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Ms Tyrrell Golding

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Associate Head of School - Programmes
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
  • Childhood, Youth and Sport
  • tyrrell.golding

Professional biography

I am Associate Head of School - Programmes for the School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sports having previously been Head of Qualifications (Undergraduate) Childhood and Youth at the Open University, which includes the BA (Hons) in Youth Work with JNC and BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies. I have been a full-time academic at the university since March 2011. Prior to this I was a Senior Lecturer in Youth and Community Work at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

I came in to higher education after a career in Community Education, Community Development and Youth Work and became a lecturer to support those wishing to enter this field of work and those already working in the field. I have worked 'with' people throughout my career and through every life stage, though I am particularly passionate about work with young and older people.

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Research interests

I am in the third year of an EdD researching what motivates adults to volunteer in work with young people.

I look forward to sharing my findings soon.

Teaching interests

I have been involved in the production of many modules in the Working with Young People qualifications as follows:

E108 - Working with Young People: An Introduction

  • Author: Study Topic 4 - Understanding Young People and their communities
  • Co-Author: LGBT Youth Scotland audio-visual materials
  • Co-Author: Reader Chapter - Curran, S and Golding, T (2013) 'Crossing the boundaries? Working informally in formal setting' in Curran, S., Harrison, R. and Mackinnon, D. eds. (2013)  Working with Young People, 2nd. ed., London, Sage

E118 - Introduction to Working with Young People in practice

  • 2011 - present: Module Chair in presentation
  • 2013 - 2015: Module Chair in production
  • Co-Author: Study Guide 1 - Introduction to Working with young people in practice
  • Co-Author: Study Guide 2 - Working with young people in context
  • Co-Author: Study Guide 5 - Reflecting on working with young people in practice
  • Co-Author: Open Learn Unit Professional relationships with young people

E318 - Youth: Policy in Practice

  • Author: Block 5 - Preparing for Your Further Professional Development

Impact and engagement

Throughout 2015-2016 I have been working as an Academic Advisor on the most recent Child of our Time programme which was aired in April 2017.  For more information about the Child of our Time series please follow this link.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
CREET: Educational Studies Research ClusterClusterFaculty of Education and Language Studies


The Short Guide to working with Children and Young People (2013-02-20)
Conradie, Liesl and Golding, Tyrrell
Short Guide Series
ISBN : 978-1-44730-023-6 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol
Crossing the boundaries? Working informally in formal settings (2013)
Curran, Sheila and Golding, Tyrrell
In: Curran, Sheila; Harrison, Roger and Mackinnon, Donald eds. Working with Young People (2nd ed) (pp. 125-136)
ISBN : 978-1-4462-7328-9 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London
Female volunteers and youth work: education, emancipation or society? (2014-06)
Golding, Tyrrell
In : Fourth Youth and Policy Thinking Seriously Conference: Thinking Afresh: Feminism and Youth Work (10-11 June 2014, Leeds, UK)
Real lives, imagined futures: stories of participation and progression through the Open University professional qualification in youth work (2012-10-31)
Golding, Tyrrell; Harrison, Roger and Harrison, Stephen
In : Developing Internships and Work Based Learning Opportunities for Mature Students: Creating Opportunities and Raising Aspirations (31st October 2012, Milton Keynes, UK)
Real lives, imagined futures: stories of participation and progression through the Open University professional qualification in Youth Work (2012-08-30)
Curran, Sheila and Golding, Tyrrell
In : International Conference on Youth Work and Youth Studies (28-30 August 2012, Glasgow, UK)
Moving from the periphery to the centre: promoting conversation and developing communities of practice in online environments’ (2012-07)
Curran, Sheila and Golding, Tyrrell
In : Renewing the tradition: sustaining and sustainable communities through informal education (9-11 July 2012, Brathay Hall, Cumbria)


Jenny Simpson

Learning from people: the training method bringing service users and social workers together

Jenny Simpson, Head of Social Work (England), as well as students and staff at the OU are involved in an exciting development in relation to social work education. Mend the Gap is a model for the effective involvement of people who are at the receiving end of services, together with those who provide professional support. Read more about Mend the Gap here

18th April 2018
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