In addition to her role as Director of DTA Social Policy, Cheryl is Senior lecturer in Criminology at the University of South Wales.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
There are so many aspects of my job that I enjoy and find rewarding. In the classroom it is great when students are as passionate about the subjects they are learning as I am teaching them and it is great to be able to inspire students to achieve their potential. Seeing our students graduate and go on to new careers or postgraduate studies is hugely rewarding. I also find being able to conduct research in areas that I find fascinating is also enjoyable and now as my first book has just been published, seeing the end product of several years of hard work come to fruition is so rewarding.
And the most challenging?
Managing my time and balancing my workload – there is always too much to do in too little time.
What would you be doing if you hadn’t decided to follow this career path?
Before doing my PhD I worked for a FTSE 100 financial services company and so had I not taken the plunge to leave to do the PhD, I imagine I would probably still be there in some guise.
How do you relax when you’re not at work?
I love catching up with friends and family, eating out and relaxing in a warm bath with a good book, a G&T and candles.
What’s your favourite blog?
I don’t really have a favourite blog I just dip in and out of a few. That having been said I regularly dip into the blogging criminologist and defrosting cold cases, an American blog highlighting unsolved crimes, both provide me with inspiration.
Given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
I wouldn’t want to be anyone else but me.