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Personal profile

I am a Lecturer in Social Work and the Programme Lead for the BSc Social Science.  I also co-lead for the Department of Law and Criminology's Health and Social Care research cluster.  I joined Royal Holloway as a part-time Lecturer in 2015 and was appointed on a full-time contract in 2017.

Before joining Royal Holloway, I practiced as a social worker 2002-2017 in children's services, adult social care, the NHS and homelessness services in both Dublin and London and I continue to volunteer at a homelessness charity. I am qualified as a Best Interests Assessor and Practice Educator.  

My teaching runs across our BSc Social Science, MSc Social Work, PG Dip (Step Up) and MSc Advanced Practice.  I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an external examiner for social work programmes at Leeds Beckett University and the University of Hull.  I am a member of the Advisory Group on Discriminatory Abuse hosted by the Local Government Association's Care and Health Improvement Programme.

My research and teaching interests include adult social care and safeguarding policy and practice, particularly in relation to people who are homeless.  Currently, I'm working on a consultancy project relating to Discriminatory Abuse in partnership with the Care and Health Improvement Programme in the Local Government Association and the charity Research in Practice.  I am leading a Teaching Partnership-funded project on LGBTQ+ issues on social work placements.  I am also a PhD student researching the perspectives of people who are homeless in relation to their care and support needs and how these are met. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

20 Mar 2019

Award Date: 20 Mar 2019

Social Work, MSc Advanced Practice, Royal Holloway, University of London

1 Jun 20111 Jan 2015

Award Date: 1 Jun 2015

Best Interests Assessor Qualification, PG Cert Best Interests Assessor, Bournemouth University

1 Jan 20111 Jun 2011

Award Date: 1 Nov 2011

Social Work, National Qualification in Social Work (Ireland), National Social Work Qualification Board

1 Jun 2002

Award Date: 1 Jun 2002

Social Work, Bachelor in Social Studies, Trinity College, University of Dublin

1 Sep 19981 Jun 2002

Award Date: 1 Jun 2002

External positions

External Examiner, University of Hull

1 Sep 202130 Aug 2025

External Examiner, Leeds Beckett University

1 Sep 201931 Aug 2023


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