Diane is an Associate Professor in Social Work in the Department of Mental Health & Social Work. Her current area of responsibility comprises the social work CPD programmes and Social Work placements 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)
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.
Apeah-Kubi, D. Carlton, C & Allain, L (2022) Race Equality and Diversity: Social Work Teaching at Middlesex University. Social Dialogue - Magazine of The International Association of Schools of Social Work, Issue 26
Apeah-Kubi, D. (2021). Supervising fast track social work students on placement: examining the experiences of trainee practice educators. The Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning in Health and Social Work, 17(3), 47-63.
Allain L, McQuarrie T, Hingley-Jones H, Gleeson H, Apeah-Kubi D, Ogunnaike B, Lewis-Brooke S (2020), A report on London Borough Hackney’s Family Learning Intervention Programme (FLIP): Perspectives of families and professionals. Middlesex University: UK
Apeah-Kubi D., (2015), From enquiry to e-learning to enrolment, Havering (Havering College of Further and Higher Education’s in-house research and scholarship journal).
International European Conference for Social Work Research (April 2022) – co-presenter for: Evaluation of a mentoring scheme for Black, Asian and minority ethnic social work students in London & Findings from a family intervention service working with young people on the ‘edge of care’
13th International Conference on Practice Teaching and Field Education in Health and Social Work (Oct 2021); oral presentation on Working with service users to conduct virtual assessment of students’ readiness for practice.
European Conference on Social Work Education (June 2021, Tallinn University). Presenter: Training the trainers virtually: An evaluation of delivering a social work practice education module online, and co-presenter: Taking it online: working with service users to assess students’ readiness for practice
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.
External examiner: PG Certificate in Advanced Social Work Practice and PG Award in Professional Development (Social Work Practice Education) – University of Worcester.
Research ethics committee member for What Works for Children's Social Care, an organisation funded by the DfE, to bring the best available evidence to practitioners and other decision-makers across the children’s social care sector.
North Central London (NCL) Social Work Education Partnership - member
Higher Education Academy - Senior Fellow