Karen Scott-Boyd
EdD TESOL- currently undertaking
PG Dip Restorative Practices
PG Cert Mindfulness Studies
Bachelor Communications & Cultural Studies.

Passionate about social justice, I am interested in research that supports the wellbeing of both teachers and students. For me, education both formal and informal, has been transformational. Whilst travelling to distant lands on P&O ships and visiting exotic places, as a child migrant; the seeds were sown in me for travel, cultural studies, peaceful communications and language.  As a dual national (British & Australian), working in the multi-cultural environments of both the public and private sectors, I developed these interests further.

As an adult, working in the legal and community education fields was a catalyst for making changes in my life so in 2013, I qualified my interests with the completion of a Certificate in Education and Bachelor of Communications & Cultural Studies in Australia. As the final project for my degree, I created an eBook called An Angel In My Purse which raised money to contribute to a micro-finance scheme, so far assisting 4,000 entrepreneurs. Next, I completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Mindfulness & Compassion in Scotland, at the University of Aberdeen then a Post Graduate Diploma in Restorative Justice in Ireland at the University of Ulster. I am currently undertaking an EdD at The University of Exeter.

Alongside my professional and educational journey, I embarked upon a spiritual journey exploring both traditional religions and indigenous traditions. Within religious philosophy and Indigenous lore, I found the common thread of mysticism. Inspired by Buddhist, Hindu and Christian Benedictine meditation along with Australian Indigenous Lore and Celtic Druid Lore, I took the contemplative path. This journey culminated in a spiritual awakening leading to an understanding of inner peace, paradoxically disconnected from any, one, religious or indigenous path yet common to all and rarely discovered by devotees.

In order to understand this more fully, I then turned to science where I discovered more about the ability of the mind and body to access blissful states of being. My current research explores the role of self-compassion in restorative practices for teachers working in places of conflict or teaching students from places of conflict.

‘My greatest joy is seeing people experience wellbeing, succeed in achieving their heart’s desires and live life on their terms.’