People

Olivia Taylor

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Profile

I am a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the School of Criminology where I am currently undertaking my PhD studies on a part-time basis. I have been at the School since 2014 where I achieved my undergraduate degree (first class honours) in 2017. I then continued my studies on the Criminology in Practice MSc where I was awarded a Distinction alongside the Herschel Prins Prizes and Prizes for Best Dissertation Best Student in Criminology and Best Student in Criminology in Practice MSc. During this time I also accrued over 1000 hours volunteering with Nightline - a telephone listening service aimed at preventing student suicide.

Research

I was commissioned by the Centre for Hate Studies to co-produce a report into how the University can improve its EDI practices. Funded by the ESRC I have been RA for the Let's Talk About Sexual Violence art exhibition from 2019-2021 where I led the project evaluations and helped implement toured exhibitions facilitate its transition to a virtual exhibition and liaised with gender-based violence charities for collaboration opportunities. My current PhD research combines criminology with media & communication studies to investigate anti-trans sentiment on Twitter. The research will examine the nature of anti-trans accounts and how they make use of Twitter as a platform and the discourses used to express anti-trans views. The research will highlight the varied manifestations of online transphobia and provide insights into how this can be combatted by social media platforms.

Teaching

CR2003 Sex & Violence (Year 2 module) CR3019 Criminal Justice and Mental Disorder (Year 3 module)
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