Refreshing Social Work
It's been a period of change in the Social Work programmes. Professor Steven Shardlow has retired from Keele but retains a research link as an Emeritus and the steadying experienced hand of Dr Jane Boylan returned this year to steer the 'ship' supported by new Head of School, Dr Rebecca Leach and new Senior School Manager Krys Manifold. Jane has been supporting a fresh and enthusiastic new teaching team made up of a mix of experienced academics with both research and practice expertise. Krys and Rebecca have started to work with the new regional teaching partnership in Social Work to explore workforce training challenges and placement provision.
We're also delighted to have appointed two new academics to the Social Work programme. The teaching fellows will be strengthening the teaching team in Autumn 2018, bringing a wealth of experience in adult social work and social work law.
The current team continue to be highly regarded by students - Dr Robert Hagan, Mrs Helen Machin & Dr Jan Pascal were all nominated for Keele Excellence or Student Choice awards this year for their teaching or student support. A number of staff and students took part in World Social Work day in March this year at the Bet 365 stadium in Stoke-on-Trent.
Staff at Keele continue to balance a busy teaching programme alongside cutting edge, important research. Dr Jan Pascal has a couple of new papers out on Loss, one of which is also first authored by Dr Robert Hagan, PhD student Rob Meredith published an interesting commentary on social workers in the media for The Conversation. Helen Machin has been carrying out work exploring social workers' perceptions of working with undocumented migrants, and is also part of a small group working with Dr Cora Xu (Educational sociologist in the School) on Chinese Transnational Students' Study to Work Transition in Pre/Post-Brexit UK. Dr Grace Brown will be developing her interest in 'green' social work when she visits the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland for a scoping discussion.