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Frances Howard

Dr Frances Howard

Senior Lecturer

Social Work, Care and Community


Frances Howard is Course Leader for BA (hons) Youth Studies. She teaches the following modules, alongside dissertation supervision:

  • Concepts of Youth (year 1)
  • Researching Youth (year 2)
  • Youth Cultures and Lifestyles (year 3)

She draws on creative approaches to teaching and learning and undertakes film making activities with students as a way to develop pedagogical resources.

She also undertakes evaluation and research for arts, youth and community projects and has recently undertaken an ethnographic evaluation of the Creative Nottingham North programme.

Career overview

Frances completed her PhD in 2018 exploring young people’s experience of the Arts Award with Youth and Alternative Education programmes. She has previously worked in local authorities, arts education and youth work. Alongside her role at NTU she is a volunteer for Nottinghamshire YMCA’s Young Creatives project and a Moderator for the young people’s Arts Award.

Research areas

Frances’ research interests include youth arts programmes, health and well-being, youth work and informal education, community engagement / development, youth participation / voice and young people’s social issues. She would welcome any opportunities that may arise to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil or PhD in these areas.

External activity

In addition to working with the above external partners – Creative Nottingham North, YMCA and Arts Award, Frances is currently co-convenor of the BERA Youth Studies and Informal Education special interest group and is part of the AHRC funded inter-university project Creative Margins which aims to share knowledge across the fields and disciplines of Art and youth/community work by opening spaces for discussion and critical debate.