Academic staff

Ric Bowl

Ric Bowl

Director of Community Mental Health Programmes

Ric is the Director of Community Mental Health Programmes in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, School of Social Policy.

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 6688
Email
r.e.e.bowl@bham.ac.uk

Dr Tarsem Singh Cooner

Dr Tarsem Singh Cooner

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Tarsem is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work, and Programme Director for BA Years 2 and 3.  In 2011 Tarsem was awarded a Birmingham University Teaching Fellowship in recognition of his wide ranging and significant interventions in learning and teaching across the institution. In his work across the institution he serves on the Board of the Valuing Teaching at Birmingham initiative, the ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 8184
Email
t.s.cooner@bham.ac.uk

Dr Tom Disney

Dr Tom Disney

Research Fellow

Tom Disney is a Human Geographer with interests around institutional interventions into the lives of families and young people. His previous research has included exploring the everyday experience of orphanages in Russia, and family visits to prison in the UK context. He currently researches child protection practice in the UK.

Email
t.n.disney@bham.ac.uk

Professor Barbara Fawcett

Professor Barbara Fawcett

Professor of Social Work (Adults and Communities)

Barbara carries out research in the areas of adults, communities, mental health, older people and disability. She also focuses on participatory action research and forms of analysis drawn from postmodern feminism.

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 5730
Email
b.fawcett@bham.ac.uk

Professor Harry Ferguson

Professor Harry Ferguson

Professor of Social Work

Harry joined the university in 2017 as Professor of Social Work. He took up his first lectureship in 1990 and has held professorial posts since 2000. He has taught and researched widely in the areas of social work and child protection, domestic abuse, fatherhood, masculinities and men's lives, mobile research methods, ethnography, and the social science of social work.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8653
Email
h.ferguson.3@bham.ac.uk

Anne-Marie Glover

Anne-Marie Glover

Senior Lecturer, Social Work Programme

Anne-Marie is the Director for the Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work (Step Up) Programme, a Social Work Lecturer in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, and School Head of Quality. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a qualified and HCPC registered Social Worker, having worked in a range of statutory Children and Families settings. Anne-Marie’s ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 415 8032
Email
a.t.glover@bham.ac.uk

Simon Haworth

Simon Haworth

Teaching Fellow

Simon Haworth recently joined the University of Birmingham as a Teaching Fellow within the Department of Social Work and Social Care. He is involved in teaching on undergraduate, postgraduate and post qualifying programmes and currently undertaking a variety of projects for the West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership.

Prior to this appointment, Simon worked within the field of child ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 2935
Email
s.p.c.haworth@bham.ac.uk

Rachel Hek

Rachel Hek

Lecturer and Placement Manager

Rachel Hek is a lecturer on the Social Work team at the University of Birmingham and also Head of Qualifying Practice Learning for the MA and BA Social Work courses.  She also manages a bank of independent Practice Tutors and Practice Educators.  Rachel is responsible for creating new practice learning opportunities for students and for liaising with, recruiting and training Practice ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 2935
Email
r.hek@bham.ac.uk

Gary Hickman

Gary Hickman

Senior Lecturer and Director of Social Work Education

Gary Hickman is a registered social worker and as Director of the social work programmes, provides operational and strategic leadership for both the BA and MA courses, and our Step Up to Social Work programme.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 2284
Email
g.j.hickman@bham.ac.uk

Ruth Kernarne

Ruth Kernarne

Teaching Fellow/Practice Learning Coordinator

Ruth is a registered social worker and a Teaching Fellow for practice learning on the BA and MA qualifying social work programmes. 

Email
r.m.kernarne@bham.ac.uk

Professor Paul Montgomery

Professor Paul Montgomery

Professor of Social Intervention
Cross Whitehall Trials Panel Advisor and Affiliate Professor at the Department of Family Studies, University of Malta

Paul arrived at Birmingham University in 2017 to take up his current post after twenty years at Oxford University where he was Professor of Psycho-social Intervention. His work is methodologically based in three main areas: Systematic Reviews, Trials (many of them RCTs) and Methods Advances in Complex Intereventions. Topically, his work is wide ranging and includes Sleepwhere he originally did ...

Email
p.x.montgomery@bham.ac.uk

Dr Lisa Morriss

Dr Lisa Morriss

Lecturer in Social Work

Dr Lisa Morriss is a Lecturer in Social work in the College of Social Sciences. Her research and teaching are principally concerned with mental health, stigma, motherhood, social futures, and qualitative methodologies. Dr Morriss is co-founder (with Dr Jadwiga Leigh) of the Experiencing the Social Work project. She is a member of the Editorial Board for the journal Qualitative Social Work.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 58031
Email
l.morriss@bham.ac.uk

Dawn River

Dawn River

Lecturer in Social Work
MA Programme Director

Dawn is MA Programme Director; Lecturer; and Erasmus and Study Abroad Lead in the Department of Social Work and Social Care. Dawn is also based within the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) as the LGBT*Qi Lead and member of the teaching team on the Community and Practitioner Research Programme. She is currently working on four research projects: ‘Queer Brexit: the migrant ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 2936
Email
d.h.river@bham.ac.uk

Maureen Smojkis

Maureen Smojkis

Lecturer in Mental Health / Admissions Tutor, SW Programme

Maureen is a Lecturer in Mental Health and Admissions Tutor for for the Social Work BA and MA programmes at the Department of Social Policy and Social Work. Maureen is an Accredited Coach and Member of the University of Birmingham Coaching Academy

 

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 8169
Email
m.n.smojkis@bham.ac.uk

Dr Denise Tanner

Dr Denise Tanner

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Denise Tanner is a Senior Lecturer on BA and MA Social Work courses.  Her areas of teaching and research interest include adult social work/social care policy and practice; social work with older people; social work skills; social perspectives of mental distress; and service user involvement in education and research. She has lead responsibility for Postgraduate Research students in the ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 2941
Email
d.l.tanner@bham.ac.uk

Professor Jerry Tew

Professor Jerry Tew

Professor of Mental Health and Social Work

Jerry is currently leading national research for the Department of Health Policy Research Programme to explore how Local Authorities (and their partners) are responding to the challenge, embedded in the Care Act, to build capacity so as to ‘prevent, reduce or delay’ the need for social care services. He is also co-investigator in the ODESSI trial led by Prof Stephen Pilling at ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 3640
Email
j.j.c.tew@bham.ac.uk

Dr Nicki Ward

Dr Nicki Ward

Lecturer

Nicki is a Lecturer in the School of Social Policy. Her primary role, as a social work lecturer, enables her to combine her interests in social work, social care and social justice. Nicki is particularly interested in issues diversity, intersectionality and care ethics. Along with Nicola Gale she is currently advancing work around the development of an LGBTQ inclusive curriculumin higher ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 5713
Email
n.j.ward@bham.ac.uk

Tamsin Waterhouse

Tamsin Waterhouse

Lecturer

Tamsin Waterhouse is a Lecturer on the Post Qualifying Social Work programmes. She is also the Director of the (Advanced) Certificate in Mental Health and Deafness. She is a registered Social Worker, and joined the University in 2012.

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 6227
Email
t.d.waterhouse@bham.ac.uk