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Michelle is a PhD candidate studying the lived experiences special guardians and birth parents have with contact. Michelle is a special guardian herself and was awarded a distinction and the program prize in the MA Family Support for her empirical dissertation, which explored special guardian and practitioner perspectives of contact with birth parents.

Michelle is also a Visiting Lecturer in the school of Children, Young People and Families.

Michelle is a member of the Kinship Research Network and on the charity Kinships Advisory Group Panel. Michelle is a tutor and mentor for the Brilliant Club, which supports access and participation for students facing higher education barriers.

Michelle has a BA in Health and Social Care, and her previous career involved managing services for adults with learning disabilities and autism.

Education/Academic qualification

MA Family Support (Distinction)

Award Date: 8 Dec 2021

BA (Hons) Health and Social Care, The Open University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2015

External positions

Tutor and Mentor, The Brilliant Club

Jun 2023 → …

Panel member of Advisory Group, Kinship

2022 → …

Member, Kinship Research Network

2020 → …


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