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School of Health and Society

Angela Olsen



Angela Olsen is a Lecturer in Social Work and learning disability studies for the University of Salford. Angela was nominated for the best teacher and shortlisted for the best tutor in the Salford Student Union awards for the last two years, and was delighted to be part of the teams that received the Vice-Chancellor's distinguished teaching awards in 2016 and 2017.

During 39 years working with people with learning disabilities Angela has been committed to delivering person centred approaches to support and education of people with learning disabilities. She has held several managerial posts in the fields of learning disabilities and the care of older people with dementias. She has also spent some time as a free lance trainer in adult Safeguarding.

Angela is a board member for the international journal 'Groupwork'. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, cooking, and swimming.


I teach social work skills including, assessment, communication, social work theory and group work.

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

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

  • FHEA since 2000.
  • HCPC SW55984.
  • 2004 MA Learning Disability Studies (from University of Salford).
  • 2004 AASW Advanced Award in Social Work (from GSCC).
  • 1997 PG Practice Teaching Award (from GSCC).
  • 1988 Social Work Certificate in Social Service (from CCETSW).


Olsen, A., Pepe, A. and Redfearn, D. (2017), 'a-z of learning disabilities'. London :Palgrave

Olsen, A., Majeed-Harris, R., Teniola, S. & White, C. (2017), Improving service responses for people with learning disabilities who have been sexually assaulted: An audit of forensic services. | Accepted: 28 June 2017 DOI: 10.1111/bld.12200

Olsen, A. (2017) More than pictures: who sets the agenda for sexuality education for people with learning disabilities? Tizard Learning Disability Review Article ID: TLDR591980

Olsen, A. & Carter, C. (2016) "Responding to the needs of people with learning disabilities who have been raped: co-production in action", Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 21 Iss: 1, pp.30 – 38

Worsley, A., Mann, T., Olsen, A. & Mason- Whitehead E. (2013) 'Key Concepts in Social Work Practice', London : Sage.

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