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Dr Frances Howard

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

Sociology

Dr Frances Howard is a Lecturer in Youth Studies for the Department of Sociology. Her recent PhD investigated ’dis-engaged’ young people’s experience of Arts Award programmes.

BA (hons) Youth Studies: https://www.ntu.ac.uk/study-and-courses/courses/find-your-course/social-sciences/ug/2019-20/youth-studies

Role at NTU

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

*        Concepts of Youth (year 1)

*        Youth Health and Wellbeing (year 2)

*        Youth Work and Informal Education (year 3)

She has a wider departmental role for Student Voice and Engagement 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: https://creativenottinghamnorth.com/

Career Overview

Frances has recently finished a PhD 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 https://www.nottsymca.com/digital/ and a Moderator for the young people’s Arts Award https://www.artsaward.org.uk/site/?id=64

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 was previously part of the Music Commission Research panel, which aimed to steer the inquiry into supporting young people’s music-making http://www.musiccommission.org.uk/people/frances-howard/.

She is currently co-convenor of the BERA Youth Studies and Informal Education special interest group: https://www.bera.ac.uk/group/youth-studies-and-informal-education 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 http://www.creativemargins.net/.

Publications

*        Youth Work, Arts Practice and Transdisciplinary Space (July 2018), Chapter in the SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice with Steph Brocken and Nicola Sim. https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/the-sage-handbook-of-youth-work-practice/book245391

*        Filmmaking education and enterprise culture: an ethnographic exploration of two filmmaking education contexts and their relation to bedroom culture and the creative workplace (January 2018) Ethnography and Education, Vol 13, No 3. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17457823.2017.1422131

*        Sharing, making and learning together: co-production with digital artforms. The young people’s Arts Award in youth settings (2018) Radical Community Work Journal, Vol 3, No 1.  http://rcwjournal.org/ojs/index.php/radcw/article/view/28

*        The arts in youth work: A spectrum of instrumentality? (July 2017) Youth & Policy. http://www.youthandpolicy.org/articles/the-arts-in-youth-work/

Role

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

*        Concepts of Youth (year 1)

*        Youth Health and Wellbeing (year 2)

*        Youth Work and Informal Education (year 3)

She has a wider departmental role for Student Voice and Engagement 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: https://creativenottinghamnorth.com/

Career overview

Frances has recently finished a PhD 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 https://www.nottsymca.com/digital/ and a Moderator for the young people’s Arts Award https://www.artsaward.org.uk/site/?id=64

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 was previously part of the Music Commission Research panel, which aimed to steer the inquiry into supporting young people’s music-making http://www.musiccommission.org.uk/people/frances-howard/.

She is currently co-convenor of the BERA Youth Studies and Informal Education special interest group: https://www.bera.ac.uk/group/youth-studies-and-informal-education 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 http://www.creativemargins.net/.

Publications

*        Youth Work, Arts Practice and Transdisciplinary Space (July 2018), Chapter in the SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice with Steph Brocken and Nicola Sim. https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/the-sage-handbook-of-youth-work-practice/book245391

*        Filmmaking education and enterprise culture: an ethnographic exploration of two filmmaking education contexts and their relation to bedroom culture and the creative workplace (January 2018) Ethnography and Education, Vol 13, No 3. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17457823.2017.1422131

*        Sharing, making and learning together: co-production with digital artforms. The young people’s Arts Award in youth settings (2018) Radical Community Work Journal, Vol 3, No 1.  http://rcwjournal.org/ojs/index.php/radcw/article/view/28

*        The arts in youth work: A spectrum of instrumentality? (July 2017) Youth & Policy. http://www.youthandpolicy.org/articles/the-arts-in-youth-work/