Alumni profiles

Once you’ve studied at Birmingham, we hope it’s a relationship for life and we are very proud of all our former students. The School of Social Policy is keen to promote and share the achievements of its alumni.

Social Policy alumni

Ayo Bakare, BA Social Policy

Ayo Bakare, BA Social Policy
Description
The University of Birmingham and my Social Policy degree have been an integral reason for my career success to date.

Josie Smith, BA Social Policy

Josie Smith, BA Social Policy
Description
I gained a place at the University of Birmingham through the Access to Birmingham (A2B) Scheme and chose the Social Policy programme due to its highly contemporary and interdisciplinary nature.

Lydia Townhill, BA Social Policy

Lydia Townhill, BA Social Policy
Description
I think that studying Social Policy gave me a sense of the history that this country has of trying to better itself, of applying the simple truths of loving your neighbour to a whole community, and of having confidence that change can happen.

Naila Begum, BA Social Policy

Naila Begum, BA Social Policy
Description
I would thoroughly recommend the degree, as the expertise and knowledge that I gained from studying Social Policy has opened up an excellent career path for me which is a priceless asset to have in today's competitive world.
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Social Work alumni

Alexis Keir, MSocSci Social Work (1999)

Alexis Keir, MSocSci Social Work (1999)
Description
Early highlights of my career include working with the Greater London Association of Disabled People (GLAD) and then spending two years with the Deaf Association of New Zealand, having been inspired to work abroad during my studies in Birmingham.

Amanda Foka, MA Social Work (2010)

Amanda Foka, MA Social Work (2010)
Description
My career after graduation has taken a promising start with my first job with the United Nations. Understanding of the concept of inequality and social exclusion is key in my work with the UN.

Beth Seeley, BA Social Work (2008)

Beth Seeley, BA Social Work (2008)
Description
The most positive aspects of my social work degree were the range of practical placements I was provided with from the University, which meant I got to observe and get involved in many different areas.

Gemma Mallett, MA Social Work

Gemma Mallett, MA Social Work
Description
The service user and carer involvement was brilliant and I learned a lot from their experiences of good and bad social work practice.

Jayne Hulbert, DipSW

Jayne Hulbert, DipSW
Description
Jayne Hulbert graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2003 with a Diploma in Social Work. Jayne is a qualified Social Worker with over 35 years social care experience in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors, she set up the SWEET Project (Social Work Education, Experience and Training) in March 2010 with colleague and Senior Family Support Worker, Jayne Creswell.

Julie Jones, MA Social Work : Video profile

Description
I chose the University of Birmingham first of all because it's got an excellent reputation. I think that if you can put on your CV that you've got a degree from the University of Birmingham it could potentially stand you out from other people that haven't been to such a prestigious institution.

Laura Cheese, BA Social Work (2010)

Laura Cheese, BA Social Work (2010)
Description
I am working for Birmingham Local Authority in the Children and Families Directorate. I am a Social Worker in a Safeguarding Team.

Natalie Hardware, BA Social Work (2010)

Description
Becoming a social worker has enabled me to put the information and knowledge gained through my studies into practice.

Stephnie Kettle, BA Social Work (2010)

Stephnie Kettle, BA Social Work (2010)
Description
The best thing about being a student at the University of Birmingham was being constantly challenged.