Dr Carol Dicken


I am a qualified social worker and practice educator and worked in both local authority and voluntary sector organisations prior to becoming a lecturer at Kingston University in 1998. Starting as a generic neighbourhood social worker I have worked with adults, and with children and their families, later specialising in the field of drug and alcohol issues.

As a practice educator I ran a unit for student social workers within a voluntary sector drug service. Within the Department of Social Work and Social Care I am currently the strategic lead for practice education and course leader for the PGC Practice Education. I am also a tutor to Social Work students and a module leader teaching about reflection, critical analysis and the application of social work knowledge to practice.

  In June 2014 I was seconded to a role as Faculty Lead for Practice Education and following this I was Director of Practice Education for the School of Allied Health, Midwifery and Social Care from 2016-2020 with strategic overview of the practice education activities which are an essential part of the qualifying courses for the professions in the School.

I have a strong interest and commitment to interprofessional working and learning in practice and provide a social work perspective as a committee member of the National Association of Educators in Practice (NAEP). I am also a member of the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE).

I am also a member of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) Professional Capabilities and Development Practice Policy and Education Group (PPEG) and contributed to the refresh of the Practice Educators Professional Standards (PEPS).

I have completed an Education Doctorate investigating Interprofessional Practice Learning. 

Academic responsibilities

Associate Professor


  • Education Doctorate
  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • MA Social Work Education and Training
  • GSCC Advanced Award in Social Work
  • Practice Teachers' Award (CCETSW)
  • CCETSW Certificate of Qualification in Social Work

Teaching and learning

My main focus is ensuring that social work students are facilitated to receive good quality practice learning opportunities where they are supported to achieve high standards of social work practice and are assessed fairly. I work with the operational leads for Practice education for each of our programmes to embed policies and  procedures based on good practice. 

I am course leader for the Post graduate Certificate in Practice Education programme which enables qualified and experienced social workers to achieve the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) Practice Education Professional Standards (PEPS). 

I teach Critical Analysis skills to BA, MSW and Step Up to Social Work students. 

As a Senior Fellow of the HEA, I support the KAPS scheme in the university as a Panel member

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught