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My first degree was in English Language and Literature, which I studied at the University of Leeds. After graduation I worked at Leeds Council for Voluntary Service and subsequently for a project providing literacy, numeracy and life and social skills for young people on Manpower Services Commission schemes. I found a love for informal education and studied for the professionally endorsed Postgraduate Diploma in Youth and Community Work at Manchester Polytechnic.

After qualifying, I worked for a couple of years in East Manchester and then became the Warden of the Roseville Centre in Leeds where I remained for eight years. Since 1992 I have worked in higher education, first at the University of Leeds where I gained my MEd, then at the St Martin’s College, Lancaster. I joined the University of Huddersfield in 1996. In 2002 I gained my EdD: my third degree from the University of Leeds.

At both St Martin’s and Huddersfield I have worked mainly on youth and community work courses, offering professional and academic qualifications to both pre-service and in-service students. I  have been Course Leader of the BA Youth and Community Work at the University of Huddersfield since the late 1990s. I led the revalidation of the course by the National Youth Agency in February 2016.

From 2000-2005 I co-ordinated the Pan-Commonwealth Quality Assurance on behalf of the University of Huddersfield for the Commonwealth Youth Programme’s Diploma in Youth in Development. From 2004-7, I was Liaison Tutor between the University and Zambia’s Ministry of Sport, Youth and Child Development and ensured that two cohorts of students based in Zambia successfully completed the BA Community Education. I attended the graduation of 40 successful students in Lusaka in 2006.

I am Director of Graduate Research within the School of Education and Professional Development. In 2010 I organised the first residential writing retreat for research active colleagues in the School. Evaluation was very positive so I organised further retreats. The tenth and eleventh are scheduled for early 2017.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • The history and development of the Youth Association (research based in archive material)
  • All aspects of National Youth Agency validated youth and community work courses in HE settings
  • The training and education of youth workers and youth and community workers
  • Informal education and working with young people in other countries including developing nations

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Research Output 1995 2018

Youth Work in England: A Profession with a Future?

Jones, H., Jul 2018, The SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice. Alldred, P., Cullen, F., Edwards, K. & Fusco, D. (eds.). London: SAGE Publications, p. 98-112 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Youth work in England: An uncertain future?

Jones, H. M. F., 30 Jul 2015, Youth and Inequality in Education: Global Actions in Youth Work. Taylor and Francis Inc., p. 117-135 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

youth work
youth organization
New Labour

‘Hours of Distraction and Cheerful Companionship’: Leeds Association of Girls’ Clubs and the Girls’ Clubs Era (1904–1944)

Jones, H., 2014, The Thoresby Society Miscellany, Second Series, 24, p. 87-110 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access
Open Access
way of life
youth work
World War

Activities 2016 2017

  • 2 Oral presentation

Culture and Education: Researching the Impact of Detached Youth Work on a South Yorkshire Roma Community

Helen Jones (Speaker)
5 Sep 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Is Youth Work an Endangered Profession in England?

Helen Jones (Speaker)
10 Jul 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation