Gillian Wilde

Job Role
Senior Lecturer in Youth and Community


Gillian is currently studying a Professional Doctorate in Education at Cardiff University and will focus her research on widening participation. Gillian has over 20 years’ experience in youth & community work and workforce development, and is an Associate Lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Gillian completed a masters in Lifelong Learning at Swansea University in 2010, researching how institutions implement policy into practice. She is a JNC professionally endorsed Youth & Community Practitioner, graduating in 2003 at the University of Wales Newport. 

Gillian is an endorsed trainer for European youth projects, and has participated in projects in Estonia, Croatia, Belgium, Ireland and thr EU Youth Parliament in Brussels.

In addition, Gillian is a qualified trainer, assessor and internal verifier, with extensive experience of leading and coordinating quality assurance processes within specialist areas of learning and work, homelessness, young people’s services and vocational qualifications. 

A community volunteer, she has served as an elected councilor for 15 years and is an advocate for youth work training within a number of sectors. Since 2009, Gillian has developed strategic partnerships to support access and progression for learners with a number of HEIs including CMU, USW, TSD and Glyndŵr universities.

A champion for young people and those that work with them, Gillian’s key passion is to widen participation and access for non-traditional learners wishing to progress onto higher education.

Hobbies include walking, theatre and historical buildings.


Phd Education (2015 - ongoing Cardiff University)

MA Lifelong Learning (Swansea University)

BA (Hons) Youth & Community Work (JNC) (USW)

PTLLS prep to teach (City & Guilds) Internal Verifier Award (OCR)

Assessor Award (A1/A2) (OCR)


Policy and Practice / Post 16 Transition / NEETS Intervention / Early Years Transition / Widening Access to HE/ Professional routes for Youth & Community practitioners.


BA (Hons) Youth & Community Work

YCW603 – International Perspectives in Life Long Learning
YCW412 – Working Creatively with groups
YCW502 – Creative Skills for Engagement
Foundation Year Education – ECS303 Introduction to Childhood and Youth Studies