Herminder Kaur

Herminder Kaur

Participant in 2015
Work history February - March 2015 University Teacher, Loughborough University

I am teaching weekly seminars to second years students studying for Advanced Research Methods.

October 2014- March 2015 University Teacher, Loughborough University

I have taught seminars to second years students studying for Communication, Media and Cultural Theory.

January 2015 Coursework Marker, Loughborough University
I have marked and offered feedback on a large volume of coursework completed by first year undergraduate students for the module Introduction to sociology: identities and inequalities.

October 2014-January 2015 University Teacher, Loughborough University

I have weekly taught second year students for a Research Methods module. This also entailed marking weekly assignments, discussing weekly readings and providing feedback.

January 2014 Coursework Marker, Loughborough University
I have marked and offered feedback on a large volume of coursework completed by first year undergraduate students for the module Introduction to sociology: identities and inequalities.

Dec 2013- Feb 2014 Inputting Data, Loughborough University
I have entered a large amount of data using SPSS for an impartiality review of BBC’s coverage of rural affairs in the UK.

July & September 2013 Open Day, Loughborough University
I was covering the Sociology course, looking after visitors for the Sociology talk, helping on the registration help desk, being a backup tour guide and answering questions from prospective students and their parents.

June 2007-2012 Ample Limited, Leicester
Admin/Receptionist- Responsibilities included being aware of the latest fashion trends, fabric pricing, as well as assisting the sales assistant and using Sage Accounting for invoicing.

March 2008 E2Save.com, Loughborough
Switchboard Operator- The main roles performed included handling incoming calls and manually diverting calls to correct department.
Study history 2012-Present Loughborough University
Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology
Thesis: By using an ethnographic approach I have been investigating the use of the internet made by teenagers with a physical disability in a special needs school, mainstream colleges and in the home. I have attended a number of doctoral workshops and graduate school lectures to develop my research and academic skills.

2011-2012 University of Warwick
MA Social Research
Modules include: Researching society, Sociology and Modernity, Sociology and Post-colonialism, Quantitative methods (SPSS), Qualitative Methods in social research. I have spent a week at Copenhagen University as part of a study trip.

2008-2011 Loughborough University
BSc Sociology First Class Honours
Second and third year modules include: Issues in Political Sociology, Research Methods, Key Thinkers in Sociology, Sociology of Gender, Women and Crime: victims, offenders and survivors, Media panics, Sociology of the Body, Race and Racism in Modern Society, Capitalism and Cultural Change, Political Communication and Sociology Dissertation.

2001-2005 Wreake Valley Community College
A Levels: Sociology (A), Graphics: Product Design (B), Biology (C) AS Level: Chemistry (E)
GCSEs: Media Studies (A*), Humanities (A*), Business Studies (A), Graphics (A), Religious Education (B), English (C), Science (B, B) Maths (C) and German (C)
Key Skills Communication: Level 3 Pass

Phd Projects

2015

The uses of the internet by teenagers with a physical disability

Topic: The prevalence of internet use amongst youngsters has spawned extensive research. It has become apparent in the course of reviewing existing literature that majority of the research is repeatedly focused on providing an understanding of non-disabled youngster’s use of the internet, producing little research on those youngsters with a disability. Having recognised the paucity of research on young people with physical disabilities this study aimed to elicit their online activities and also how their parents and teaching staff construct them as young online users.
Methods: In order to research young people with physical disabilities and their use of the internet, this study identified eleven participants at a special needs school. The participants are aged between fifteen to nineteen years with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, brittle bones, severe ichthyosis, hemiplegia and muscle wasting conditions. By using a strong ethnographic approach that includes observation the researcher undertook the role of a volunteer in the school concerned and used the methods of video diaries, face to face and online interviews to provide rich data.
Findings: Presently this thesis has finished gathering data and I have been able to identify four key themes from the research findings. The first theme reveals the distinct ways in which the participants, their parents and teaching staff define disability and construct a disabled teenager. The findings have revealed internet surveillance to be a second theme which takes place in two forms through physical observations carried out by school staff and virtual surveillance and the ways a small number of students actively engage in testing and resisting surveillance measures in the school. The third theme relates to how these participants manage and form social relationships online and finally the fourth theme relates to their online activities.

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