I am a Senior Lecturer in Health with interests in later life, sexuality and especially sexuality in later life. I am currently a Qualifications Lead for the Health and Social Care discipline area, and a Qualification Lead for the B.A.(Hons) degree in Health and Social Care. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
My research interests centre on ageing, sexuality, and sexuality in later life.
My PhD (completed in 2003) used Critical Discursive Psychology and Conversation Analysis to interrogate older women’s talk about sex and ageing. Since then, I have used a variety of broadly narrative and discursive approaches to investigate a range of topics including: age discrimination, how people imagine their own ageing and later life, normative and non-normative life courses, the ageing of lesbians, gay men, bisexual people and transgender (LGBT) people, LGBT issues in health and social care, and especially ageing and bisexuality.
Between 2005 and 2015, I chaired the Centre for Ageing and Biographical Studies (CABS) at The Open University (OU), an active research group drawing together academics and postgraduates working on topics related to ageing. CABS has a long-running seminar and book series with the Centre for Policy on Ageing, focusing on methodological issues in ageing research, which I oversaw in my role as Chair.
I am a long-time member of the British Society of Gerontology, the national professional organisation for gerontologists and also of the British Sociological Association, including their Study Group ‘Ageing, Body and Society’. I am a Board Member of BiUK and one of the authors of The Bisexuality Report.
I am an experienced supervisor of PhD students, most recently supervising Rachael Scicluna's study of the role of kitchens in the lives of older lesbians. I would welcome applications from potential PhD students in any area related to my research interests. Please note that we do usually require candidates to have already had Research Methods training at Masters level before they commence a doctorate.
I am currently one of two Qualification Leads for the Health and Social Care discipline area, jointly responsible for the day-to-day academic management of our four degrees and nested qualifications.
I have particular expertise in the production (or course-writing) phase of creating distance teaching materials. While I am, of course, interested in the explicit content of the materials we produce, I focus particularly on the pedagogical structure which underlies the explicit content and how this can best enable student learning. I run a development group for academics in the department who are new to the OU. Some of the resources I have created to support this work can be found on my blog http://rememberingmyhat.wordpress.com/ under the tag 'course-writing resources'.
I am currently designing materials for a new module K219: Critical Issues in Health and Wellbeing. I worked on the production team of K242 'Ageing Societies and Global Health' and mentored and supported the Chair. I was the Chair in production and the first year of presentation of K118 'Perspectives in Health and Social Care'. I was a key member of the production team for K101 'An Introduction to Health and Social Care', chairing and writing most of Block 5 'Making Care Safer?'. I was also on the presentation team for K101 for many years, working particularly on improving assessment design through explicit consideration of the types of question asked. I was a core team member in production for K319 'Adulthood, Ageing and the Life Course', chairing Block 1, writing three learning guides and leading on assessment design. I co-authored three learning guides and accompanying Reader chapters for K313 'Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care'. I also worked briefly on K303 in presentation, the predecessor module to K313.
|CCIG: Families and Relationships Programme||Programme||Faculty of Social Sciences|
|CCIG: Intimate Lives and Relational Futures||Programme||Faculty of Social Sciences|
|Centre for Ageing and Biographical Studies (CABS)||Centre||Faculty of Health and Social Care|
|Role||Start date||End date||Funding source|
|Co-investigator||01/Oct/2014||30/Sep/2015||TPT Thomas Pocklington Trust|
As we get older we are more likely to live with visual impairment. This is something more than Presbyopia (age-related long sight) and relates to conditions such as macular degeneration and other significant causes of sight loss such as glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. The research aims to enable older people with visual impairments living in the community to express preferences for where and with what kinds of support they would like to live. Through in-depth interviews guided by participants the research will focus on what helps or hinders everyday living and how people can achieve what they value most in life.