Sue Brooks

Susan Brooks


Teaching Fellow in Integrated Care
MSc Advanced Clinical Practice, BSc(Hons) Psychology with Nursing Studies, Registered Nurse, Independent and Supplementary Prescriber, PG Certificate in Education.
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Biography

University roles and responsibilities

  • Programme Leader for MSc Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Programme Leader for PGCert Advanced Practice (Primary and Community Care)
  • Programme Leader for PGCert Advanced Practice (Public Health Practice)

Research

Research interests

My teaching

My publications

Publications

Brooks Susan, Hopkins Sam, Pearson Kay (2015) The mentoring pipeline: institutional perspectives on mentoring as a development tool, Vitae Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) Limited
Paper based on workshop 'C5: The mentoring pipeline: institutional perspectives on mentoring as a development tool' presented at the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference, 8-9 September 2015, Manchester, UK
This study explores three stages of migration of Czech and Slovak women who migrated to Britain between 1989 and 2004 to first work as au-pairs and later settled in the UK. It investigates their migration journeys through qualitative life-course interviews and examines the gendered nature of their motivations, their experiences of the migration process and their approach to integration, intertwined with their perpetually evolving sense of belonging. Conceptually the study is informed by Boyd and Grieco?s (2003) theoretical framework of temporal analysis of migration stages combined with intersectional insight and the theory of structuration. This theoretical combination acknowledges the interconnection of gender with several other social categories (such as class, nationality and race) that shaped individual migrants? journeys, whilst it was equally able to recognise the impact of macro level forces on women?s choices and their continuous effort to be accepted as a fully recognised member of the host society.
Some of the core concepts that arose from the interviews include the gendered nature of migrant domestic work, particularly in relation to ambiguity surrounding the au-pair scheme that resulted in a significant disparity between migrants? and host families? expectations of what au-pairs should do. The study also found that both the attitudes of migrants towards the home population and their understanding of how they were received by the British population were directly linked to the concept of gender, race and national stereotyping.
The analysis suggests that these women?s motivations were affected by challenges of the post-communist transition period in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It also discovered that migrants? pre-conceived expectations of Britain as mostly white and middle-class society were met with starkly different complex reality of a multicultural and a class divided Britain. The findings show some evidence that the women utilised their gender and race to negotiate their initially unfavourable societal position in order to gradually improve their social capital, whilst the intersection of their nationality and class created specific barriers that hindered their original ambitions to pursue further education in the UK.