Professor Saul Becker was formerly Assistant Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) and Faculty Director of Research (Social Sciences) at the University of Nottingham. Saul has held Chairs at Loughborough, Birmingham and Nottingham Universities and was Head of the School of Sociology and Social Policy at Nottingham for nearly five years. He was the Chairperson of the UK Social Policy Association for four years.
Saul has 330 publications and 200 conference papers and is regarded internationally as the world's leading academic authority on ‘young carers’ (children with unpaid caregiving roles within families). He has over 50 research grants and awards totalling £2m, from RCUK, Leverhulme, JRF and other charities and Trusts, and from local government and other bodies. His research is regarded as ‘high impact’.
Saul is a Fellow of the UK’s Academy of Social Sciences and of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a member of the REF2014 Sub-panel 22 for Social Work and Social Policy. He is the Founding Series Editor for the Policy Press Understanding Welfarebook series. He is also a qualified and registered Social Worker.