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  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

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Eliz McArdle is a Lecturer in community youth work at Ulster University. She is co-ordinator of Year One BSc Community Youth Work and Placement Co-coordinator across all full-time cohorts.Eliz has been with Ulster University since 2014. Previously she worked for 10 years as Team Leader for the Equality Work with Young Women team in YouthAction Northern Ireland (previously the Gender Equality Unit). This involved managing projects and staff working with young women across themes of mental health; political engagement; sexual orientation; young parenting and equality.Prior to this, she worked as Development Officer at Ulster University developing new pre-vocational training for youth workers working in community relations and peace-building in Northern Ireland.Eliz McArdle’s research interests are in feminist youth work; how youth work practice builds mental health; and the role youth work can play in peace-building.She is currently acting as external examiner for a range of youth work programmes at Dundalk Institute of Technology, co. Louth.Civic EngagementEliz is working in partnership with YouthAction NI’s Critical Youth Research Hub on a new initiative entitled ‘Building a bank of writers’, to invest in practitioners wanting to develop skills and writing on youth work and young people.As placement co-ordinator she works closely with approximately 70 youth work organisations, regionally and internationally to develop and sustain high quality placements through strong professional relationships, training opportunities and informal connections.Eliz is a member of the Executive Committee for Lisburn Cathedral Scouts.Special AchievementsEliz is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2016)

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The Alchemy of working with young women

Mc Ardle, E. & Morgan, S., Jun 2018, The SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice. : Professional Work with young people: Projects and practices to inspire. Alldred, P., Cullen, F., Edwards, K. & Fusco, D. (eds.). SAGE Publications, Vol. Part 02. p. 298-313 16 p.

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    A model of Irish-Medium Youth Work

    Mc Ardle, E. & Neill, G., 2016, 21 p. Glór Na Móna.

    Research output: Other contribution

  • Young people and mental health: Policy and Research Review

    Mc Ardle, E. & Schubotz, D., Feb 2014, 8 p. Belfast : Access Research Knowledge.

    Research output: Other contribution

  • Long walk from the door: A history of work with girls and young women in Northern Ireland from 1980

    Mc Ardle, E. & Morgan, S., 2009, Essays in the history of youth and community work: Discovering the past. Gilchrist, R., Jeffs, T., Spence, J. & Walker, J. (eds.). Devon: Russell House Publishing, p. 220-242 22 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Activities

    • 1 Membership of board

    Editorial board member for Critical Voice NI (External organisation)

    Gail Neill (Member), & Elizabeth Mc Ardle (Member)


    Activity: MembershipMembership of board