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Jess Bishop is Assistant Professor in Youth and Community Work and Course Director for BA (Hons) in Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring. Jess has over 25 years’ experience of teaching in formal and informal education settings in Primary and Secondary schools, a variety of Youth Work organisations and Higher Education. She is a Qualified Teacher (QTS), Qualified Youth Worker (JNC) and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) with a passion for growth and strength-based development of the individual. Jess is a Member of Chartered Management Institute (MCMI) and experienced in charity governance and leadership and management in the voluntary and statutory sector. Her current research is around youth work and spirituality; death, dying and loss; and employability resilience during austerity. 

Research Interests

Education ; Voluntary Sector ; Rural Youth Work ; Youth Volunteering ; Leadership and Management ; Inter-professional Working ; Young People’s Spirituality ; Youth Work, Community Work and Play Work; Death and Loss.

Education/Academic qualification

Education, Warwickshire College Group


Leadership and Management, Postgraduate Certificate

Education, Postgraduate Certificate, Coventry University


Education/Youth and Community Work, MA, University of Birmingham


Youth and Community Work, Postgraduate Diploma, University of Birmingham


Education, Degree, University College of Ripon and York St John

Sep 1997Jul 2001

Education, Doctorate, Coventry University


External positions

External Examiner, Canterbury Christ Church University

2018 → …

Vice Chair and Trustee, Young People First


External Examiner, Staffordshire University

1 Oct 201330 Sep 2018

External Examiner, University of Gloucestershire

1 Oct 201330 Sep 2017

Trustee, Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs

1 Jan 20122018

Trustee, Rural Youth Network

1 Apr 20102012

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Research Output

Youth Work about death and dying

Bishop, J., 2015, Youth work and Faith: Debates, delights and dilemmas. . Smith, M. K., Stanton, N. & Wylie, T. (eds.). Dorset: Russell House Publishing

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Researching Spirituality with Youth Workers: My journey so far...

Bishop, J., 3 Mar 2013.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster


Chartered Management Institute (External organisation)

Jess Bishop (Member)
2017 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of network

Coventry Diocese Spiritual Directors training

Jess Bishop (Speaker)
5 Jan 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Higher Education Academy (HEA) (External organisation)

Jess Bishop (Member)
2014 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of network

Children and Young People’s Spirituality

Jess Bishop (Speaker)
Jan 2014

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Practicing Social and Youth Work in an Uncertain World

Jess Bishop (Participant)
5 May 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course