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Mr Steve Edkins

Job: Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

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

T: +44 (0)116 207 8713




Personal profile

Steven Edkins has extensive experience working in both voluntary and statutory mental health services as a social worker. He was an approved social worker under the powers of the Mental Health Act 1983(2007).

His interest in social work teaching initially led him into teaching students on practice placements and he subsequently qualified as a social work Practice Educator. Steven then moved into undergraduate teaching on the BA (Hons) Social Work course here at De Montfort University. He has attained a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and he is now looking to commence the Masters in Research here at DMU.

His main teaching responsibilities are social work law and policy and practice placements but he teaches across a wide selection of course modules.

He has been a Programme Leader for the past 3 years and has recently been responsible for leading the team through the revalidation of the programme and endorsement by the College of Social Work in line with recent national developments in social work education.

Research interests/expertise

  • Social work practice in mental health
  • Challenging discrimination experienced by people with mental health difficulties
  • Professional practice in mental health
  • Social exclusion and mental health

Areas of teaching

  • Social work law and policy
  • Professional values
  • Applying academic knowledge to practice
  • Professional decision making
  • Dissertation module
  • Inter-professional education
  • Practice placements


  • BA (Hons) Business Studies
  • Diploma in Social Work
  • Post qualifying award in Social Work
  • Approved Social Worker
  • Practice educator award
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education

Courses taught

  • BA (Hons) Social Work

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council

Professional licences and certificates

  • DipSW
  • PQSW
  • ASW
  • Practice Educator in social work