Mark Hammond studied community youth work as an undergraduate at Ulster University from 1994-1997. He has worked in the youth work field for almost 30 years with various statutory and voluntary sector youth work agencies.
Before joining the community youth work team as a Lecturer in 2006, Mark worked with the Corrymeela community and YMCA Ireland in the areas of cross community, community relations work and peace building. He has studied and trained in the areas of education, management, mediation, and group work.
Mark is currently a course director for the full time BSc Hons Community Youth Work programme at Jordanstown. He stresses the importance of the student experience and pastoral care.
Mark completed his PhD in 2018. This study explored the purpose of youth work and the processes in which it engages. He is currently involved in two research projects with young men and youth at risk. He is also supervisor for two PhD studies in peacebuilding and faith based youth work.
He contributes to both the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in community youth work and has supervised several masters students to completion.
Mark teaches across a number of modules, including topics such as leadership, research methods, youth work theory and individual/group work.
He was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2016, and currently sits on the Youth Work Training Board and an Education Authority project board for the youth service funding scheme.