Welcome from the School of Health and Social Work

Dr Julia Warrener

Interim Dean

Julia Warrener Interim Dean

Our School is friendly, diverse, dynamic and enterprising  and we seek to deliver exceptional learning for all our students.

We look not just for academic skills but for individual strengths and abilities that will contribute to the values of your chosen profession. We are a large School but our focus is on your personal journey. Our teaching is innovative, research-informed and takes place in excellent facilities, using simulation centres to build your confidence and develop your skills in clinical practice.

Like many of our academic staff, I am still a registered practitioner. I am a social worker by background and have worked for the University for many years, securing my PhD in 2017 and becoming Deputy Dean in 2019.  I am committed to the University’s values and have dedicated my professional career to promoting opportunities and challenging constraints across many different areas of discrimination and inequality.

One of the School’s strengths is our partnerships with health and social care service users, patients and their families who are involved in developing our curriculum and delivering our research portfolio. This ensures our programmes and research remain relevant, fit for purpose and sustainable in response to the many diverse challenges in the health and social care sector.

Our partnerships with NHS providers, local authorities, private and voluntary sector are also vital, as our partners in your learning journey and your future employers. The majority of our students undertake clinical placements, gaining real insight from working in a clinical environment. Our students’ success in the health and social work professions is shown in our graduate employability rate, which is currently 97.9%.

As Interim Dean I am passionate about ensuring that every one of our students has the opportunity to develop and flourish, ensuring that you will make a valued contribution to improve lives and safeguard people's futures.   Our aim as a School is to make your learning experience here the very best it can be.