Diane is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work in the Department of Mental Health & Social Work. Her current area of responsibility comprises the social work CPD programmes although she has also worked as a programme leader for the pre-qualifying postgraduate social work courses.
Her career in education includes having taught in Further Education (FE). During her time in FE, Diane taught at Oaklands College on a range of courses including Health & Social Care, Childcare and Public Services. This was followed by a move to Higher Education teaching at Havering College (now New City College) as a lecturer on the BA (Hons) Social Work programme. She was promoted to Curriculum Manager for the same course, before she left to join London Metropolitan University as MSc Social Work course leader. Diane remained in that role for 2 years before moving to Middlesex University.
Prior to her transition to education, Diane worked as a Social worker in a Referral and Assessment and Leaving Care team for an inner London Borough. She has also worked as a Learning Mentor and Play Leader.
Diane continues to keep her links to social work practice by acting as a Practice Educator to social work students and as an assessor of newly-qualified social workers.
Social Work Practice Education award - PEPS 1 & 2 - (Havering College, 2013)
Diploma in Teaching and Learning in the Lifelong Learning Sector (Oaklands College, 2012)
MA Social Work (Middlesex University, 2006)
BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology and Sociology (London Metropolitan University, 2004)
Learning & Teaching Interests
Diane teaches undergraduate and postgraduate social work students, and experienced practitioners undertaking CPD programmes. Her interests lie in child and family social work and social work education/training. She is experienced in curriculum design for professional social work education programmes.
Research Outputs & Interests
Black and minority ethnic students and their journey through social work training, with a particular focus on male student social workers.
Funded Research & Knowledge Exchange Projects
North Central London (NCL) Social Work Education Partnership ASYE Conference (Jan 2018) - co-facilitator of a workshop session on professional identity.
North Central London (NCL) Social Work Education Partnership Practice Educators' Conference (June 2017) - co-organiser. I was also the lead facilitator of a workshop session on linking theory to practice.
Engagement & Impact
External Examiner for the PG Diploma in Social Work Practice Education at De Montfort University, Leicester
North Central London (NCL) Social Work Education Partnership - member