Carlene Cornish

Carlene Cornish

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Biography

I joined UEA in September 2019. Originally from South Africa, I have both local and international experience in social work, probation and academic research. I have various academic qualifications and professional experiences across a range of disciplines, which includes postgraduate and professional qualifications in Social Work, Probation Services and Education. These qualifications led to specialist practice in areas of child protection, fostering and adoption, youth offending and restorative justice.

Within the School of Social Work and Faculty of Social Science, I play a significant leadership role in the following key areas: I am the Admissions Director for the Social Work and Sociology degrees and also play an active role in the SNSWTP Admissions Workgroup, regularly meeting with colleagues across the Teaching Partnership discussing, monitoring and evaluating current social work recruitment and admissions strategies across Norfolk and Suffolk regions. Demonstrating academic leadership, I am Co-Chair on the Vice Chancellor's Taskforce on Race Equality and also Co-Chair of the Academic Staff Workstream on Race Equality. Through my active involvement in this REC working group, I have established close collaborative networks with colleagues across UEA and especially peers in the Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) Staff Network. Evidence of me raising UEA’s profile, is notable in my advisory work with Norfolk County Council, assisting the local authority in their evaluation of social work practice. I was Project Lead on the SUC project, responsible for co-ordinating the creation of a digital library resource, aiding the improvement in social work provision in the Norfolk and Suffolk areas. I am Chair of the ARPCE (Research Organisation's)  Sub-group, leading meetings with other UK academics organising an online Social Justice Seminar Series. 

 

Academic Background

Following the completion of my PhD in Sociology, I contribute to research and scholarly activities through journal publications and conference attendance. I have an undergraduate social work qualification and Honours and Masters qualifications in Probation and Correctional Practice. My teaching qualifications include a PGCE qualification with QTLS as well as Fellowship status with the Higher Education Academy (HEA). I am a registered Social Worker with Social Work England occasionally working as an independent consultant social worker with British Association of Social Workers (BASW). 

 

Administrative Posts

Director of Admissions for Social Work and Sociology degrees

Co-Chair on Vice Chancellor's Taskforce on the Race Equality Charter

Co-Chair on REC Academic Workstream

Academic Advisor Link with Norwich City College

Teaching Partnership Lead Norfolk and Suffolk

Dissertation Supervisor 

External Examiner

 

External Activities

Previously, I have been engaged in collaborative research with Professor Pamela Cox from the Department of Sociology and the University’s Catalyst initiative, evidence of my sustained engagement in independent research consultancy, scholarship and the evaluation of professional practices.

My academic practice shows a commitment to develop dynamic communities of academic research and education, further reflected in my role as editorial board member of a leading academic journal in the post-16 education sector: Research in Post Compulsory Education and also peer-review academic journals for British Educational Research Journal (BERJ) and The Social Sciences, an American journal. I have previous experience of writing academic and staff development courses; strive for international links to develop work practices and pedagogical development evidenced in my CV and supporting statement.

The acquisition of my PhD, teaching qualifications, industry knowledge and experience, and ongoing research activities evidence my commitment to excellent teaching in the HE context

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Marginalised youth, i.e youth in care, school dropouts, socially excluded and Not in Education Employment Training NEET) youth

Race, Inequality and Social Work Practice

Children and Families - Child Protection, Fostering and Adoptions

Youth Offending, Probation Services and Child Criminal Sexual Exploitation

 

Career

I have various academic qualifications and professional experiences across a range of disciplines, which includes postgraduate and professional qualifications in Social Work, Probation Services and Education. These qualifications led to specialist practice in areas of child protection, fostering and adoption, youth offending and restorative justice. My teaching qualifications include a PGCE qualification with QTLS as well as Fellowship status with the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

 

Since my appointment in the School, I have used my scholarship hours to expand my social work profile to align with a focus on Race and Social Work Education. Consequently, I have published in this area of Race and Social Work alongside research on the Marginalised and Excluded youth in the Education Sector.  Additionally, I have undertaken various engagement activities on Race within the University, our School as well as Norfolk County Council, which I will further discuss in the next section. I represent a small working group in the School, actively engaging BAME Social Work students, to discover how we can promote racially sensitive support and academic teaching for our BAME students.

Furthermore, drawing on my social work expertise, I have recently completed a peer review report for the NSPCC’s 10-year evaluation of their service, which furthermore demonstrates opportunities which I have used to raise our School’s profile and collaborative engagement with a key organisation delivering essential social work services in the community. Furthermore, through my regular attendance at conferences, it raised my research profile and I was approached and am now on the Editorial Board of ARPCE (Association for Research in Post Compulsory Education). As UEA staff, I lead as Chair of the ARPCE sub-group responsible for Seminar and Conference planning. I have been able to publish journal articles, mainly in England and also in Europe. I have several publications in the Sociology of Education field relevant to my PhD in Sociology qualification. Known for my PhD research on disengaged and NEET (not in education, employment and training) youth, Professor Pam Cox from the University of Essex invited me to work collaboratively on an evaluation research project on Antisocial Behaviour in Colchester. The project was commissioned through Colchester Borough Council’s Safer Partnership Group, The University of Essex Hefce-funded Catalyst initiative and local partnership agencies to assist in the development of interventions to reduce ASB, improve the life chances of marginal young people and make better use of community assets. In collaboration with others, I played an active role in the submission of funding application for this evaluation study, and in this role, I closely worked with a range of local businesses and partnership agencies within the private and public sector. I am the first author of the report, titled Young Colchester: Life Chances, Assets and Anti-social Behaviour (ASB). Furthermore, I discovered that leading scholars were also aware of my work when an Editor at Palgrave Macmillan approached me to review two Book Proposals after my name was listed as one of five experts in the area of NEET and Marginalised Youth. I have subsequently completed the two review reports, making recommendations accordingly. Another key responsibility is my role as Partnership Link, representing UEA and our School of Social Work at this Government funded Teaching Partnership (TP). Through this collaborative engagement, we consolidate our strong working relationships with Norfolk County Council, Suffolk County Council, University of Suffolk and the Service User and Carer’s Group and UEA thus contributes in enhancing initial and continuing training of social workers in the region. Also, with the release of government funding for TPs, I am Project Lead and our SWK School leads on this project, designed to involve community members by creating a digital resource to capture and share Service User and Carers’ experiences of social work, consequently shaping and educating academics, social workers and trainees in Norfolk and Suffolk regions.

Professional Activities

RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS AND CONFERENCE ATTENDANCES INCLUDE

Carlene Cornish (2021) The paradox of BKSB assessments and Functional Skills: the experiences of ‘disengaged’ youth on an employability course in a further education college, Journal of Further and Higher Education. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0309877X.2021.1945001

Carlene Cornish (2021 in press) When racism, poverty, power and prestige collide in Social Work education and practiceJournal of International Social Work

 Carlene Cornish (2021 pending) Exclusion by design: Uncovering systems of segregation and ‘ghettoization’ of former NEET and ‘disengaged’ youth on an employability course in a further education (FE) college. Journal of Youth Studies.

Cornish, C. (2020). A review of Simmons, R and Smyth, J. Education and working-class youth: reshaping the politics of inclusion. Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, British Journal of Educational Studies, 68 (2).

Cornish, C (2019) ‘Student welfare: complexity, dilemmas and contradictions', Research in Post-Compulsory Education, Issue 24.2 (ARPCE 2018 Conference Special Issue). https://doi.org/10.1080/13596748.2019.1596413

Cornish, C. , Cox, P and Weir, R (Nov 2018). Young Colchester: Life Chances, Assets and Anti-Social Behaviour. Unpublished. Funders:  University of Essex & Hefce Catalyst Project, Colchester Borough Council & Essex Youth Service.

Cornish, C (July 2018) How former NEETs are restricted and excluded. Post-16 Educator, 92 July to September 2018, pp. 9-11. http://post16educator.org.uk/

Cornish, C. (2018) ‘Keep them students busy’: ‘warehoused’ or taught skills to achieve?, Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 23:1, 100-117.

Cornish, C (2017) Educated or warehoused? The educational experiences of former NEET and So-called disengaged youth in a further education (FE) college in England. European Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies, 6 (1):318-325

Cornish, C (2017) Level 1 Skills to Succeed (S2S) students and the gatekeeping function of GCSEs at an English FE college. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 22 (1): 7-21.

Cornish, C (May 2017) We want Education, Not Rejection in FE NEWS Publication.

Cornish, C (12/07/2017) The gatekeeping function of GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education) at an FE College.  https://ec.europa.eu/

Cornish, C (July 2017) ‘You can’t get there from here’: Marginalisation and the Gatekeeping Function of GCSEs. Post-16 Educator, 88 July to September 2017, pp. 8-10.

Cornish, C (2016). Higher Education Research Strategy 2016-2020, Strategic Planning Colchester Institute.

Book Review
Cornish, C (2018) ‘Book Review: M. Daley, K. Orr and J. Petrie. Principals Reviewed. London: Institute of Education Press. Post-16 Educator, 90, pp. 12-13. ISBN: 978-1-85856-844-7

Cornish, C (2015) ‘Book Review: M. Daley, K. Orr and J. Petrie. Further Education and the Twelve Dancing Princesses. London: Institute of Education Press. Post-16 Educator, 81, pp. 4-5. ISBN: 978-1-85856-640-5

Peer Reviewed Articles
British Educational Research Journal: 
Manuscript, entitled "Young people’s imagined futures and post-16 considerations as spatially-mediated personally constructed third spaces" 

Research in Post-Compulsory Education:
Manuscript, entitled ‘Supporting NEET young people to studies and working life – What can an educational project offer’?
 
Manuscript, entitled ‘Stream Choice’ in Post Compulsory Education and Aspiration of Students:
A Sociological Study in Delhi’

The Social Sciences Journal (current review)
Manuscript, entitled ‘Time use patterns among U.S. disengaged youth’


CONFERENCE PAPERS AND ATTENDANCE
Upcoming
Cornish, C (12 June 2019). Young Colchester: Life Chances, Assets and Anti-Social Behaviour. At Young Minds Inspiring Health and Well Being, research event at Firstsite, Colchester.

Cornish, C and Weir, R (26 June 2019). Stats, Maps and Chat: Using ethnographic research and asset mapping to explore perceptions of antisocial behaviour and domestic violence. At University of Essex Catalyst Project Conference, Essex Business School.

Cornish, C (28 June – 30 June 2019). “’Achieving Skills’? Discourses of employability and exclusion on an employability programme for prevocational learners”. At JVET Conference 2019, 28 – 30 June 2019, Keble College, University of Oxford.

Current and previous conference attendance:
Cornish, C (Feb 2019). Conducting research in FE. Guest speaker at ARPCE Regional Conference, 13 February 2019.

Cornish, C (2018). “The welfare discourse and rise of social welfare tutors”: The experiences of former NEETs and tutors engaged on a Level 1 course in a Further Education (FE) College. In ARCPE Conference 2018, 13-15 July 2018, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford.

Cornish, C. , Cox, P and Weir, R. Project launch of Young Colchester: Life Chances, Assets and Anti-Social Behaviour, on 07 November 2018 at Colchester Town House, Colchester Essex.

Cornish, C (2017). “Educated or Warehoused?”: The educational experiences of former NEET and so-called disengaged youth in a Further Education (FE) College in England. In European Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies. ICSS XIII Conference, Vienna University Congress Center,  Vienna, 6-7 October 2017

Cornish, C (2017). Employability, progression and discourses of student welfare: a study of a Level 1 Skills to Succeed (S2S) course in an English Further Education (FE) College. In Journal of Vocational Education & Training 12th International Conference 2017, 7–9 July 2017, Worcester College, University of Oxford.

Cornish, C (2017). The Gatekeeping Function of GCSEs. 30th Graduate Conference, 26-27 April 2017, Department of Sociology, University of Essex.

Cornish, C (2016). Social Exclusion of Marginalised Youth within the Further Education Sector under the Raising of Participation Age (RPA) policy: A Case Study. In ARCPE Conference 2016, 8 -10 July 2016, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford.

Cornish, C (2016). The Gatekeeping Function of GCSEs:  A Case Study. In Child and Youth Poverty: Contexts, concepts and consequences 2016, 16 September, Leeds Centre for Interdisciplinary Childhood and Youth Research, University of Leeds.

Cornish, C (2016). The Further Education (FE) lecturers’ experiences of teaching Level 1 Skills to Succeed (S2S) students under the Raising of Participation Age (RPA) policy reform. In BSA Conference 2016, 6 -8 April 2016, Aston University, Birmingham.
 
Cornish, C (2015). Tutor Voices: Further Education (first organising conference 2015), 25th – 26th September 2015, South Yorkshire.
 
Cornish, C (2015). The Paradox of the Raising of Participation Age (RPA) policy in Further Education Colleges: A Case Study. In ESRC Multi-Disciplinary Workshop on Education 2015, 23 & 24 March 2015, ISER: University of Essex, Essex.
 
Cornish, C (2015). The Gatekeeping function of GCSE’s: A Case Study. In BSA Conference 2015, 15 -17 April 2015, Glasgow University, Glasgow.
 
Cornish, C (2014). The Paradox of the Raising of Participation Age (RPA) policy in Further Education Colleges: A Case Study. In FERA Conference 2014, 11 -13 July 2014, Harris Manchester College, Oxford.
 
Cornish, C (2014). An exploratory case study on Level 1 students in a Further Education (FE College) under the RPA reform. In BERA Conference 2014, 23 -25 September 2014, Institute of Education, London.

Teaching Interests

I teach on the folowing courses: 

BA Year 1: Social Work in Context, Social Work Skills, Introduction to Social Sciences

BA Year 2: Case Assessment,Case Study & Working with Diversity

BA Year 3: Research Dissertation and Supervision

MA Year 1: Working with Diversity 

MA Year 2: Child Observation Study & MA Dissertation Supervision 

 

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