I have been working in youth justice since 2017, on the outside with youth offending teams and inside as an offender tutor in a young offenders institution. I gained my BA in Criminology and Security Studies in 2018, Masters in Security Studies 2019, PGCE – Post Compulsory Education and Training 2020 and I am a fellow of the higher education academy and the society for education and training both since 2022. I started my PhD in 2021 exploring state responses to right-wing extremism, terrorism and political violence. I have been teaching in higher education since the 2019/20 academic year and I am currently an Assistant Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University and have also taught at Newman University Birmingham.

I have joined the Black Criminology Network as I want to be able to provide support to future criminology students, learn from those same students, as well as my peers in the network, and try to pass on the knowledge and best practice that I have gained over the years. It is important that those of us that can survive in academic environments, pass on the knowhow to others, in order to make their journey’s a little less treacherous.

It is important to envelop yourself in resilient communities so that you can thrive, but also have support when needed. I hope to positively contribute to the building of that type of community here at the Black Criminology Network!