Meet the Team

Kim Edwards Keates

Hello, I am a sessional tutor at Liverpool John Moores University where I teach on the English and Mass Communications degree programmes. I am Research Assistant on the Blogging Beyond the Classroom project, currently working with recent ‘Writing Lives’ English graduates to consider their various learning experiences as student bloggers, and beyond. I am also collating a bibliography of teaching and learning resources that focus on student blogging and the use of social media to enhance learning experiences. We would be delighted to hear from any teachers or students who use social media as part of their teaching and learning, or hear any suggestions of useful pedagogical links or resources. Please do feel free to contact me at:

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Helen Rogers

Hello I teach English and Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University. Blogging Beyond the Classroom comes out of two modules I teach where students research and share their blogs online. Writing Lives students write about working-class autobiographers at Prison Voices students blog about narratives of crime and punishment at I am learning about blogging with my students and enjoy exploring what can be done in this creative medium at my own blog on stories from a nineteenth-century prison My work with students builds on my experience of setting up a multi-author blog in 2010 - The Journal of Victorian Culture Online - as an interactive supplement to the academic Journal of Victorian Culture where I am one of the editors I hold a Teaching Development Grant from the Higher Education Academy to support the Blogging Beyond the Classroom project. You can follow me on twitter @HelenRogers19c and email me @

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Emily Bowles

I’m a PhD student at the University of York studying changing representations of Charles Dickens from 1857-1939, looking at biographies, fiction and other media. By night (and on weekends) I was an inbound marketer for a social media agency, researching, blogging, tweeting, and am currently thinking through ways to bring social media to education.

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Elliot McGaffney

I am a third year undergraduate studying for a B.A in English at John Moores University, Liverpool. I was only introduced to blogging recently as part of two modules I undertook during my second year. I helped to contribute to the Prison Voices website both as an author and on the design of the site. Having never worked with any CMS or even on a site before I set about learning how to manipulate the themes and CSS to create something matching the desired aesthetic of the site as well as fitting well with the topic. Following on from that work I was asked to help with the setup and design of this website as well as writing a guide to different blogging platforms and CMS systems. My guide will have simple step by step instructions on how to launch your own website on a domain you own, as well as information on different hosting and DNS providers. Feel free to contact me at

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I am a third year student at Liverpool John Moores University, studying English. My interest in blogging was inspired through the Prison Voices module, available to second year students. I hope to continue blogging and support others in finding their own online voice! If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to contact me at

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Bethany Holligan

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Laura Mair

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I am a 21 year old student of English currently studying at Liverpool John Moores University. Having studied Prison Voices in my second year I will now be taking on the role of a mentor for the next year.

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Jade O'Leary

I am a third year student at Liverpool John Moores University studying English and Creative Writing. I am a mentor working with current “Prison Voices” students, after having studied the module last year and contributed blog posts to our website I now also study under the “Writing Lives” module.

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Kim Athawes

I am third year student at LJMU studying an undergraduate degree in Drama and English. My first experience of blogging was in my second year of University on a module called Prison Voices. This opened up a completely new platform for me to share my work and develop my blogging skills. Speaking about my experience at the Teaching and Learning Conference in June 2014, I was amazed at the reception we received for the work on our blogs and I really believe that the sharing of academic work in this way will really take off in the future.

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