Su McCaughan

Su McCaughan

Lecturer in Social Work ( Practice Learning)

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Office Times

Monday and Fridays 12.00 pm - 3.00 pm.

Tuesday – Thursdays 930 am– 4.00 pm.

Appointments available by request.


My practice career was as a probation officer with over 20 years experience.

I made the transition to HEI in 2006 and have a focus in Practice education. I am an offsite practice educator.

I am a registered social worker with the HCPC (registration number: SW81506) and a HCPC CPD assessor. 


I module lead in practice learning across BA and MA programmes, developing and sustaining practice learning opportunities and being responsible for quality assurance processes. I  deliver  teaching to prepare students for professional practice.

I am  module leader for Enabling Learning within the Post Graduate Award, delivering teaching to qualified  social workers to enhance practice education for social work students.

I am an off- site practice educator.

My teaching reflects my social work practice experience and research interests.

Professional membership of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests

Practice education; the role of non traditional placements in providing quality placements; the role of the criminal justice system in social work; collaboration with the student body; mental health practice education services, Salford CYP Heif project.

2009 – 2011 Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Research Scholarship.

Qualifications and Memberships

2013  Fellow of Higher education Academy

2009 University of Salford Post Graduate Certificate Post Graduate Certificate

2007 University of Salford Practice Teachers Award

1990 Sheffield University Post Graduate Certificate Women's Studies

1984 Sheffield Hallam University BA (Hons) Applied Social Studies


McLaughlin, H & Scholar, H,  McCaughan, S & Coleman, A  2014, 'Are Non-Traditional Social Work Placements Second-Best Learning Opportunities for Social Work Qualifying Students? ', British Journal of Social Work.

McCaughan,S, Anderson, M, & Jones, W (2013) ‘ Social work education in the creative arts space’ Journal of Practice Teaching & Learning 12(1), pp.34-52.

Scholar, H., McCaughan, S., McLaughlin, H. & Coleman, S (2012), ‘ “Why is This Not Social Work?” The Contribution of ‘Non-Traditional’ Placement in Preparing

Social Work Students for Practice’, Social Work Education: The International Journal, vol.31, no.7, pp.932-950.

Reports for External Bodies

 McLaughlin, H, Coleman A,  McCaughan, S, and Scholar, H

October 2012 The Prince’s  Trust: Evaluation Of The Working For  Wellbeing  Initiative On The Team Programme.

Salford Centre for Social Work Research, 2010,Strengthening employer engagement in the planning, development and delivery of social work education. Skills For Care.

Scholar, H ,McLaughlin, H,  McCaughan, S, and Coleman A,  2010 Evaluation of Social Work Student Placements in three regions delivering The Prince’s Trust Team Programme.

Cairns, C, Coleman, A, McCaughan, S, Mclaughlin, H, Scholar, H 2009, Evaluation of Practice learning Placements on The Prince’s Trust Team Programme.

Conference Presentations

2015  ‘Listening to the student voice: student experience of assessment and the PCF’  NOPT Conference 

2014 ‘She’s perfect- a good social worker. I can ask for help at any time’ Listening to the voices of young people in developing quality social work placements. NOPT Conference 

2014   Arts for Recovery in the Community

Arts, Health & Social Care Symposia: Mental Health & Well-being Symposia

2012 ‘Why is this not Social Work?’  The value of ‘non traditional’ placements in preparing social work students for practice.  Joint Social Work Education Conference (JSWEC)

2012 ‘Why is this not Social Work?’  The value of ‘non traditional’ placements in preparing social work students for practice. European Conference for Social Work Research

2010 Building a Framework for Integrated  Placements: new models of partnership for practice education. Joint Social Work Education Conference (JSWEC)

2009   Practice learning in a non traditional setting: opportunities for the future?  Joint Social Work Education Conference (JSWEC)