Who We Are

Who We Are

Who We Are

Peter Shukie

On a blustery, cold winter night in Blackpool we got back to the car after walking the illuminations.  A bit shattered and glad of the warm, by chance I happened across a radio show by a brilliant woman that led to this website, this conference and the creation of this brilliant group of academics, students and thinkers of all kinds. 

The woman on the radio was Rachael Gibbons and she talked of her experiences in academia as a working-class person; of imposter syndrome, of a Jonah Complex and of the often traumatic, emotional turmoil that ‘getting an

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Hina Suleman

I have recently completed a master’s degree in Education and Education Leadership and Management at Liverpool Hope University. In this conference I share my story of being a working-class lone parent. I feel between the working class and the middle class and this leads to interesting observations about how women of colour are faced with boundaries of culture and labelling whilst aware of their realities. My story is one that explores how class has

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Janette Alvarado-Cruz

Working class academics aren’t visible enough in the University sector– not to each other and certainly not to students. This conference is vital, therefore, in bringing together a community of those people who would consider themselves working class. The fact that we choose to find each other, to talk together and to share our experiences with pride and brazenness has a vital knock on effect. The very existence of such a conference means something. It speaks volumes to those very people we wish to serve, to develop, to mentor.

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Amina Khan

I am Amina and I am currently the Student Union President at Blackburn College and University Centre in East Lancashire.  Last year I completed my degree in Education Studies and I am currently studying for an MA in Education and Leadership with Liverpool Hope University.  My work as an academic focuses on the often difficult and uncertain cultural barriers faced by Muslim women in education.

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Craig Hammond

Craig Hammond is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). Prior to moving to LJMU, Craig taught across further education and college based higher education (CBHE) for 18 years. Between 2015 and 2017, Craig was the Research and Scholarship Leader at University Centre Blackburn College. Gaining is PhD in Sociology from Lancaster University in 2012, he obtained recognition as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) in 2015, in recognition of his CBHE research and scholarship work. His recent publications Hope, Utopia and

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Saleem Seedat

Saleem Seedat, along with his seminary training and teaching, has studied at Cambridge Muslim College.  Saleem read Politics, Philosophy and Religion for his Masters at Lancaster University and is currently the Blackburn College Chaplain.  Saleem independently advises local and national government departments and statutory organisations, in particular Scotland Yard on Counter Terrorism.  Saleem specialises in contemporary Islam, engaging with diverse communities across the country and continues to engage with the media in this regard.

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Kick Down The Barriers

Kick Down the Barriers is a project led by Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery exploring four Blackburn communities that have been publicly labelled (and shamed) as segregated and divided. Using engaged arts practice alongside written enquiry, artists, writers and local residents will challenge these stigmas.

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Jamie Holman

Early works were predominantly in video, audio and performance, before developing into a broader, multi-disciplinary practice that now includes photography, print, sculpture and text. Holman was a founding member of the music/artist/writers collective tompaulin, who released three LP’s, seven singles and recorded two John Peel sessions between 2000 and 2007. In 2008 Holman began writing for The Saatchi Gallery Magazine Art and Music, and was a contributing editor until 2018. Art and Music is a quarterly magazine that is distributed internationally, while remaining the in house publication of The Saatchi Gallery London.

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Alex Dunedin

Alex Dunedin has been a part of developing the Ragged University project over the last ten years which has been using available infrastructure and common technology to pursue educational processes in the community.

The working class conference is important to me because the diffuse intellectual lives of people in general are under represented in cultural terms.  Education and learning are a part of our social fabric performing critical functions of human development which should be celebrated as such.

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Alexandra Shukie

I am a Senior Lecturer in Engineering Mathematics at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). Prior to moving to SHU two years ago, I taught across further education and college based higher education for 10 years.

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