Caroline joined the Youth Work and Community Development team in 2006, previously she had been a youth and community worker for over 20 years. this included, amongst other roles, work as a detached street worker, a schools anti-racist worker, a sexual health worker and a generic youth worker in local communities. Caroline has continued to volunteer in youth and community organisations which helps to keep her in touch with the current issues faced by youth and community workers and community activists.
Caroline's work as a practitioner in the field and as an academic is underpinned by a commitment to social justice and a belief that people have a right to a voice in decisions which affect their life. Her belief in social justice has led to an interest in widening participation since becoming an academic and she has worked on several projects encouraging non traditional entrants to consider university.
Working in partnership with local community organisations has led to a range of projects seeking to bridge the divide between universities and the communities they serve. One such initiative was a collaboration with Getaway Girls to run an International Women's Day Conference called She Matters, aimed at young women in Leeds and encouraging them to consider higher education.
Caroline models and encourages students’ synergy of theory and practice, she believes it is essential to 'practice what you preach'.