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Expert Seminar Series

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Past expert seminars

Dr Paul Joseph -Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management, Southampton Solent University

"Have we overestimated the impact of Leadership Development programmes?"

Wednesday 17 May 2017 4pm-5pm 

New Academic Building, 1.03 Bishop Otter Campus, Chichester. 


The Eligibility Question – the Real Source of Depersonalisation?

Disability & Society     ISSN: 0968-7599 (Print) 1360-0508 

Online copy of The Eligibility Society

Building on the Original Strengths of Direct Payments to Create a Better Future for Social Care

Disability & Society, 2015                

Online copy of Building on the Original Strengths of Direct Payments to Create a Better Future for Social Care

3. The false narrative about personal budgets in England: smoke and mirrors?

Disability & Society     ISSN: 0968-7599 (Print) 1360-0508

Online copy of The false narrative about personal budgets in England: smoke and mirrors

Colin Slasberg, Social Care Consultant
"From state control to consumerism and back again
Can we learn the lessons from 50 years of failure and false dawns to create a sustainable future for social care?"

Dr Bridget Ng’andu, Ruskin College, Oxford.

“Stories from the Calais Jungle”

Bridget qualified as a social worker in 1995 in Gaborone, Botswana, where she worked in a Human Rights Centre and later a School on issues such as HIV/AIDS. In 2000, she completed a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) and explored Volunteering and HIV/AIDS in Western Australia, for her dissertation.   In 2006, Bridget completed a PhD dissertation, focusing on Social Policy and HIV/AIDS in Botswana, from Curtin University in Australia. Bridget moved to the UK in 2003, to work as social worker in Children and Families in Hampshire and other local authorities in the South East.  Bridget joined Ruskin College in 2010 and teaches across the degree programme and the Access Course.   Her teaching is informed by her experience from Southern Africa, Australia and working with students from a diverse background.   Bridget is also a member of the Anti-Racist Social Work Education Group (ARSWEG), the Social Work Action Network (SWAN) and the European Social Work Research Association’s (ESWRA) Special Interest Group on Migration.   

In June 2016, the Social Work Action Network, called on social workers to show solidarity with Migrants, not just in Europe but across the world.   Working with Bec Buss, we set-up a volunteer group of Oxfordshire County Council Practitioners and students from Ruskin College, working with children and families in Calais.  Bridget now volunteers with Social Workers Without Borders (SWWB), and we are delighted to announce she is coming to Chichester to share her experiences and stories from the Jungle in Calais.

Professor Mekada J. Graham, California State University DH, Los Angeles
Wednesday 6th April 2016 4.00 – 5.00pm
Cloisters, Bishop Otter Campus

Researching Student Narratives: life stories, reflective practice, critical race studies and social justice work.

Mekada J. Graham is Professor and Chair of California State University Dominguez Hills Social Work Department (within the College of Health, Human Services and Nursing) Los Angeles, California. 

Her current research project, which forms the basis for her presentation, employs narrative approaches underpinned by critical social work practice to student reflections, experiences and journey through social work education. 

Her research interests span broad areas of contemporary issues on equality and social justice with focus on ethnicities, ‘race’, gender, migration and childhood studies in social work education.

Mekada is an active researcher and has published widely in the UK and USA including a special issue on migration and social work with Charlotte Williams in the British Journal of Social Work (2014). 

Two new books, Reflective Thinking, Lessons from Student Narratives and Social Work in a Diverse Society, co-authored with Charlotte Williams, are due to be published later this year.

Social justice orientations form the bedrock of social work practice; its intersections are contextualized across local as well as national boundaries.

Taking a postmodern approach, Professor Graham’s presentation employs narrative inquiry with social work students to explore a blend of critical reflection, personal accounts, lived experiences and identities as learning stories to uncover how these elements shape their motivations and practice.

These narratives bring together a patchwork of experiences, feelings and emotions revealing a more complete view of student journeys through social work education and into professional practice.

This presentation is based on my book to be published this year ‘Reflective thinking in Social Work – Lessons from Student Narratives’ and includes audio contributions from students participating in this project.

Attendance at this presentation is free. 

Anyone interested in attending should contact Karen Brooks at to register their interest.