Ms Deborah Hadwin

Job: Senior Lecturer/ Practice Learning Cooordinator

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 257 7629



Personal profile

I began working as a senior lecturer in social work in October 2017 and am responsible for the practice learning element of the course programme.

As a registered social worker, I had 18 years experience in local authority as a social work practitioner, manager and educator. My main area of practice was children's social work, including working for a number of years with unaccompanied young people seeking sanctuary. For four years, just prior to starting at DMU, I was responsible for coordinating and delivering the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment programme for newly qualified social workers as well as delivering training on a number of other areas of social work practice.

I continue to take a keen interested in all things social work and social work education. I have just completed by PG Cert in Teaching and Learning in HE and am coming towards the end of my PhD researching unaccompanied young people reaching adulthood.

Research interests/expertise

I am current undertaking research (PhD) on local authority practice with unaccompanied young people as they approach and during early adulthood. 

Areas of teaching

I currently teach the Practice related modules on both the BA and MA programmes. I also deliver the Continuous Professional Development workshops for employees (Practice Educators) who support our students on placement in the workplace.


B. Soc Sc (Hons), MA/ Diploma Social Work, Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Post Graduate Diploma in Health and Social Care Management/Post Qualifying Higher Specialist Award, Post Graduate Diploma in Practice Learning and Assessment/ Practice Teaching Award, Post Qualifying Award in Social Work, Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Social Work Practice.

Courses taught

BA and MA Social Work.

Membership of external committees

Member of Asylum, Immigration and Trafficking Group - British Association of Social Work.

Membership of professional associations and societies

British Association of Social Work 2017 - current. 

Professional licences and certificates

Registered Social Worker, Social Work England (SW77008)

Consultancy work

Previously delivered training on a range of social work practice.