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Julie Smiles

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Lecturer in Social Work and Admissions Tutor

My engagement with the University of Sunderland started in 2003 when I enrolled as a part-time student on the BA (Hons) Social Work course. I graduated in 2007 and worked within Safeguarding Children and Safeguarding Adults Teams. While continuing to support the Social Work courses by participating in workshops, teaching sessions, interviewing applicants and as a practice educator to BA students, it was therefore a privilege as well as an excellent career opportunity to be offered a lecturers post in September 2017.

Teaching and supervision

As well as fulfilling my role as Admissions Tutor for both the BA and MA Social Work courses, I also teach on both. I am Module Leader for Level 4 Skills for Practice and Theory and Practice on the BA course and teach across Level 4, 5 and 6.

I also teach MA students in my area of expertise. I am personal tutor for some Level 4, 5 and 6 students as well as supporting others while they are out on placements.

Research interests for potential research students

  • Safeguarding adults - particularly self neglect, hoarding, mental capacity, deprivation of liberty safeguards
  • Safeguarding children
  • Whole family approach
  • Social work law
  • Social inclusion
  • Safeguarding adults
  • Self neglect
  • Hoarding
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Modern Day Slavery
  • Domestic abuse
  • Mental capacity
  • Deprivation of liberty safeguards (Best Interest Assessor)
Apart from my family my other passion is Northern Soul - both the culture and the music - and along with my partner and friends you will regularly find me at local, national and international Northern Soul venues, although my dancing abilities have slowly declined over the years. My partner and I also love travelling - both home and abroad - and love the outdoors. We enjoy nothing more than packing the car up with our walking or camping gear on a weekend and heading off for some fresh air.

I also volunteer with North East Homeless (NEH) registered charity who provide food, clothing, outreach support and advice to not only those who are homeless but also those who are living in poverty in and around the North East.

Last updated 11 June 2019