Olivia Garvey

Olivia Garvey, Development Officer 
Email: o.garvey@leeds.ac.uk
Tel: 0113 343 4635 

Olivia Garvey

My role

In partnership with community organisations and colleges, I develop and deliver activities for adults from under-represented groups to explore their education options.

Through taster sessions and outreach visits, we provide information and opportunities for adults to try university and begin to see it as a realistic option.

I lead the medium-term work of the Communities and Partnerships (C&P) team, coordinating a programme of visits and study support sessions, subject tasters and an annual summer school for adults studying at Level 2 and 3 in college/community education. We work in partnership with a wide range of statutory and voluntary sector organisations and continually seek ways to add value to our partners’ multidisciplinary work and support educational progression for excluded groups.

I have been involved with research on refugee education and opportunities and the intergenerational benefits of adult learning, and have co-authored papers on creative pedagogies with marginalised groups and sustaining adult outreach in times of austerity.

Qualifications and memberships

  • MA Development Studies BA English Literature and Theatre Studies
  • Member of the Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults (SCUTREA) 
  • Member of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL)

Research interests

Class and structural inequality, transformative learning, community development, creativity for learning, anti-oppressive pedagogy, theatre in the classroom, equality and diversity, widening participation to higher education, mature students.

Student education

I contribute to teaching on the LLC’s pre-entry ‘JumpStart’ taster course, Preparation for Higher Education part-time foundation year and Year 1 of the Professional Studies BA and Learning and Teaching and Learning and Teaching (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Foundation Degrees.

My specialist areas are:

  • Performance techniques for confident communication and public speaking 
  • Belonging and group building