Suzanne is a Research Fellow in Social Exclusion and Community Development at The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). The research agenda, which is in partnership with the Samuel Lindow Foundation and The Centre of Citizenship and Community, is to work with communities to identify effective and sustainable means of increasing community capital. This work currently involves working with children from West Cumbria in participatory action research projects, the results from which will be used in inform policy and practice, locally and nationally.
Prior to this, Suzanne was a Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate with the university, working with Inspira to research, development and deliver a family centred intervention to support parents in raising children’s aspirations. This received the ‘The John O’Donoghue Award for Research’ for excellence in educational research at UCLan. The intervention that was produced, ‘In This Together’, is currently funded by Cumbria County Council to be rolled out throughout West Cumbrian secondary schools, for two years. This research formed the basis of Suzanne’s Masters in Philosophy degree that was award by The University of Central Lancashire in 2018.
Suzanne was awarded a Commendation for her Masters in Psychological Research Skills dissertation at Lancaster University, which explored community resilience in West Cumbria following the November 2010 floods and West Cumbrian Shootings of June 2011.
With over 10 years’ experience in mental health, Suzanne has worked with a range of local services such as Mind in West Cumbria, Whitehaven Community Trust and Psychological Services at WCH, and is trained in integrative counselling and brief solution focused coaching. Suzanne is passionate about social justice and equal opportunities, and is a member of the British Psychological Society, Social Policy Association, British Educational Research Association, West Cumbria Child Poverty Group, Academics Against Poverty and The Centre of Citizenship and Community.
In June 2012 Suzanne was honoured to carry the Olympic flame through Carlisle, after being nominated as a Torchbearer for her charitable work for Mind in West Cumbria. This sparked a love for running, especially in the Cumbrian fells and coastline.