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School of Health and Society

Gabi Hesk

Lecturer in Social Work


Social worker in practice for 20 + years in Children and Families Social Work in both the voluntary and statutory sector, (Residential, Children with Disabilities, Fostering and Adoption, Child Protection, Domestic Violence).

Interested in community engagement at grassroots level and encouraging students to develop these skills during their education and training.

A love of music, dancing, concerts and theatre and supporting (watching!) my children in their sports activities; handball, football and rugby. An appreciation of good company, food and wine!


Module leader of Professional Capabilities Practice 2, preparing final year students for practice.

Skills Days equipping students with skills to aid with practice. Community Engagement: Refugees and People Seeking Asylum: co-delivering lectures with community practitioners and organising conferences to share current practice with community members and professionals.

Student Admissions: A member of the team who support the admissions programme to new students i.e. interview process. 

Student Engagement: Supporting students to become involved in community projects.

Research Interests

Community Engagement

Black Feminist Theory and its use in understanding social work practice

The ‘lived experience’ of Women of Colour

Refugees and People Seeking Asylum

Gypsy Roma Traveler Inclusion

Social Work Practice Skills

Current Projects:

  • Supporting Roma Voice Project
  • Collaboration to embed skills for employability
  • Sharing the Ordsall Method

Qualifications and Memberships

2015: Currently working toward PhD

2010: Post Graduate Certificate in Education (P.G.C.E.) - The University of Central Lancashire

2007: BA (Hons) Health and Social Care- The University of Salford

2006: Accredited Child Care Award (ACCA)- The University of Salford

1996: Diploma in Social Work- Manchester Metropolitan University

Registered social worker with the Health Care Professionals Council SW50287

2016: Board member of Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit

2016: Panel member of Olive Branch Fostering


Collins, T, Kenney, CE and Hesk, GCO 2016, ''It pushed me back into the human race' : evaluative findings from a community Christmas event' , Health and Social Care in the Community .

Hesk, GCO, Syed, IA and Nkurunziza, W 2015, 'Our home our Salford: Transgressing the borders of social work education subtitle: In our back yard' , in: Collaborate to Widen Participation: to, through and Beyond Higher Education , Face and Contributors 2015 , Forum for Access and Continuing Education (FACE), pp. 153-166.

Hadi, J and Hesk, GCO 2015, 'Make a difference… to social work wducation' , Higher Education Academy , pp. 61-67.