Ellie Terry –  CVs

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I am a creative and outgoing part time PhD student who loves conversation, discussion and debate. I am currently working to build a career in academic and university teaching and am looking for teaching opportunities in Women’s and Gender Studies, Sociology, Politics, History, Media and Cultural Studies and Skills development. I am passionate about social change and education and want to pursue roles which will give me the opportunity to use my academic skills and knowledge to help others learn and develop

Thesis – Sexy Girls: Investigating Hypersexualisation and Raunch Culture

Raunch Culture is a phenomenon that has gained much interest and publicity within the academy and beyond in recent years. Scholars, journalists, politicians and even celebrities have been commenting on a perceived change in the way in which the sexuality of women and girls in particular are understood and portrayed in our society.Thesis: Sexy Girls: Investigating Hypersexualisation and Raunch Culture

My research aims to investigate this phenomenon and the associated process of ‘hypersexualisation’ from a feminist standpoint that recognises the intrinsic academic and social value of the voices and experiences of women, myself included.

My research will draw from a range of methodologies and practices including discourse analysis of interviews and focus groups, surveys, semiotic analysis of media texts and reflexive auto-ethnography examining my own understanding and experiences of my subject matter and the process of PhD research. These techniques will combine to develop a new framework which asks if Raunch Culture can be understood as an ideological force and what this means for the future of women’s sexual freedom and expression.

  • How do women understand hypersexualisation and Raunch culture? – In what terms?
  • How can their views and observations help us to better conceptualise hypersexualisation and Raunch Culture?
  • What can we learn about Raunch Culture from women’s observations?
  • Can we draw conclusions about the threat posed to or opportunities it offers for women’s social and cultural emancipation?
  • What can textural analysis of ‘artefacts of raunch’ (i.e. music video) add to the discussion/ how can it help us to better understand the phenomenon?

  • Women’s Studies
  • Hypersexualisation, Sexuality, Raunch Culture
  • Media and Cultural Representations of Women
  • Auto-ethnography
  • Feminist Activism
  • Mental Health in the Academy
  • Political/Social History
  • Political Theory
  • Feminist Theory
  • Epistemology
  • Pedagogy
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Gender & Technology
  • Cultural/Media Studies
  • Activism

PhD Women’s Studies – University of York
October 2011- March 2019 (Part Time)
Thesis: ‘Sexy Girls: Investigating Hypersexualisation and Raunch Culture’

MA Political Theory (merit) – University of Leeds
September 2010 – June 2011
Dissertation: Post-Feminism

BA Philosophy & Politics (2:1) – University of Leeds
September 2007- June 2010
Dissertation: ‘Private Acts in the Public Sphere’ Feminism and the Threat of Raunch Culture

Post Graduate Tutor – ‘Introduction to Sociological Theory’
Autumn Term 2017
Sociology Department, University of York

Post Graduate Tutor – ‘Citizens, Comrades and Consumers’
Spring and Summer Terms 2017
History Department, University of York

Post Graduate Tutor – ‘Sexuality, Technology & Culture’
Autumn Term 2016
Centre for Women’s Studies, University of York

2017 – Awarded Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy for completion of York Learning and Teaching Award (YLTA) 

Realising Opportunities Tutor
June – October 2016
University of York
A tutor on the Realising Opportunities Program which works to increase university participation from college students from under-privileged backgrounds.

Next Step Tutor
June – July 2016
University of York
A tutor on the Next Step Program which works to increase university participation from college students from under-privileged backgrounds.

Post Graduates Who Teach Training Course
November 2013
University of York
I completed the York Post Graduates who teach residential

Philosophy Proctoring
September – June 2010
University of Leeds
Facilitating philosophical discussion and debate in a seminar environment for first year philosophy students

  • 09/02/2017 – Sisterhood in Action, Supporting Each Other’s Research
    • University of York, UK
    • Discussing the need for, and challenges of setting up a new inclusive feminist organisation in York
      Chair – Panel 3 – Embracing Complexities: Interviewer Participant Relationships
  • 08/02/2017 – CWS Feminist Teaching Workshop
    • University of York, UK
    • Speaking on feminist teaching
  • 22/03/2017 – York Learning and Teaching Symposium
    • University of York, UK
    • Paper: Feminist Pedagogy
  • 26-27/07/2016 – Lets Talk About Sex, History of Sex ECR Workshop
    • University of Exeter, UK
    • Paper – A Recipe for Raunch: Challeneges in Researching Hypersexualisation – Ellie Terry
  • 07/05/2016 – Feminism, Activism, Imagination and Social Change
    • University of York, UK
    • Paper – Rebel Girl, Activism, Identity and Me (Powerpoint) – Ellie Terry
    • Chair – Panel 5 – Working from Within

October 2017 – Associate Fellow Higher Education Academy
June 2016 – Next Step and Realising Opportunities Tutor Training
October 2016 – Introduction to Teaching and Learning
2016/17 – Yorkshire Learning and Teaching Award
December 2015 – NCFE Level 2 Equality & Diversity
January 2015 – All in one PhD Training
September 2013 – Post-Graduates Who Teach Residential

Oct 2017 – Present – Team Secretary, Lime Trees NHS CAMHS Unit, York

Autumn Term 2017 – Sociology Seminar Teacher, University of York

Jan 2017- Feb 2017 – DHLE Caller – University of York

Spring/Summer Term 2017 – History Seminar Teacher – University of York

Autumn Term 2016 – Women’s Studies Seminar Teacher – University of York

June 2016- Oct 2016 – Realising Opportunities Tutor – University of York

June 2016 – July 2016 – Next Step Tutor – University of York

Dec 2014 – Sept 2016 – Project Assistant – Lloyds Banking Group

Jan 2014 – Dec 2014 – HR Assistant – Lloyds Banking Group

Sept 2007 – Dec 2014 – Customer Service Agent – Lloyds Banking Group

July 2007 – Sept 2007 – PA to Director – Leeds NHS

Feb 2007 – July 2007 – Administrator – Towergate Risk Solutions

Jan 2007 – Feb 2007 – Administrator – Big Lottery Fund

Sept 2006 – Jan 2007 – Operations Assistant – AC Nielsen

June 2003 – Sept 2005 – Receptionist – Makro



  • Organiser at Leeds Feminist Network
  • Organising Reclaim the Night events
  • Organiser and activist in various local and political organisations

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