Diploma in Social Study 1970
I read Philosophy, Politics and Economics in Oxford, at St Hilda’s College. This s an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree that combines study from three disciplines, asnd that led me to think about social work and social policy.
I had a really good pre-course placement at Dingleton, where I learned about psychotherapeutic approaches and research. I remember punch cards and an audit of needs.
Subsequently, I married an Edinburgh PhD student. I worked in child and family psychiatry, adolescent psychiatry and had a baby.
Because of that pre-course placement, I was involved in psychotherapeutic approaches to social work and in research, and went on to study for my own PhD.
I had an academic career, becoming the first woman professor at The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.
I was Editor for many years of Research Highlights in Social Work, a book series published by Jessica Kingsley. This was initially funded by the Scottish Executive because of a shared view that social work needed to be underpinned by better research evidence. The series began in 1994 and now has 32 titles within it. It has been brave and creative, publishing books on, for example, privatisation and co-production, at a time when neither was well thought of.
As chair of the heads of social work education group for a number of years, I tried to lead social work education in Scotland.
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Source: Own contribution.