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 […]

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) […]

March 01

Leaning Towards Lent

2022. The world is in a mess. The people of Ukraine are in need of our support as are the people of Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, Ethiopia and around the world. Matthew 26.40 “The King will reply, ‘ I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you […]

February 20

The trees will know calm in the morning

I am forever indebted to the wisdom of trees. I wrote a Theology post here about God being in the rubble, and the comfort of Lammas. I have always loved trees, nature, the outdoors. It is my place of thinking and reflecting and stillness. The worst part of the pandemic response for my mental health […]

February 11

Partygate: a Lockdown of Justice?

I wrote another blog post for the University of Liverpool blog which can be accessed here. The image is mine and does not represent the views of my employer or any of the scholars cited in my work.

December 30

Pass the Light On

Sitting in the cathedral clutching my candle we were told “If you’ve got a neighbour pass the light on” as the flame did a relay throughout the people. We each cautiously lit the wick of our immediate neighbour’s candle, anticipating the lights being switched off and sitting bathing in the glow of our flames. Alone […]

December 22

Examples of policing lockdown

I would like to start this blog by making it clear that I do not blame individual officers for the policing of Covid. The deliberate confusion caused by guidance being stricter than legislation caused huge grey areas. Indeed human rights barrister Adam Wagner who has been invaluable in educating the public about the ever-changing regulations, […]