Ursula Curwen


Ursula Curwen is a Senior Lecturer in Youth and Education and Edge Hill University SOLSTICE Fellow. She has module leader responsibilities for the Critical Youth Studies module in year three. She also teaches on the Youth in Context, and Working with Children and Families modules. Ursula is actively researching into learning and teaching; in particular, she has been exploring different approaches to student induction and transitions, retention, and reflective learning and assessment and the use of technologies in learning and teaching, all with a view to improving student experience, success and student support. Ursula is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • BSc (Hons) Geography & Environmental Studies Manchester Polytechnic 1983
  • Certificate Recreational Art in the Community (Distinction) Manchester Polytechnic 1985
  • MA Writing Studies Edge Hill College (Lancaster University) 1995
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Youth & Community Work S. Martin’s College (Lancaster University) 1997
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching Nottingham Trent University 2006
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy


  • SPY 1106/1113 Working With Children Young People and Families
  • SPY 2038 Youth in Context , Transitions Rights and Cultures
  • SPY 3036 Critical Youth Studies (Module Leader)
  • Supervisor for BA(Hons) Dissertations
  • Personal Tutor
  • University SOLSTICE Fellow


I am currently working on student use of anonymous social media as an indicator of support needs this has formed the basis for conference papers in the last year and forthcoming work on ethics in observational internet research.

Further my interests lie in games and play for late teens/adults and the social and health benefits this may bring. I am working on the mobile game Ingress as a social stimulus.

Additional information

In the wider community I have had an active involvement with the Windows Writing Project for the last 25 years currently as Chair of Trust and artist. My Masters degree is in Writing Studies. I was also involved in the development of Liverpool Pride striving to educate people in an attempt to prevent hate crimes such as those tragically witnessed in Liverpool recently. I also campaign on environmental and homelessness issues.

I am a reviewer for CELT and have also carried out reviews for Polity Press.