Miriam firstly completed a degree and then the Diploma in Social Work at Bangor University in 1998. Since then, Miriam has undertaken a variety of Social Work roles in England and Wales, as a registered Social Worker in Children’s services, working with children and families, as a Children’s social worker, Supervising Social Worker, Senior Practitioner, Complaints Officer, Training and Recruitment Officer and Training and Development Officer. Miriam has undertaken further qualifications in teaching and research and has dedicated much of her time to working in a voluntary capacity, within her local community, working with children, young people and adults. Miriam’s main interests lie in child and adult resilience, systems and other theories, Mental Health and the Law. Miriam has been employed as a Lecturer at Swansea University since 2015.
Miriam is employed by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, and is a bilingual member of staff, whose role it is to enhance the Welsh and bilingual learning opportunities available to students, and to support students who choose to study and be tutored through the medium of Welsh.
Miriam is involved in teaching the Welsh context to BSc and MSc students, as well as professionals undertaking the Assessor Award, and Social Work practitioners who partner with the Social Work Programme across South Wales, and those students studying the Approved Mental Health Professional course. Additionally, Miriam teaches Law to BSc students in their first and second years.
Miriam has designed a Welsh context model for students and practitioners, to aid our knowledge and understanding of how the Welsh context impacts Social Work practice, on a daily basis.
Miriam arranges Welsh language classes specifically designed for students, a Welsh language on-line course and a lunch-time bilingual forum for those that are interested in hearing the language and experiencing a bilingual environment. Miriam promotes bilingual learning within the classroom, and supports students’ in transferring these skills to their work placements, to raise the standards of their practice. Miriam is a member of a number of committees, as part of her role in ensuring Welsh language standards and a bilingual learning environment.
Miriam also leads a team of students and service users, undertaking experiential activities with children and adults at the Urdd Eisteddfod each year.
Miriam supports Welsh speaking students to gain Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol scholarships and bursaries, which promote learning through the medium of Welsh.