Dr Alethea Melling, MBE
Dr Alethea Melling, MBE heads one of the largest university based volunteering programmes in the UK and has developed approaches to ‘service learning’ through volunteering and community action at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as a portfolio of continuous professional development (CPD) programmes.
Alethea led the development of the UCLan Community Leadership programme providing opportunities for professional development from level three to post graduate. Alethea has delivered peer led community projects across Lancashire and Cumbria, including an ESF programme to develop employability skills with 1,000 unemployed young people. Alethea undertakes regular work in Pakistan and is a visiting Professor to the University of Gujrat. She also acts as a consultant to the Russian Government, supporting the development of a youth strategy, and providing the blue print for the Sochi 2014 student led volunteer programme.
In January 2007, Alethea was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her work in developing volunteering and community action at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
Alethea has spent over 30 years working with young people in various contexts. She is responsible for the development and delivery of major volunteering and community action projects across Lancashire, Cumbria and internationally. She has also worked on volunteering and community action projects that have been recognised at Governmental level as examples of good practice.
She has acted as advisor to HM Treasury Russell Commission on youth volunteering and presented at national and international conferences on youth volunteering and youth leadership.
Alethea has also worked as advisor to the Russian Federation Ministry for Education and Science in the development of an inclusive youth strategy for Russia and was appointed as a consultant to the organising committee of the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014. She was also a member of the Civil G8 2006 Non-Governmental organisation Forum, focusing on youth and inclusion.
Alethea is working with the University of Gujrat, Pakistan, to set up a Centre for Civil Society and a youth volunteering programme within schools in Gujrat, Pakistan. She is currently working with the British Council in Kathmandu, Nepal to develop a sports leadership programme for young people as part of the Global Youth Leaders initiative.
Alethea is also helping to co-ordinate and train volunteers from universities across the North West of England, for the Oceania Sports Volunteering Programme. She also has considerable experience of developing peer leadership programmes with young people who are homeless and who are care leavers.
Her academic interests focus on sport’s leadership, gender and community cohesion, with a particular interest in women’s football 1916 – 1926.
Alethea is now working with Moscow City Government on their volunteering and social action programme in preparation for FIFA 2018 World Cup. She is the author of a wide range of papers and producer of short films and documentaries exploring community from a historical and contemporary perspective Alethea studied leadership at Harvard University Kennedy Business School through their Leadership Programme for Women. Alethea has a PhD in Community History and in 2007 was honoured for Services to Education.
2018: Paulo Freire and Transformative Education: Changing Lives and Transforming Communities, Melling, A. and Pilkington, R. (eds) Palgrave Macmillan, London.
Melling, A., and Chandia, M. Community Leadership, Palgrave Macmillan, London.
2015 Alethea Melling and Wajid Khan, Pakistan in Praxis, in T. Besley and M. Peters (2015) Paulo Freire: the Global Legacy, Peter Lang, New York.
2015 Alethea Melling and Yasmeen Ali Travellers in Time: the development of a critical pedagogy for Roma Gypsy Travellers, in T. Besley and M. Peters (2015) Paulo Freire: the Global Legacy, Peter Lang, New York.
2013 Ridwanah Gurjee and Alethea Melling, ‘Researching the Impact of Student Mentoring in the Community’ International Journal of Social Work and Human Services Practice, Horizon Research Publishing Vol.1. No.1 September, 2013, pp. 1-8
2012 Alethea Melling and Wajid Khan, ‘Crossing the Road’: The value of inclusive pedagogical practice for South Asian Women in Burnley, East Lancashire, Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, Volume 14, Number 3, Winter 2012/13
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
- Member of the Social Impact Analysts Association
- Member of the International Mentoring Association
External Affiliations and Roles
• Member of the Editorial Board for Soccer and Society (Frank Cass) 2000 – 2003
• Russell commission into Youth Volunteering 2004
• HM Treasury Forum on Youth Volunteering 2004
• Russian Ministry for Education and Science Youth Strategy 2005
• Civil G8 Round Table on Inclusion and Cohesion, Moscow, 2006
• Cabinet Office Consultation on Integration and Cohesion: ‘Our Shared Future’, 2007
• Public Chamber of the Russian Federation Report into Civil Society, 2007/2008
• Burnley Borough Council developing an Institute for Social Cohesion in Burnley 2007 on going
• The Development of the Centre for Civil Society, University of Gujrat, Pakistan
• RUSI Homeland Security and Resilience: Community Action and Disaster Management, 2008
• Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, Emergency Response Conference, 11.12. 2008. Whitehall. Chair.
• Governor, Marsden Heights Community College, Nelson, Lancashire, 2008.
• CXL Lancashire Ltd, Community Leadership
• Russian Government Sochi Organising Committee, Consultant, 2010 – 2014
• 2012 North West Group HE Representative
• RUSI Homeland Security and Resilience: Far Right Politics and Community Cohesion, 2013
• Visiting Professor the University of Gujrat Pakistan 2008 on going.
- Working with the Freire Institute to develop dialogue around community pedagogy nationally and internationally.
- The Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership
2014- Paulo Freire and Transformative Education: Changing Lives and
Transforming Communities (with Dr. Ruth Pilkington)
28th April 2014 – 1st May 2014
An International four day Conference at Preston, UK
2013- International youth Peer Education conference with Russia, Pakistan, Turkey and the USA, University of Central Lancashire
2012- Alethea Melling and Yasmeen Ali, Travellers in Time: the development of a critical pedagogy for Roma Gypsy Travellers, Paulo Freire: the Global Legacy Conference, Waikato University, NZ, Nov 2012
2012- Alethea Melling and Wajid Khan, Pakistan in Praxis, Paulo Freire: the Global Legacy Conference, Waikato University, NZ, Nov 2012
2012- Youth Leadership and Peer Education, University of Gujrat, Pakistan
2011- Volunteering Summit, Sochi, Russia, with the SOCHI 2014 OCOG
2011- ‘Youth Lead Youth’, Global Youth Leadership Conference, Nelson, Lancashire
2009- ‘Youth Lead Youth’, Global Youth Leadership Conference, Helvellyn, Cumbria
2008- ‘Youth Lead Youth’, Global Youth Leadership Conference, Langdale, Cumbria
2007- ‘Youth Connect’, Bi Lateral Peace Conference (Moscow and East Lancashire), Peace Centre, Warrington
2007- ‘Peer Led Conference Addressing Social Cohesion’, Coldwell, Lancashire
2006- ‘Youth Lead Youth’, Global youth Leadership Conference, Newlands, Cumbria
2005- ‘Youth Lead Youth’ Global youth Leadership Conference for Young Women, Borwick, Lancashire
2005- ‘Youth Lead Youth’, Global Youth Leadership Conference, Penrith, Cumbria
2005- ‘The Corrymeela Project’: A Conference on youth and community cohesion, Corrymeela, Ireland
2004-‘Youth Lead Youth’ Global Youth Leadership Conference, Langdale, Cumbria
2003- ‘Empower, Engage, Enable: National conference on Volunteering and community Action’, University of Central Lancashire
2003- ‘Youth Lead Youth’ Global Youth Leadership Conference, Hawkshead, Cumbria