Research & Professional

Julie is a researcher, writer and tutor with a keen interest in the culture of  higher education and a keen interest in social history. She currently works as an independent publisher (trading as Gotthavebooks), an author (social history) and consultant in public & community engagement with research & teaching (research, evaluation, facilitation & training).

Julie project managed the 2017 Cambridge History Festival, and is now available for talks on the history of Heffers of Cambridge, based on her book, ‘This book is about Heffers’ (see below) and on her experience of doing social history and of setting up and managing a micro-publishing business.

Julie can be contacted by email –

See below for more details of Julie’s research, publications and professional experience.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


‘The academy & community: seeking authentic voices inside higher education’ PhD (no corrections), University of East Anglia, (2016)

The research explores ‘community’ as perceived and experienced by academics associated with one higher education institution. Focusing on the meaning and experience of community, the research reveals living academic identities wrought by the concrete reality of experiencing community in its various forms. ‘Authentic voices’ in this context means voices that are firmly rooted in day-to-day lived experience and not abstract or institutionalised. The imperative for the research lies in the quest to break free from the constraints of the calculative thinking that pervades higher education. The dominant tone of the literature on academic community is disconsolate but not despairing. The dominant language is that of professional practice and values. The empirical dimensions of the research comprises a series of extended conversations and focus groups with twelve academics and a heuristic analysis, channelled through five themes, seeking the individual’s idea and experience of community and its orientation to their status, their academic practice and their institution and environment. The original contribution to knowledge is the revelation of the significance of value and values in the meaning and experience of community and how these may be applied in a theoretical and practical context when constructing and understanding community both as a concept, and as lived experience. Value and values are brought together in a suggested new model (called the ‘infinity model’), a relational construct that signifies the formation and experience of community through a continual or infinite dynamic between ‘value and validity’ (centred on status and institution), and ‘values and virtue’ (centred on practice and elements of community), realised through the nexus of individual or collective agency. The new model has research and agentic potential as a framework for both investigating and realising the social relations of the intellectual field.

‘Random Strangers: an insight into the service user’s experience of the St Martins Housing Trust Temporary Accommodation Project (2003)

Qualitative research involving semi-structured interviews and focus groups with homeless people in Norwich.  Research findings used by Norwich City Council as evidence to support a successful case for the permanent funding of the Temporary Accommodation Project for single homeless people in 2003

Postgraduate Diploma Management Studies (Distinction)

Housing problems experienced by elderly owner occupiers: with a particular focus upon Sheffield (1985)

Qualitative research involving demographic analysis, & unstructured interviews with elderly residents in the city of Sheffield

Postgraduate Diploma in Housing Administration

Ethnography of a Psychiatric Day Clinic (1983)

Qualitative research involving a six week placement observing the multi-disciplinary team, participant observation with daily recordings, a desktop survey of the domiciliary visit records, a semi-structured interview with all staff members & a questionnaire

BA (Hons) II-I, Social Administration, University of Wales, Bangor


‘This book is about Heffers’ (2016): an illustrated social history of Heffers of Cambridge. Available on Amazon Marketplace and via Gottahavebooks. Can also be ordered from any bookshop and is stocked by Heffers of Cambridge, the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Museum of Cambridge and Topping of Ely.

In September 2017, Julie was presented with a Local History Personal Award by the Cambridgeshire Association for Local History, for the Heffers publication.

To-date, Julie has given talks on her Heffers research and history to the Chesterton History Society, the Museum of Cambridge, University College London, the Sawston Village History Society, the Gransdens Society and the Cambridge Prostate Cancer Support Group.

Guest blog post for Bookmachine on the topic, Nominate your most characterful bookseller or customer, December 2016

Guest blog post for the Society for Research into Higher Education, November 2014

Guest blog post for the Society for Research into Higher Education, March 2014 –

Guest blog post and workshop for ‘Engaging Research’, the Open University’s RCUK Catalyst Programme, November 2013 –

Contributing author, Bowater, L & Yeoman, K (2012), ‘Science Communication: a practical guide for scientists’, Wiley-Blackwell

CUE East article on ‘Why connect?’ in ARVAC Bulletin (Association for Research in the Voluntary & Community Sector) 112, June 2010

CUE East publications –

CUE East Scrapbook 2008 – 2012

CUE East Case Study Publication – Evaluate, Reflect & Learn

CUE East Case Study Publication – Public Engagement with Research at the University of East Anglia

CUE East Case Study Publication – Public Engagement with Teaching at the University of East Anglia

CUE East Case Study Publication – Public Engagement Continuing Professional Development Programme

CUE East Newsletter Spring/Summer 2011, containing, ‘CUE East and the University of East Anglia: a story of change’


Staff training on engagement and evaluation for the University of East Anglia’s Centre for Staff & Educational Development: sessions commissioned for 2016/17 and 2017/18.

Poster‘Collaboration & Convergence for building a new PPI Community at CLAHRC East of England’, National Institute for Health Research, Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research & Care, East of England, INVOLVE Conference, November 2014

Workshop and guest blog for Engaging Research, the Open University’s RCUK Catalyst Programme, November 2013 –

Book discussant – Rolfe, G (2012) The University in Dissent: scholarship in the corporate university’, SRHE, at School of Education & Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia, 25th June 2013

Invited speaker – Fulbright Visiting Scholar Programme, ‘Community Participation in Research: from paradigms to practice’, University of East Anglia, 6th May – 14th June 2013: Workshop Four convenor & speaker, ‘The role of universities in encouraging community participation in research’, presentation, ‘How do you define, build and nurture a ‘research community’?’ 29th May 2013

Poster – Society for Research into Higher Education Newer Researchers and Annual Conference 2012 – poster presentation on doctoral research

Keynote – ‘Community research collaboration with academics – are they really hard to reach?’, Association for Research in the Voluntary & Community Sector AGM Conference, November 2011,


Facilitator – PPI in Research Oversight Committee, Cambridge University Health Partnership, ‘Evaluating PPI across the CUHP: Why and How’, 14th March 2016

Facilitator & Evaluator – Master Classes on Patient & Public Involvement in Research for CLARHC EoE, July 2015.

Commissioned workshops – ‘An Introduction to Engagement & Evaluation’ (sessions for the Centre for Staff & Educational Development, University of East Anglia) and an additional all day workshop on ‘A step-by-step guide to evaluating your engagement activity’, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17. Further workshops commissioned for 2017/18.

Contribution to UEA Social Science Faculty Graduate School Programme – ‘An Introduction to Public & Community Engagement’, 2014/15

Invited speakerRCUK Catalyst Programme National Gathering, Queen Mary University of London, 5th Sept 2013

Invited speaker – SRHE Postgraduate Issue seminar, ‘Public Engagement – what’s in it for PGRs and HEIs? 19th June 2013

Invited speaker – Beacons Workshop, Engage 2013 Conference, November 2013

Invited speaker – RCUK workshop, ‘Supporting public engagement as a Pathway to Impact’, Vitae International Conference, 5th & 6th September 2011

Invited speaker – Reward & Recognition Workshop, ‘Where ‘Community’ and ‘Public’ Meet – Embedding the Community Engagement Agenda’, University of Nottingham, 16th March 2011

Keynote‘Volunteering as a part of public & community engagement’ at the Volunteering for Employability Conference; a continuum of opportunity – helping students volunteer for employability’, 23rd March 2011, University of Hertfordshire & University of Bedfordshire

Invited speaker – Beacons Workshop, Engage 2010 Conference, 7th December 2010

Invited speaker‘What we mean by public engagement & why it matters’, Vitae EE Hub and CUE East: Eastern Region colloquium on Public Engagement with research, University of Cambridge, 29th November 2010

Invited speaker, ‘Public Engagement, themes, challenges & solutions’, Centre of East Anglian Studies, University of East Anglia, 15th September 2010

Invited speaker – Beacons Workshop, Community University Partnership Programme Conference, University of Brighton, April 2008

Invited speaker – Beacons Workshop, British Science Association Communication Conference, June 2009

Invited speakerMeasuring academic attitudes towards public and community engagement and the factors affecting involvement’, joint presentation on baseline research with Lisa McDaid at Association of Universities East of England CE Seminar on Measuring academic attitudes towards public and community engagement and the factors affecting involvement, 4th March 09


Stand-up comedy routineBright Club Norwich, June 2011

‘Random Strangers’ research used by Norwich City Council to support a successful case for the permanent funding of the Temporary Accommodation Project (2003)


National Institute for Health Research – Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research & Care, East of England, (Professor Fiona Poland, School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia) (Research Fellow), Jan 2014 – March 2016

Arts & Humanities Research Council – Preserving Place: a cultural mapping exercise (Dr Karen Smythe) (research team), 30th June 2014 to 30th June 2015

Arts & Humanities Research Council – UEA Research for Community Heritage Ideas Bank: realising your idea (Dr Sarah Spooner), 1st Feb 2013 – 31st Jan 2014 (project management and research team)

Arts & Humanities Research Council – UEA Research for Community Heritage Ideas Bank: starting with your idea (Dr Sarah Spooner), 1st Feb – 30th November 2012 (project management and research team)

Beacon for Public Engagement (Julie E Bounford & Professor Keith Roberts), Jan 2008 – July 2012, Higher Education Funding Councils, Research Councils UK & the Wellcome Trust


Member of the Nottingham RCUK Catalyst Programme Advisory Board, 2012 – 2015

Member of the RSA Norwich Education Forum convened by Professor John Elliott

Member of ARVAC, the Association for Research in the Voluntary & Community Sector


Project Manager, 2017 Cambridge History Festival, Museum of Cambridge (Dec 2016 – March 2017)

University of East Anglia & affiliated organisations – 2005 to 2016

Research Fellow in Patient & Public Involvement in Research, East of England CLAHRC (Jan 2014 – March 2016)

Research Fellow, School of Literature, Drama & Creative Writing (June 2014 – June 2015)

Community University Engagement Manager (July 2012 – July 2014)

Project Director, Community University Engagement East, a national Beacon for Public Engagement (Jan 2008 – June 2012)

Public & Community Sector Liaison Manager (Feb 2005 – Dec 2007)

Voluntary & Community Sector – 2000 to 2005

Chief Executive Officer, Victim Support Norfolk

Head of Administration, St Martins Housing Trust, Norwich

Sessional Lecturer, City College Norwich, Level 4 Voluntary Sector Management Diploma

Social Policy (Norwich City Council) – 1998 to 2000

Partnerships & Development Manager, Social Policy

Acting Equality & Service Development Manager

Service Development Officer with special responsibility for ethnic minorities

Housing (Norwich City Council) – 1985 to 1998

Housing Policy Officer

Senior Housing Adviser

Housing Management Officer

Homeless Persons Officer


Trustee of ARVAC, the Association for Research in the Voluntary & Community Sector (2008 to 2014)

Invigilator, North Walsham High School, Norfolk (2006 to 2009)

Trustee of NORCAS substance misuse charity (2002 to 2009)

Norwich Samaritans Volunteer (1990-1992)

Leeway, Norwich Women’s Refuge, Management Committee Member (1989-1992)

Suffolk Mental Health Association Volunteer & Cambridge Vegetarian Society (1985-1987)

Miners’ Strike Support Group and Labour Housing Group (Sheffield, 1984-85)

Cambridge Women’s Aid Refuge Support Group Worker (full time volunteer, second gap year, 1983-84)

College Nightline Volunteer and Student Union Education & Welfare Volunteer (1980-83)

Traveller in North America (first gap year, 1979-1980)

Cambridge Phab Volunteer, 1974-1979



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