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Department of Social Work, Care and Justice


The Department of Social Work, Care and Justice is one of the newest Departments in the University, but it is also one of the largest.

The Department runs both BA and MA programmes in social work which qualify for professional social work registration. In addition there are BA major degrees in Social Policy, Childhood and Youth and Health and Well-Being. 

Finally we have two further MA programmes. The MA Youth and Community Work brings professional recognition in this field; whilst the MA in Social Policy provides an academic route to those wanting to further their study in this area.

The teaching in the department is provided by highly qualified staff who research and publish in their field. We also provide a range of field trips (both national and international) and provide a range of opportunities for students to engage with social welfare projects and link the worlds of academia and practice.

The Department has a strong commitment to issues of social justice and this shapes all our provision. This means that whilst studying our subjects we explore the ways in which inequality, poverty, racism, gender oppression and a range of other discriminating factors shape, and impact upon, people's lives.

This orientation also informs the staff's research. Currently, staff are working on a prestigious EU funded project under the Horizon 2020 programme. Alongside colleagues in 10 other European countries, the project is looking at the impact of austerity on some of our most vulnerable communities.

The Department is host to the international journal Critical and Radical Social Work and regularly hosts academic conferences where international scholars present their work to our community.

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Department Staff
0127 Prof Michael Lavalette

Professor Michael Lavalette

Professor and Head of Social Work, Care and Justice

0013 Dr Helen Ashworth

Dr Helen Ashworth

Lecturer in Childhood and Youth

Ms Nicki Blundell

Nicki Blundell

Professional Tutor in Social work

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Rose Devereux

PSS Liaison Worker and Service User Co-ordinator

0077 Dr Liz Fern

Dr Liz Fern

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Steven Lucas

Dr Steven Lucas

Lecturer in Social work

0095 Mrs Philomena Harrison

Philomena Harrison

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

0105 Dr Joanne Hogan

Dr Joanne Hogan

Lecturer in Health and Wellbeing

0152 Mr David Merryweather

Dr David Merryweather

Lecturer in Childhood and Youth

0162 Mr Rich Moth

Dr Rich Moth

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

0183 Ms Laura Penketh

Laura Penketh

Senior Lecturer in Social Policy

Tracy Ramsey

Tracy Ramsey

Professional Teaching Fellow in Youth and Community Work

Steve Corbett

Dr Steven Corbett

Lecturer in Social Policy

David Neary

Dr David Neary

Lecturer in Social Policy

Lucy Hanson

Dr Lucy Hanson

Lecturer in Social Work

Emma Katz

Dr Emma Katz

Lecturer in Childhood and Youth

0134 Dr Daniela Mangione

Dr Daniela Mangione

Lecturer in Childhood and Youth

Scott Massie

Dr Scott Massie

Senior Professional Tutor in Social work

Dr John Jordan

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Dr Delyth Edwards

Lecturer in Childhood and Youth

Kellie Thompson

Dr Kellie Thompson

Senior Lecturer in Social work

Joanne Heeney

Mrs Joanne Heeney

Professional tutor in Childhood and Youth