Jess Achilleos

Job Role
Senior Lecturer In Youth & Community Work
Room
K10

Biography

In a previous life, Jess was a Gym Instructor and then a Retail Manager. Her undergraduate degree was in French and Philosophy. When she realised that Retail Management was not for her, she returned to study to gain the Professional Qualification and Masters in Youth and Community Work here at Wrexham Glyndwr University.

She has worked across the North West of England delivering and developing projects to support vulnerable young people. She has worked in partnership with Youth Offending Services, Social Services, Senior Leadership Teams in secondary schools and other Voluntary Sector services to ensure that young people are listened to and supported. She has set up and managed Alternative Education Programmes for young people who are unable to access school or college. She still practices as a Detached Youth Worker on the Wirral.

She joined WGU in 2015 and is passionate about ensuring education is accessible and inclusive for everyone. She leads and support various projects to develop equality and diversity in Higher Education ranging from Race Equality to fair assessment practices. She has secured funding for Youth Work projects and research here at WGU, including the evaluation of the Youth Work Strategy for Wales (2017).

Outside of work she is politically active in her community and volunteers for a local charity that supports refugees and asylum seekers. She has three big dogs that keep her sane so she walks a lot!

Qualifications

Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

MA Youth and Community Work

Postgraduate Diploma Youth and Community Work (with JNC professional qualification)

BA (Hons) French and Philosophy

Research

Critical pedagogy

Anti-oppressive practice

Assessment and Feedback in Higher Education

Informal education

Courses

MA (qualifying and post-qualifying routes) Youth and Community Work

Publications

Educating Informal Educators on Issues of Race and Inequality: Raising critical consciousness, identifying challenges, and implementing change in a Youth and Community work programme

Redressing the Balance of Power in Youth and Community Work Education: a case study in assessment and feedback – Chapter in Teaching Youth Work in Higher Education

Gearing Up and Getting on – an Evaluation of the National Deaf Children’s Society Gearing Up Project for 14-18 year olds

Review of the National Youth Work Strategy for Wales 2014-2018

Radical pedagogies: MacPherson Report 20 years on – Presentation on Radical Pedagogy in Higher Education Institutions – The challenge of raising critical consciousness from a place of white privilege

International Conference on Teaching Youth Work in Higher Education, Newman University – Presentation of Book Chapter: Redressing the Balance of Power in Youth and Community Work Education: a case study in assessment and feedback

TAG PALYCW Annual Conference, Glyndwr University – Presentation of research findings from Review of the National Youth Work Strategy for Wales 2014-2018

Findings from the Review of the National Youth Work Strategy for Wales 2014-2018 at the Welsh Youth Work Conference 2018, Welsh Government. Presentation based on findings from research commissioned by WG to WGU.