Hi all,

I hope everyone is well and enjoying the lovely rain! There has been lots going on at the university over the last few weeks with most of the programme team busy marking student work and making plans for the summer (when it arrives…). There have also been exciting developments with some of our team getting great work published, including Chijioke Obasi who had a chapter ‘Africanist Sista-hood in Britain: Creating Our Own pathways’ published in the book “To Exist is to Resist” (https://www.plutobooks.com/9780745339474/to-exist-is-to-resist/) and Jack Nicholls publishing an excellent paper ‘Going beyond a tale of two sectors: a reflective career planning toolkit for social work students’ in the International Journal of Social Work Education. John Cavener has also made a fantastic contribution to the International Journal of Social Work Education with his article ‘Enhancing practitioner-led education in social work: developing a secondment project’. 

We also have a range of exciting events on the horizon. Pat Higgins is part of an event taking place in September ‘This is me: Autism through the ages’ (flyer in the images below) and has also asked me to share information about an event about Girls and Women with autism which will take place next year (flyer image also below). We will be hosting our very own social work conference in September: ‘Social Work Communities: The People and the Profession’. We are currently inviting people to send in their abstracts for papers and workshops. If you’re interested, but want more information or some support to develop your ideas then do get in touch with me (see flyer in the images below).


“Discuss topical issues for social work with a diverse group of people”

We held a really productive committee meeting in May and the next one will be on the 7th August from 2-3.30pm at Coach Lane Campus (all are welcome – details will be sent out closer to the time via email). We will be following the committee meeting with our next Whisperings get together from 4-5.30pm. These informal seminars are a chance to meet other people, hear news from the university and the local community, and discuss topical issues for social work with a diverse group of people. This one will focus on domestic abuse and be chaired by Carol.

Finally, we will be holding our next training day on the 24th September. Details of the training is below and, as always, everyone is welcome. I will share details of locations etc closer to the time so check your emails!

Don’t forget that if you would like to share a story, news event, image or anything else on this website then you can send it over to me to put up for you (Sarah.Lonbay@Northumbria.ac.uk).

Hope to see you all soon at one of these upcoming events.



Induction/ Welcome session:  

The aim of this session is to give you a chance to meet other people and some of the staff here, as well as an opportunity to find out more about social work education at Northumbria University and how you can get involved. You will get a chance to see some of the teaching rooms that we use and become a bit more familiar with the campus.

Presentation Skills Training:

This session is focused around presentation skills. You will have a chance to hear from other people about their experiences of being involved in social work education and some of their top tips and advice for sharing your story with social work students. You will also have the opportunity to practice a presentation (if you would like to do so).

Admissions training:

The aim of this session is to help you understand the interviews  as part of the admissions process and your role within this. The session will include an overview of the admissions process and an opportunity to practice interviewing. We do ask that if you would like to be involved in interviewing that you attend this training.