Currently studying inequalities in early years practice as a Postgraduate Researcher at the University of the West of Scotland, Shaddai received an MSc with Merit in Social Science Research Methods (Sociology) from the University of Bristol. His undergraduate degree is a First Class BA (Hons) Education: Early Years from Bath Spa University.
Shaddai is passionate about addressing inequalities and believes it is essential to address these issues from birth. You can read his learning story, as part of his Learning Ambassador role for Bristol Learning Cities, in full here.
He has worked on the Leadership team for the Bristol Men in Early Years (BMIEY) Network for over three years. Responsibilities included facilitating regular Continuous Professional Development (CPD) meetings, promoting the network through social and traditional media, such as internet articles, blog posts, website updates and podcasts.
A key element of his role involved networking with others both in the UK and further afield in Europe with a view towards creating a cohesive voice around tackling the gender imbalance in the early years and gender inequality as a whole.
Shaddai’s experience working in the early years is varied, most recently he was part of the Family Support team within a Children’s Centre in central Bristol. He has worked as an Early Years Practitioner in a range of PVI nurseries.
During his time studying at the University of Bristol Shaddai was a Community Liaison Ambassador, you can read more about this here,
In October 2018, Shaddai featured on the BME Power List 2018, showcasing Bristol’s 100 most influential black and minority ethnic people. You can see the full list here.
Shaddai is also part of the Steering Group for the ESRC funded study ‘Gender Diversification in Early Years Education’. The group acts as a forum for overseeing the progress of the project, is a space to reflect on how far the project is it’s aims, and will support plan the training and dissemination phase of the project. You can find full details of the project here.
In December 2018, Shaddai was co-opted as a Trustee for Early Education, a national charity supporting early years practitioners with training, resources and professional networks, and campaigning for quality education for the youngest children.
On a personal note, Shaddai was once a child himself. He now lives in Glasgow with his partner, Martha, and likes to handstand whenever possible.