Why did you apply to Bradford?
I applied to Bradford as an undergraduate because it was local and offered a course that was interdisciplinary: sociology, psychology and economic.
What was your first impression of the University and the city?
The University is nicely situated in walking distance from the city centre. There is ease of access to the bus and train station allowing any one with the inclination to travel around the city visiting the location attractions: British Film Museum, Bowling Hall Museum, Richard Dun Sports Centre, Lister Park, Bowling Park, Ilkley Moors and many more attractions. Oh – the night life is just right – lots of different places and not too big that you need transport.
What did you enjoy the most about your time in Bradford?
I liked socialising with different people from across the UK and when I did the MSc course, some of the students were from overseas as well so the cultural mix was varied and really interesting.
Who are you currently working for and what is your job title?
My main occupation has been teacher-lecturer in higher education. From 1997 through to 2010 I’ve worked within higher education: University of Bradford, South East Essex College of FE & HE, University of Derby, Open University, Trent College, Notts College Nottingham...
However, I love writing and in 2007 I decided to teach part time and write a book. I’d started a PhD in Education but being terrible undisciplined rather than stick to PhD by research I added lots of theoretical analysis. Once I started writing I just couldn’t stop and as soon as I’d finished the first book I launched into a second book. So now I’m a freelance writer but in search once more of a post in higher education, preferably within psychology, sociology or Early Childhood Development.
How has your career developed since leaving the University of Bradford?
Since leaving the University of Bradford I remained within teaching, particularly within the social sciences. I have worked at several places mainly within higher education but also within further education. I suppose my continuing professional development has been the move from teacher demonstrator, to teaching assistant, them lecturer, senior lecturer and now freelance writer. I’ve also moved disciplines slightly, from mainly sociology and psychology, to more focus on developmental psychology and education. The title of my book ‘Reflexive Practice: Dialectic Encounter in Psychology & Education’, follows the Marxian-Vygotskian model of development and in one chapter, the Marxian dialectic has a natural dialectic, is used to explain how brain matter produced mind and how mind converts back into brain matter (Lots of neuropsychology!).