Su McCaughan

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Allerton C606

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Current positions

Lecturer in Social Work ( Practice Learning)


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.

Areas of research

Practice Education, Retention of Social Workers


My teaching reflects my social work practice experience and research interests. 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 teach qualified social workers on the Practice Educator for Professional Standards For Social Work course.

I am an off-site practice educator.

Teaching Interests

  • Practice Education
  • Professional Practice
  • Student Experience
  • Quality Assurance Processes
  • Community Engagement

Research Interests

  • Practice education
  • The role of non traditional placements in providing quality placements - including direct engagement with young people (aged 16 to 26) on their perception of being supported by student social workers 
  • The role of the criminal justice system in social work
  • Collaboration with the student body
  • Mental health practice education services
  • Salford CYP Heif project - Collaborating with young people to develop the CYP@Salford strategy for inclusion and participation in education and research activity. Direct engagement with young people (aged 13 to 16)
  • Recent activity: Promoting diversity and inclusiveness in dementia services in Salford. The experience of black students in practice education. HEIF Community Engagement project. Developing student recording skills in electronic systems.

Qualifications and Memberships


  • University of Salford PostGraduate Certificate in Higher Education and Research (2009)
  • University of Salford Practice Teachers Award (2007)
  • Sheffield University Post Graduate Certificate Women's Studies (1990)
  • Sheffield Hallam University BA (Hons) Applied Social Studies with CQSW (1984)


  • I am a registered social worker with the HCPC (registration number: SW81506) and a HCPC
  • CPD assessor
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (2013)