Study and Training

Studying

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I have a BA degree in French Language and Literature from the University of Sheffield. I have since completed studies in numerous areas, giving me a wide variety of knowledge on many subjects. This makes me the perfect choice for writing in many areas, and it demonstrates that I have the transferable skills required to research, learn and write about almost anything (except, perhaps, particle physics).

Examples of my study and training include:

Formal / Extended Study Courses

  • Writing Young Adult Fiction (Ongoing) (University of Oxford)
  • Women in Leadership: Inspiring Positive Change (Ongoing) (Case Western Reserve University) 
  • Brand Storytelling (Ongoing) (D&AD)
  • Writing Lives (Pass) (University of Oxford)
  • Journalism for Social Change (Ongoing) (University of California, Berkeley), March 2015
  • Ethics, Regulation and Law (Complete) (Federation of Entertainment Unions (FEU)), March 2015
  • Digital Analytics Fundamentals (Ongoing) (Google Analytics Academy), July 2014
  • Introduction to Mobile Journalism (Complete) (Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas), July 2014
  • Doing Journalism with Data (Complete) (Canvas Network), June 2014
  • Investigative Journalism for the Digital Age (Complete) (Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas), May 2014
  • Community Journalism (Complete: Pass) (Cardiff University), April 2014
  • How to Write Children’s Books (Ongoing) (Write Story Books for Children)
  • How to Self-Publish Children’s Books on Kindle (Complete) (Richard Bullivant),  September 2013
  • Journalistic Ethics (Complete) (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Online) – Communications Studies 187)
  • Reporting on Sexual Violence (Complete) (Poynter News University), March 2013
  • Beyond the Inverted Pyramid: Creating Alternative Story Forms (Poynter News University), February 2013
  • Covering Mental Health Issues and the Recession (Complete) (Robert R. McCormick Foundation / Poynter News University), February 2013
  • Developing a Business Model for a Digital Media Company (Pass: 100%) (Rashmi Sinha and Jonathan Boutelle, Stanford Technology Ventures Program / Alison.com), February 2013
  • Crash Course in SEO (Brian Whalley / Inbound Marketing University), February 2013
  • Social Media and Building Community GF201 (Chris Brogan, New Marketing Labs / Inbound Marketing University), February 2013
  • YouTube Marketing: How to Go Viral (500 Startups / Udemy), February 2013
  • Pitch for Success (Eric Byrde / Udemy), February 2013
  • Profit with Pinterest: A Case Study (The Net Results / Udemy), February 2013
  • How to Blog Effectively for Business GF101 (Ann Handley and Mack Collier, MarketingProfs / Inbound Marketing University), February 2013
  • Creating a Need For Your Product (Pass: 100%) (Stanford Technology Venture Program / Alison.com), January 2013
  • Reporting on Nonprofits (Poynter News University), December 2012
  • Covering Child Abuse: Lessons from the Sandusky Story (Poynter News University), December 2012
  • How to Make Screencasts (p2pu), December 2012
  • Consensus Decision-Making (Seeds of Change), November 2012
  • Understanding Advanced Search Using Google (Pass: 98%) (Google / Alison.com), November 2012
  • Fundraising for the Non-Profit (Pass: 100%) (Stanford Technology Ventures Program / Alison.com), November 2012
  • T156 Digital Film School (Pass: 83%) (Open University), 2012
  • Diploma in Social Media Marketing (Pass: 98%) (Alison.com), October 2012
  • Business Start-Ups the Kawasaki Way (Pass: 100%) (Guy Kawasaki / Stanford Technology Ventures Program / Alison.com), October 2012
  • Audacity for Recording Podcasts (Complete) (Alison.com), October 2012
  • How to Make Screencasts (Ongoing) (p2pu), October 2012
  • Diploma in Professional Freelance Journalism (Ongoing)
  • How to use YouTube for Video Sharing (Pass: 100%) (Alison.com), October 2012
  • Self-Directed Support (Not accredited) (Sheffield City Council online), July 2011
  • U122 Make Your Experience Count (Ongoing) (Open University), 2011
  • A181 Ethics in Real Life (Open University), July 2011
  • SOCI 218 Social Deviance (Pass: 100%) (Columbia College), March 2011.
  • Preventing Workplace Harassment (Pass) (Columbia College), January 2011.
  • Disability Awareness (Ongoing) (BSY Distance Learning)
  • Diploma in Photography (Pass) (NCFE), 2009.
  • Certificate in Nutrition and Health (Pass) (Sheffield College), 2008.
  • T189 Digital Photography: Creating and Sharing Better Images (Pass) (Open University), 2007.
  • Introduction to Desktop Publishing (Pass) (NCFE), 2004
  • Introduction to Community Development and Health (Pass) (Open College Network), 2002.
  • A Levels: French (A), Music (A), Philosophy and Religion (C), General Studies (C), 1995.
  • GCSEs: French (A), Music (A), English Literature (A), Sciences (AA), History (A), History and Appreciation of Music (A), Religious Studies (A), Mathematics (A), Home Economics (Food) (A), English Language (B), German (A), 1992 – 1994.

One-Off / Weekend Training Events

  • The Secrets of Persuasive B2B Content (Catherine Toole, Sticky Content), March 2015
  • Converting LinkedIn Contacts to Leads (Alex Pirouz, Linkfluencer), March 2015
  • How to create call-to-actions that drive conversions (Kath Pay, Cloud.IQ), March 2015
  • The Secret Psychology Behind Persuasive Content (Nathalie Nahai / MOZ), June 2014
  • Content Marketing in Boring Industries (MOZ), December 2013
  • The Magic of Outsourcing: How to Create Great Content and Influence People (MOZ), August 2013
  • How to Drive Social Visibility and New Business with Pinterest (Constant Contact), August 2013
  • The Content Marketing Show, London, May 2013
  • Where Local Is Going (Mike Ramsay / SEOMoz), December 2012
  • From Nothing to Expert: How to Blog like You Mean It (Tanner Christensen / SEOMoz), December 2012
  • Transform Business to Business Audiences with Visual Stories (Nancy Duarte / Marketing Cloud), December 2012
  • SEO for the Social Media Mind (SEOmoz), November 2012
  • Effective Brand Marketing on Twitter: How to Rise Above the Noise (Social Media Today), November 2012
  • 14 Ways to Report Back to Donors: From newsletters to annual reports (Kivi Leroux Miller), November 2012
  • Writing Short: Better Subject Lines, Headlines, Tweets and More (Non-Profit Marketing Guide), November 2012
  • Supporting Individuals with Specific Learning Difficulties (Hidden Impairments) Successfully Into Employment (Professor Amanda Kirby), November 2012
  • Is B2B Really Ready for Video and Social Media Marketing? (Supercool Creative), November 2012
  • Video Marketing Strategies, Tactics, Tips and Case Studies in Social Media (White Hat Media), November 2012
  • B2B Video: How to Drive Audiences, Engagement and Insight (BrightTalk), November 2012
  • The Power of Video in Email – Leveraging their Strengths to Create Engagement (Plan to Engage), November 2012
  • I hate the term CRM. It sounds like a disease (McKee Wallwork Cleveland), September 2012
  • New Media Frontiers (Percassity Marketing Data Solutions), September 2012
  • Content Marketing Strategies for Demand Generation and Lead Nurturing (Retargeter), August 2012
  • Content Marketing for Accounts that Matter (Content Marketing Institute), August 2012
  • Advanced Social Media – How to Utilize Top Platforms (Anvil Media Inc), April 2012
  • The Secrets of Building Online B2B Audiences with Social Media (Brand Generation Marketing), April 2012
  • Mastering B2B Social Media (Hubspot), April 2012
  • What You Need to Know About Google+ For Small Businesses: Why Google+ May be Better for Your Small Business than Facebook (TheNextWeb and Verizon Small Business Team), April 2012
  • How to get more sales-ready leads from your email marketing: More campaigns, less effort, better results (CommuniGator), April 2012
  • B2B Email Marketing and Lead Nurturing – Trends for 2012 (Marketo and Plan to Engage), April 2012
  • Five Things You Need to Know to be Successful in the Cloud (Cloud Computing Services), April 2012
  • The Ins and Outs of Local SEO (Anvil Media, Inc), March 2012
  • Right Audience, Right Message: Increase the Return on Your Content Marketing (Velocity Partners, Marketo), March 2012
  • Driving Demand Through End-to-End Marketing (Channel Maven Consulting), March 2012
  • Winning Content Marketing Strategies: Rebalance your Organization to Deliver Effective Content (Marketing Cloud), March 2012
  • Getting Paid to Write (Reliablewriters.com), February 2012
  • How to Connect, Create, Convert and Cash In with Customers (StomperNet), February 2012
  • The 4 Keys to Pitch-Perfect Messaging (Getting Attention), February 2012
  • 7 Simple Strategies to Profit from Facebook Marketing (AmyPorterfield.com), December 2011
  • Sex and Relationships Education for Young People with Learning Disabilities (Sheffield Centre for HIV and Sexual Health), November 2011
  • Getting Your Business on Google+ (Learn with Google), November 2011
  • Accessible Social Media (SSB Bart Group), November 2011
  • Social Media in the Not-for-Profit Sector (Voluntary Action Sheffield), September 2011
  • Disability in Practice: Emergency Preparedness (Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation), September 2011
  • Social Revolution: Connecting with Today’s Customer (salesforce.com), August 2011
  • Introduction to Web Accessibility (The Accessible Technology Coalition), August 2011
  • 10 Keys To Social Media Success: Social Media for Results (Social Media Marketing University), August 2011
  • Legal… Ethical… and Profitable Hype in Your Copy with Vin Montello, August 2011
  • Principles for Staying Sane While Effectively Helping a Loved One in Crisis (Mind Freedom International), July 2011
  • The Three Principles of Disability Etiquette (ModernDisability.com), July 2011
  • The Paradigm of Modern Disability (ModernDisability.com), July 2011
  • Food and Mood Workshop, 2007
  • Good Governance, 2004
  • Awareness of Harassment Behaviour within Mental Health Services, and how to Avoid and Tackle it, 2002
  • Introduction to Web Design, 2002
  • Working with Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse, 2001
  • Working with People who Hear Voices, 2001
  • Team Building, 1999
  • Managing the role of Supervisor, 1997
  • How to Facilitate Groups and the Importance of Facilitation, 1996
  • Counselling Skills, 1995, 1996, 1997
  • Assertiveness and Self-Confidence, 1996
  • Listening Skills, 1996
  • Squelchskin

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