I currently work as a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Wolverhampton. I have teaching responsibilities on the MA Social Work degree programmes and BA Social Care degree programme. I supervise social work students' Master's dissertation projects. I am a member of the Ethics Panel for the Department of Social Work.
I completed my BA Social Work degree in 1998. I spent the next ten years working as a social worker in local authorities in England, including in community care teams for older people and younger adults with disabilities and mental health problems and as an Education Welfare Officer working with children and their families. In 2009 I completed an MSc in International Social Policy at the University of Bath. In 2010 I undertook two research-related internships: one at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Geneva, the other in the Policy and Evidence Team at HelpAge International, London. From 2010 onwards I undertook my PhD at the University of Bath which I successfully completed in 2015. My thesis entitled ‘An analysis of the treatment of informal care as a social risk in England’ qualitatively analysed the treatment of informal carers by care policies in England using a policy simulation technique and undertaking interviews with practitioners and policy-makers and document analysis. In July 2016 I obtained a research grant from the University of Wolverhampton to undertake a qualitative research project entitled: Student carers: supporting their educational success.
Summary of main responsibilities
I am module leader for three in addition to having teaching responsibilities on the following modules:
MA Social Work degree programme
- 7SO004 Law for Social Work Practice
- 7SO007 Social work with Adults, Children, Families and Carers (Module Leader)
- 7SO025 MA Social Work Dissertation (Module Leader)
BA Social Care degree programme
- 4SC003 Informal Social Care in Britain (Module Leader
I have designed the teaching content of the modules I teach and I undertake marking across all these listed modules. I also supervise MA social work dissertation projects. I have personal tutor responsibilities for social care students. I am a member of the Ethics Panel for the Department of Social Work.