We recommend the following useful preparatory texts and resources for both incoming students and interested applicants.
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Dr Allain is Director of Programmes, Social Work and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate social work students and experienced practitioners undertaking CPD programmes. She holds an MSc Social Research Methods, a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and a Postgraduate Certificate in Health and Social Services Management.
Lucille is a professionally registered social worker with the HCPC and has over 20 years' experience working in the fields of child protection and looked after children in London local authorities. She worked as a social worker, team manager and strategic commissioning manager before moving to a joint appointment role with Middlesex University and Barnet Council. There she successfully developed a postgraduate social work trainee scheme for a number of London boroughs. Lucille has worked at Middlesex University for over 10 years and has also led social work at the University of East London in the role of Associate Dean.
Following a long professional career as a nurse and social worker, Dr Hafford-Letchfield became involved in management and academia, where she actively works with issues of intersectionality and equality in social work and social care, particularly in regards to ageing in marginalised communities. Her most recent research investigates the growing number of women without children living alone in later life, and the socio-economic, emotional and psychological issues they experience.
Dr Bell has a background in anthropological research and has taught research methods to professional students at Middlesex University for a number of years. She has also been a researcher at King's College (London University), University College London and the London School of Economics (where she was previously a librarian).
Linda has researched various aspects of health, social care/social work and families. She is a member of the Middlesex University Social Policy Research Centre, and the Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (DARC). She is also a member of the British Sociological Association, the BSA Medical Sociology Group and the international Women's Workshop on Family/Household Qualitative Research, with which she has published several books. She is currently (June 2015) co-editing a special issue of the journal 'Women's Studies International Forum' with members of the Workshop.
Sarah Lewis-Brooke has been a qualified social worker for 27 years, specialising in children and families’ social work and in particular, fostering, adoption and permanency. She has taught on this programme for 9 years. Sarah is research active and has recently worked on a research project that has set up an innovative service for birth mothers who have their children permanently removed. She is also interested in research into innovative pedagogies and is currently researching developing students’ ability to develop inclusive practice with LGBT people.
Social Work BA student