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Dr Jill Tidmarsh

Senior Teaching Fellow in Management in the Business School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 45127
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 40595
Room number: QCW H124
Vice Principal of Stephenson College
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 40042
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 40054
Telephone: 45127/40042

Contact Dr Jill Tidmarsh (email at j.w.tidmarsh@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Jill is a Durham University graduate, with a BA Hons in Sociology and Social Policy and a PhD in the field Entrepreneurship and Small Business. Jill’s field of research has since encompassed needs mapping, team working, costs and provision of mental health and social care provision for children and families. She is currently working on interdisciplinary opportunities for undergraduates and postgraduates in education, health, social care and related fields.

Jill’s career began in the arts and newspaper advertising, prior to her starting her own business which she took from enterprise allowance funded naiveté, through a series of bifurcation points, to a VAT registered enterprise within the space of two years. Selling the business in 1992 to pursue a Sociology and Social Policy degree at Durham University, Jill remains an un- evolved product of the protestant work ethic and thinly disguised entrepreneur. 

Winning the Department’s Philip Abram Prize for a dissertation on Local Employment Trading Schemes; “Romantic Reactionaries”, Jill remained with the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Durham University to pursue a PhD. One of the first CASE Studentships from the Economic and Social Research Council, the PhD was co-funded by NatWest Bank. Her ethnography exposed the iterative processes of doing and being self-employment. During this period Jill presented a series of papers on the self-employed condition, examining the liminality and isolation of the newly self-employed sole trader at start up stage.

Jill’s research broadened with a series of qualitative and quantitative social research and evaluation contracts for Durham University in managing and delivering primary and third sector social and health care services. Her research has encompassed provider and service user research methodologies and, for example Delphi studies, unit costs analyses and the management and delivery of research itself through the utilization of primary and third sector providers. 

An abiding interest in ethnographic research methods, stakeholder standpoints, biographies in research and frames has prevailed and Jill has taught undergraduate and Masters level research methods for the School of Applied Social Studies. 

Currently Vice-Principal of Stephenson College, Jill was the founder Senior Tutor at Josephine Butler College. A fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, Jill is also a member of the Durham Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA) group. Jill is currently working on the Laming Series of interdisciplinary events celebrating staff/student/town/gown links at Queen’s campus dedicated to interdisciplinary and inter-professional understandings.

Mini-Biography

Jill is a Durham University graduate, with a BA Hons in Sociology and Social Policy and a PhD in the field Entrepreneurship and Small Business. Jill’s field of research has since encompassed needs mapping, team working, costs and provision of mental health and social care provision for children and families. She is currently working on interdisciplinary opportunities for undergraduates and postgraduates in education, health, social care and related fields. 

Research Groups

Business School

School of Applied Social Sciences

Research Projects

School of Applied Social Sciences

  • Sure Start in County Durham

Research Interests

  • Enterprise and Entrepreneuring
  • Women in Business
  • Child and Adult Mental Health Services need and services evaluation
  • National Minimum Wage and disability

Publications

Journal papers: academic

  • Tidmarsh, J., Carpenter, J. & Slade, J. (2003). Practitioners as gatekeepers and researchers: assessing the outcomes of the family support services. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 23.
  • Schneider, J. & Dutton, J. (2002). Attitudes Towards Disabled Staff and the Effect of the National Minimum Wage: A Delphi survey of employers and disability employment advisors. Disability and Society 17(3).

Conference papers

  • Tidmarsh, J. W. (1998), Home from work or working from home?, Women in the Community Conference. University of York.
  • Tidmarsh, J. W. (1998), Me, the microscope and Woman’s Hour, 21st International Small Business Association Conference. Durham University.
  • Tidmarsh, J. W. (1997), Multiple Realities in Self Employment, Time and Value Conference. Lancaster University.
  • Tidmarsh, J. W. & Southern, A. (1997), Out of sight, out of mind, Foresight Research. Durham University Business School.

Other publications: research

  • Tidmarsh, J. & Schneider, J. (2005). Costs of typical Sure Start services. in 2005 edition of Curtis, L. and Netten, A. Unit Costs of Health and Social Care, Kent, Personal Social Services Research Unit
  • Tidmarsh, J. & Schneider, J. (2004). Costs of Family Support Services. in Curtis, L and Netten, A. Unit Costs of Health and Social Care, Kent, Personal Social Services Research Unit
  • Robinson, F., Shaw, K., Dutton, J., Grainger, P., Hopwood, B & Williams, S. (2000). Who Runs the North-East Now? A Review and Assessment of Governance in North East England. Financed by the Milfield House Foundation, Newcastle. Published by the Universities of Durham and Northumbria.
  • Dutton, J. (1998). What Women Are We Talking About? Women's Studies Network (UK) Association Newsletter
  • Dutton, J (1997). Sassower's "Cultural Collisions". Social Epistemology 11(1).