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School of Health and Society

Alison Coleman

Senior Lecturer in Social Work


Practice Education / Practice Learning

Professional Practice

Levels 4, 5, 6, 7

B.A (Hons) Oxon –Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Research Interests

Benefits and challenges of student placements in non traditional settings

Qualifications and Memberships

GSCC Practice Teacher Award

M.A Social Work Studies


B.A (Hons) Oxon –Philosophy, Politics and Economics


Co Chair National Organisation of Practice Teaching

Member, Learning and Development Reference Group  - The College of Social Work

Member, Education Working Group – Social Work Reform Board

Chair, Practice Learning Work stream Group - SWRB


Scholar, H & McCaughan, S & McLaughlin, H & Coleman, A 2012, 'Why is This Not Social Work? The Contribution of "Non-Traditional" Placements in Preparing Social Work Students for Practice ', Social Work Education, 31(7), pp.932-950

Reports for Public Bodies:

Scholar, H & Coleman, A & Cairns, C & McCaughan, S & Hugh, M 2010, 'Evaluation of Social Work Student Placements in three regions delivering the Prince's Trust Team Programme', for: The Prince's Trust, University of Salford, Salford, UK

Coleman, A & McLaughlin, H & Shardlow, S & Pugh, S & Murphy, J & McCaughan, S & Haines, C & Glover, A & Munro, L 2010, 'Strengthening Employer Engagement in the Planning, Development and Delivery of Social Work Education', for: Skills for Care/ CWDC, University of Salford, Salford, UK

Scholar, H & Cairns, C & Coleman, A & McCaughan, S & McLaughlin, H 2009, 'Evaluation of Practice Learning Placements on The Prince's Trust Programme', for: The Prince's Trust and The Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service, University of Salford, Salford, UK.

Beverley, A & Blackburn, F & Coleman, A & Glynn, E & Shardlow, S M 2004, 'Induction to Work Based Learning and Assessment for Organisations ', TOPPS England, null, pp.0.