Angela Olsen

Angela Olsen

Lecturer in Social Work

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  • During 39 years working with people with learning disabilities. I have held several managerial posts including residential resource for people with learning disabilities and behavioural management difficulties and care homes for older people with dementias.
  • I am a board member for the international refereed journal ‘Groupwork’. My main administrative role is Admissions tutor.
  • I enjoy gardening, cooking and swimming
  • I was pleased to be nominated for best teacher and be shortlisted for best tutor in the SSU student awards for the last two years and was delighted to receive, alongside my team, the Vice-chancellor’s distinguished teaching awards.


I teach social work skills including, assessment, communication and groupwork.

In addition to generic social work teaching I teach learning disability specific topics to social work and nursing students across the school, these include womens’ studies, including forced marriage and domestic violence; forensic work and co-production. I particularly enjoy teaching alongside people with learning disabilities in such topics as introduction to learning disabilities and assessment skills.

Module leader – Level 6 Developing Evidence based practice in learning disabilities

Research Interests

Research interests include co-production, i.e. the development of research and teaching materials working alongside people with learning disabilities as equal partners.

Most recent funded research was commissioned by the Greater Manchester Autism consortium.

Previous research has included exploring the experiences of people with learning disabilities who have experienced domestic violence.

Qualifications and Memberships

Fellow HEI

MA learning disability Studies

Advanced Award in Social Work

Post Qualifying award in Social Work

Practice teacher Award (M level)


NVQ IV and Assessor


Olsen, A., Pepe, A. & Redfearn, D. (2017) The A-Z of Learning Disabilities. Palgrave: London

Olsen, A & Carter, C 2016, 'Responding to the needs of people with learning disabilities who have been raped: coproduction in action', Tizard learning disability review, 21(1), pp.30-38.

Research Project for Greater Manchester Autism Consortium (UK Industry, Commerce and Public Corporations) November 2015

Olsen, A 2015, '"Is it because I'm gormless" A commentary on Narratvie therapy in a learning disability context: a review', Tizard Learning Disability Review, 2(3), pp.130-133.

Worsley, A & Mann, T & Olsen, A & Whitefield, E M - 2012, 'Key Concepts in Social Work Practice', Sage, London, UK.

Learning disability and offending

Groupwork and learning disabilities

Narrative work with people with learning disabilities

Co-production of easy read literature, action learning across organisations. –please see SEEK for details

A-Z of Learning Disabilities