Social Work at Brunel University is aligned with grand challenges for social work research including focus on individual and family well-being, creating a stronger social fabric, and developing a just society. The Social Work team has expertise in many current issues with which social work engages, such as ageing, children and families, LGBT identities, mental health, migration, health, loss/grief and environmental concerns. The team holds strengths in social policy and interdisciplinary practice as well as planning for and adapting to current societal shifts. Brunel is one of the leading providers of social work and social policy research in London, funded by high-profile organisations like the ESRC, the AHRC, Nuffield Foundation, the Rowntree Trust, the European Union, the Department for Education and Skills and the NHS.
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Brunel Experts by Experience has a long and proud history at Brunel whereby service-users help the delivery of Social Work training to students and staff.
In the Division of Social Work we have members of staff who are:
- Editor of Ageing and Society, the leading social gerontology journal in the UK
- Fellows of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
- Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health
- Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences
- University of Auckland Ralph & Eve Seelye Charitable Trust Award Fellowship holder
- Serve on many editorial boards and have won many teaching awards
Other activities include:
- Health Research Authority Social Care Research Ethics Committee.
- National Institute for Health Research-Health Services and Delivery Research panel
- Welfare, Health and Wellbeing theme at the Institute of Environment, Health and Societies.
The Division of Social Work has:
- specialism in gerontology and children and families
- commitment to anti-oppressive practice
- service user perspectives and experiences
- specialist researchers in gender and sexualities