, crochet, sew, and embroider – having inherited a predilection for fiddling about with wool and fabric from my mum and grandmother – and my mum and I are teaching my grandmother to use the internet and send text messages so we can support her better in looking after my grandfather.
I live in South-East London, with a small zoo’s worth of animals (and a long-suffering partner) – two retired racing greyhounds, a tortoise, a turtle, a gecko, a giant snail, and several fish; I think I’ve finally run out of space to fit any more in.
During my week, I’d like to talk about:
- Teaching and working with young people
- Disability at work – either in the classroom or doing research, or in your work
- Hobbies and the things you do outside of work
- Explaining research (especially sex and sexuality research) to non-academic family and friends
- Chronic pain