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Biography

Qualifications: BA(Hons), PGDip, MEd, EdD, SFHEA

My first degree was in English Language and Literature, which I studied at the University of Leeds. After graduation I worked at Leeds Council for Voluntary Service and subsequently for a project providing literacy, numeracy and life and social skills for young people on Manpower Services Commission schemes. I found a love for informal education and studied for the professionally endorsed Postgraduate Diploma in Youth and Community Work at Manchester Polytechnic.

After qualifying, I worked for a couple of years in East Manchester and then became the Warden of the Roseville Centre in Leeds where I remained for eight years. Since 1992 I have worked in higher education, first at the University of Leeds where I gained my MEd, then at the St Martin’s College, Lancaster. I joined the University of Huddersfield in 1996. In 2002 I gained my EdD: my third degree from the University of Leeds.

At both St Martin’s and Huddersfield I have worked mainly on youth and community work courses, offering professional and academic qualifications to both pre-service and in-service students. I  have been Course Leader of the BA Youth and Community Work at the University of Huddersfield since the late 1990s. I led the revalidation of the course by the National Youth Agency in February 2016.

From 2000-2005 I co-ordinated the Pan-Commonwealth Quality Assurance on behalf of the University of Huddersfield for the Commonwealth Youth Programme’s Diploma in Youth in Development. From 2004-7, I was Liaison Tutor between the University and Zambia’s Ministry of Sport, Youth and Child Development and ensured that two cohorts of students based in Zambia successfully completed the BA Community Education. I attended the graduation of 40 successful students in Lusaka in 2006.

I am Director of Graduate Research within the School of Education and Professional Development. In 2010 I organised the first residential writing retreat for research active colleagues in the School. Evaluation was very positive so I organised further retreats. The tenth and eleventh are scheduled for early 2017.

Research and Scholarship

I am currently researching the archives of The Youth Association which was founded in 1904 (formerly West Yorkshire Youth Association and originally – several name changes previously - Leeds Association of Girls’ Clubs). A journal article and book chapter have been published and others are currently under consideration. I also led a team from the University who evaluated the Association’s recent Youth Sector Development Fund programme and a journal article based on the work has been published. I intend to develop this work further: at the moment I’ve written about the organisation’s origins and its recent work so I’m keen to fill the gap!

In addition, I am working with academics from City University of New York and City College of Chicago on the training and education of youth workers and the context in which the work takes place. I wrote the following chapter for a book which has been adopted as a text book across HEIs in the USA. (2012) ‘Principles of Youth Work Practice in England’ in Fusco D. (ed) Critical Conversations about Youth Practitioner Development. New York: Routledge.

Our second book, ‘Youth and Inequality in Education’ was published in 2015.

Current Research Interests

  • The history and development of the Youth Association (research based in archive material)
  • All aspects of National Youth Agency validated youth and community work courses in HE settings
  • The training and education of youth workers and youth and community workers
  • Informal education and working with young people in other countries including developing nations

Conference Presentations

2016 ‘Is Youth Work an endangered profession in England?’ International Sociological Association World Congress, Vienna, Austria.

2014 ‘Youth Work in England: An Uncertain Future?’. International Sociological Association World Congress, Yokohama, Japan

2013 ‘The voluntary organisation forms … a unique feature of the British way of life’: A voluntary youth organisation’s response to the birth of the statutory youth service. History of Youth Work Conference.
2011 ‘Hours of distraction and cheerful companionship’: Leeds and District Association of Girls’ Clubs, civic unrest and World War 1. History of Youth Work Conference.
2010 The Girls’ Club Era in England: from ‘the mighty bang’ to the spread of mixing. University of Huddersfield Research Conference.
2004 'Intellectual colonialism or liberatory education'. AERC with A Harris
2000 'Partnerships: a common sense approach to inclusion?' SCUTREA with M Notley
1999 'The Right to Respect: An alternative paradigm in the battle against social exclusion'. BERA with M Notley
1999 'Going Back to our Roots: the role of transformatory education in the battle against social exclusion' in The Final Frontier: Exploring Spaces in the Education of Adults SCUTREA'. SCUTREA with M Notley
1998 'Sticking Together: Teaching Learning and the Art of Research’ in research, teaching, learning: making connections in the education of adults'. SCUTREA with M Notley,
1998 'Experiencing Practical Youth and Community Work: Building Effective Learning Environments for Student Community Educators' ESREA'. SCUTREA with M Notley
1997 'Race" and "Ethnicity" in 'Adult Education – Issues of Power and Diversity' in Crossing Borders, Breaking Boundaries SCUTREA'. SCUTREA with B Avari, D Mashengele and K Patel.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2017

Jones, H (2017) ‘Culture and Education: Researching the Impact of Detached Youth Work on a South Yorkshire Roma Community’. In: BERA Annual Conference 2017, 5-7 September 2017, University of Sussex

2015

Jones, H (2015) ‘Is Youth Work an Endangered Profession in England?’. In: Third ISA Forum of Sociology, 10th-14th July 2016, Vienna, Austria

Jones, H (2015) ‘Youth work in England: An uncertain future?’. In: Youth and Inequality in Education: Global Actions in Youth Work. London, UK: Routledge. pp. 117-135. ISBN 9781138808294

2014

Jones, H (2014) ‘‘The voluntary organisation forms … a unique feature of the British way of life’: One voluntary organisation’s response to the birth of the Youth ServiceYouth and Policy (113). ISSN 0262-9798

Jones, H (2014) ‘‘Hours of Distraction and Cheerful Companionship’: Leeds Association of Girls’ Clubs and the Girls’ Clubs Era (1904–1944)’. In: The Thoresby Society’s Miscellany. Leeds: The Thoresby Society. pp. 87-110. ISBN 978-0-900741-74-6

2013

Jones, H (2013) ‘‘Counting young people is not youth work’: the tensions between values, targets and positive activities in neighbourhood-based workJournal of Youth Studies . ISSN 1367-6261

Jones, H (2013) ‘‘The voluntary organisation forms … a unique feature of the British way of life’: A voluntary youth organisation’s response to the birth of the statutory youth service’. In: History of Youth and Community Conference, 8th -10th March 2013, Leeds, UK

Jones, H (2013) ‘'Not for one, but for all': the first decades of Leeds Association of Girls' Clubs (1904-1935)’. In: Reappraisals: Essays in the history of youth and community work. : Russell House Publishing. pp. 1-19. ISBN 978-1-905541-88-1

2011

Jones, H (2011) ‘Youth Work Practice in England’. In: Advancing Youth Work: Current Trends, Critical Questions. New York: Routledge. pp. 157-172. ISBN 9780415890465

Jones, H (2011) ‘Darning, Doylies and Dancing: the work of the Leeds Association of Girls' Clubs (1904-1913)Women's history review , 20 (3), pp. 369-388. ISSN 0961-2025

2010

Jones, H (2010) ‘‘What are you doing at the weekend?’ First Impressions of an Evaluation of a Detached Youth Work Project on Friday and Saturday Nights’. In: International Conference on Youth Work & Youth Studies, Tuesday 7th - Thursday 9th September 2010, Strathclyde, UK

Cochrane, B. and Jones, H. (2010) ‘Everybody else does it: Young British women, safety and riskCommonwealth Youth and Development , 8 (1), pp. 37-55. ISSN 1727-7140

2005

Jones, H (2005) ‘Broader Horizons and Greater Confidence: UK Students Learning from Mobility’. In: Globalisation, Education and Culture Shock. Aldersgot: Ashgate Publishers. . ISBN 9780754642015

Jones, H (2005) ‘Broader Horizons and Greater Confidence: UK Students' Learning from Mobility’. In: Globalisation, Education and Culture Shock. : Ashgate. pp. 68-85. ISBN 978-0-7546-4201-5

2004

Harris, A. and Jones, H. (2004) ‘Intellectual Colonialism or Liberatory Education? An Exploration of Adult Education in an International Context’. In: AERC 45th annual research conference, , Canada

2003

Jones, H (2003) ‘Naming the Taken-for-Granted: what British youth and community work students learn from international mobilityCommonwealth Youth and Development , 1 (1), pp. 29-49. ISSN 1727-7140

2002

Jones, H (2002) ‘Respecting respect: exploring a great dealEducational Studies , 28 (4), pp. 341-352. ISSN 0305-5698

2000

Jones, H (2000) ‘Partnerships: a common sense approach to inclusion?’. In: Researching "Inclusion." Papers from the Annual Conference of the Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults 2000. Boston, Lincolnshire: SCUTREA. pp. 182-188. ISBN 1-85041-091-7

1999

Notley, M. and Jones, H. (1999) ‘The Right to Respect: an alternative paradigm in the battle against social exclusion’. In: BERA Conference 1999, 2nd - 5th September 1999, Brighton, UK

Notley, M. and Jones, H. (1999) ‘The Right to Respect: An alternative paradigm in the battle against social exclusion’. In: BERA Conference 1999, 2nd - 5th September 1999, Brighton, UK

Notley, M. and Jones, H. (1999) ‘Going back to our roots: the role of transformatory education in the battle against social exclusion’. In: The Final Frontier: Exploring Spaces in the Education of Adults. SCUTREA Annual Conference 1999. : SCUTREA. . ISBN 1869836421

1998

Jones, H. and Notley, M. (1998) ‘Sticking together: teaching, learning and the art of research’. In: Research, Teaching, Learning: Making Connections in the Education of Adults. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults 1998. : SCUTREA. . ISBN 1899070044

1997

Jones, H (1997) ‘‘A totally worthwhile experience’: mature students, community education and ERASMUS’. In: Crossing Borders, Breaking Boundaries. Research in the Education of Adults. An International Conference. Proceedings of the Annual SCUTREA Conference 1997. : SCUTREA. . ISBN 0907644368

Avari, B., Jones, H., Mashengele, K. and Patel, D. (1997) ‘'Race' and 'Ethnicity' in ‘Adult Education – Issues of Power and Diversity’. In: Crossing Borders, Breaking Boundaries. Research in the Education of Adults. An International Conference. Proceedings of the Annual SCUTREA Conference 1997. : SCUTREA. . ISBN 0907644368

1996

Jones, H (1996) ‘Different Context: Same Praxis?’. In: Diversity and Development: Futures in the Education of Adults. Proceedings of the Annual Conference 1996. : SCUTREA. . ISBN 0907644155

1995

Jones, H. and Marriott, S. (1995) ‘Adult literacy in England, 1945-75: why did it take so long to get 'On the Move'?History of Education , 24 (4), pp. 337-352. ISSN 0046-760X

1994

Jones, H (1994) ‘Researching Change – The FHE Act and Research in the Education of Adults’. In: Reflecting on Changing Practices, Contexts and Identities. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults 1994. : SCUTREA. . ISBN 0907644031

Esteem

Memberships

National:

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of the Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work
Member of the Benchmarking Group which defined the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Youth and Community Work (2009)

Regional:

Trustee of The Youth Association

External Examiner (Doctoral Theses)

EdD – RMIT (Australia)
Phd – University of Birmingham

Current Research Degree Supervision

EdD 3
Phd 2

Research Degree Supervision (Completions)

Phd, Learner participation, cultural reproduction and compensatory education – An investigation of trainee teachers’ assumptions and constructions of learner identities. 2015

EdD, Seven years at the coal face: A practitioner’s perspective of dealing with the issue of year 1 student persistence and success in Higher Education. 2012

Phd, What are the Effects of Cultural Traditions on the Education of Women? (A Study of the Tumbuka People of Zambia). 2010

Phd, How mothers’ educational experiences affect their daughters’ educational experiences and career aspirations. 2008

International Experience

2004 – 07 Liaison Tutor – University of Huddersfield / Zambia: Department of Sport, Youth and Child Welfare
2000 – 06 Chief Moderator: Pan-Commonwealth Quality Assurance Panel – Commonwealth Youth Programme

Research Degree Supervision

Subject Areas for Research Supervision

  • History of youth work / community work
  • All aspects of National Youth Agency validated youth and community work courses in higher education settings
  • Conceptions of working with young people in other nations and internationally
  • Work experience and higher education courses
  • Recruitment and retention in FHE
  • Gender and education including informal education contexts

I have supervised and / or am currently supervising research on:

  • How mothers educational experiences affect their daughters educational experiences and career aspirations
  • The retention and progression of first year undergraduates (case study)
  • The effects of Zambian (esp. Tambuka) culture on the education and development of young women
  • Learner perceptions of reasons for persistent disruptive behaviour in FE (case study)
  • Work placements on non-vocational degree programmes

Completed Research Supervisions

Phd, How mothers’ educational experiences affect their daughters’ educational experiences and career aspirations, 2008

Phd, What are the Effects of Cultural Traditions on the Education of Women? (A Study of the Tumbuka People of Zambia). 2010

EdD, 7 Years at the Coal Face: The Retention Phenomenon through the Lens of a Year Tutor, 2012

Phd, Learner participation, cultural reproduction and compensatory education – An investigation of trainee teachers’ assumptions and constructions of learner identities. 2015

 

Further information is available about Research Topics and Supervision within the School of Education and Professional Development.

Postgraduate research opportunities with Dr Helen Jones

2017-18

EdD
PhD
MA

2018-19

PhD
MA
EdD