Diane joined Middlesex in December 2016 as Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Social Work CPD Lead in the Department of Mental Health & Social Work. She has since also been the Programme Leader for the MA/PG Dip Social Work course and has achieved Senior Fellowship of the HEA.
She has taught a wide variety of students from entry level 3 (pre-GCSE) right up to level 7 (masters). During her time teaching in Further Education, Diane taught Health & Social Care, Childcare, Public Services and Functional Skills to students at Oaklands College in Hertfordshire, followed by teaching in HE at Havering College in East London as a lecturer on the BA (Hons) Social Work programme. She was promoted to Curriculum Manager for the same course in 2013 before she left the College to join London Metropolitan University as MSc Social Work Course Leader, her final role before arriving at Middlesex.
Diane also has experience as a Social Worker and practitioner working in a range of settings. She worked as a mentor for several years with primary and secondary school-aged children in an after-school Study Support Centre based at Tottenham Hotspur FC (her favourite team!) and worked as a Social worker for the London borough of Haringey’s Referral and Assessment team and Leaving Care teams.
She continues to keep her links to practice by acting as a Practice Educator to Social Work students and up until 2016 assisted the Metropolitan Police Training School (Hendon) with their Vulnerable Suspect & Witness Interviewing Course for trainee detectives.
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