May 28

Crime, Justice and the Sex Industry module sources

I run an award-winning module at the University of Liverpool called Crime, Justice and the Sex Industry. You can read more here. I would like to thank Professor Maggie O’Neill and Dr Alison Jobe for the inspiration and all those at the original Sex Work Research Hub who helped me to design this module. I […]

September 23

Dr Gemma Ahearne

Dr. Gemma Ahearne Welcome to my blog. I am an award winning educator with 10 years lecturing experience and 20 years experience of the sex industry. As a proud Dyslexic I am committed to innovative, creative,  ‘out of the box’ ways of communicating information. I am a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Liverpool […]

November 26

Those who are first, will be last

Tomorrow we enter the season of advent. We need the light and the hope, and I crave the cyclical comfort of the seasons. However we cannot ignore the crisis this country is in. So many people unable to heat their homes and feed their families. Elderly people frightened of their smart meters and avoiding boiling […]

September 24

Feed The People

My attention was drawn tonight to a blogger with a large following claiming that nobody starves in the UK. The poor can eat gruel apparently (well I am being facetious but they recommend the poor purchase 1kg of oatmeal in order to avoid hunger). I am not going to share the post but you can […]

August 09

Being Human

I have entered the second week of my annual leave and have got into the pace of slowing down and switching off (as much as a hyperactive brain can). The luxury of time to think and mull ideas over, marinate in the experiences of the pandemic and my hope for the future. Today I visited […]

August 03

Prima Facie

***Trigger warning- this post discusses sexual violence and trauma *** Last night I finally saw National Theatre Live ‘Prima Facie’ starring the amazing Jodie Comer. Written by Suzie Miller, directed by Justin Martin and presented by Empire Street productions, the play is a monologue of criminal barrrister Tessa (played by Comer). The play is described […]

July 09

Full circle

Winning Lecturer of the Year (2022) at the University of Liverpool is my life going full circle. Thank you to my friends and colleagues Alex and Tan who accompanied me on the night. It was wonderful to see friends from across the university and I enjoyed celebrating your successes. Twenty years ago I first came […]

April 17

When the Dust Settles

Professor Lucy Easthope is the country’s leading emergency planner/disaster expert. When the Dust Settles Stories of love, loss and hope from an expert in disaster was published by Hodder and Stoughton in April 2022. I was lucky to meet Lucy online during the start of the pandemic, which then resulted in meeting up when lockdown […]

April 05

Alternative Dissertation (my new favourite module)

If you have read my blog before or follow me on twitter, you will know that my work-related pride and joy is my specialist module SOCI349 Crime Justice and the Sex Industry. You can read more about this module here and I keep a resource list here. In September 2021 I launched a new optional […]

March 13

Rigoletto

Today I saw my first opera. It was screened into the cinema which works well for me as a) there are subtitles and b) it is much cheaper (I have an Infinity membership so ‘events’ such as ballet, opera and National Theatre Live cost me less than ten pounds). Therefore this is a much cheaper […]

March 11

Rich pedagogical gifts

“Class distinctions do not die; they merely learn new ways of expressing themselves” (Hoggart, 1989, cited in Crew, 2021). I would like to dedicate this blog to all of the women whose resolve and dedication to education inspire me every day. I would also like to thank everybody around me who is supportive of innovation […]

March 04

Lucy McKenzie Tate Liverpool

The University of Liverpool and Tate Liverpool run a programme called Tate Exchange. I was lucky enough to be one of the four academics selected this year to take part to deliver workshops. I would like to thank Hannah Schumann, Research Partnerships Marketing Manager, Professor Fiona Beveridge, (and all at UOL who made this happen) […]