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I am a Master Social Work Course Leader and Postgraduate Researcher exploring lived experiences of compassion fatigue among early-career social workers. I teach social work theory, law, applied social work practice and social pedagogy. I am passionate about creativity and relational approaches in practice and I advocate for equity and neuro-inclusion. I am a member of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) Neurodivergent Social Worker Special Interest Group and Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) Advisory Group. I support the university's Network of Equality Champions, Social Justice and Inclusion Special Interests Group and EDI Action Group.
I qualified as a social worker in 1999 with a Diploma in Social Work and a degree in Social Pedagogy and I specialised in mental health over the years. I have a Master's in Advanced Mental Health Practice and worked as an Approved Mental Health Professional and Best Interests Assessor, Practice Lead and Principal Social Worker in local authorities and NHS before joining Kingston University's Department of Social Work and Social Care in 2016. I am an External Examiner with the University of Manchester for their post-qualifying courses.
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and a lifelong learner. My interest in novel ways students and staff learn from each other led to my secondment with Academic Staff Development in the Education Directorate, where I supported colleagues to gain recognition of AdvanceHE under the Professional Standards Framework (PSF) for teaching and learning in Higher Education.
Master Social Work Course Leader
"Through Their Eyes: Compassion Fatigue among NQSWs": current
I am a Postgraduate Researcher and a Doctoral Candidate at Kingston University. My research study received a favourable ethical opinion from the Kingston University Ethics Research Committee (application number: 3149) and is supervised by Dr Melania Calestani and Professor Kathy Curtis. I combined the Hermeneutic Phenomenological lens with an adaptation of the Photovoice in my qualitative research design to research the lived experiences of compassion fatigue among early-career social workers in England.
The Joint Social Work Education and Research Conference (JSWEC) in Glasgow, hosted by the University of Strathclyde on 15th and 16th June 2023. I presented a short series of posters titled "When Heidegger meets Freire..." based on my doctoral research design, winning joint first prize for the best poster award by the JSWEC Scientific Committee. Poster available at Research Gate: DOI:10.13140/RG.2.2.14176.46089.
Interdisciplinary Learning Project: SADRAS (2019-2020)
I co-led SADRAS (Student Academic Development Research Associate Scheme) Inter-disciplinary Learning Project focused on a small-scale study designed and completed jointly with students and colleagues from the School of Nursing as part of the project team. The project received a favourable ethics opinion from the Kingston University Ethics Research Committee and was conducted between November 2019 and June 2020; it was finalised earlier due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The study provided insight into the inter-professional communication between students from different disciplines, contributing to the development of inter-disciplinary culture in helping professions across the Schools and Faculty. An article sharing the study findings was published by The Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning DOI: 10.1921/jpts.v18i1-2.1589.
BASW Neurodivergent Social Workers Special Interest Group, Solomon, Deb, McCabe, Jenni, Symonds, Sandy, Buckley, Aga and Grimm, David (2023) Neurodistinct social workers need allyship. Professional Social Work, Mar/Apr, p. 35.
Buckley, Aga [Reviewer] (2022) Book Review of 'Errors and mistakes in child protection. International discourses, approaches and strategies' edited by Kay Biesel, Judith Masson, Nigel Parton and Tarja Pösö. The British Journal of Social Work, ISSN (print) 0045-3102 (Epub Ahead of Print)
Buckley, Aga M., Richardson, Sally, Newcombe, Sophie and Dobrzycka, Marzena (2021) What professional language do you speak? Exploring inter-disciplinary communication with nursing and social work students via SADRAS Project initiative. The Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning, 18(1-2), ISSN (print) 1759-5150
Buckley, Aga M [Reviewer] (2020) Book Review of 'Writing analytical assessments in social work, 2nd edn' by Chris Dyke. The British Journal of Social Work, ISSN (print) 0045-3102 (Epub Ahead of Print)
Buckley, Aga M., Alice, Cat and Mad Hatter (2023) Bona Fide : neither specious nor counterfeit...more often sincere than genuine, yet always 'in good faith'. In: Maclean, Siobhan and Bentley-Simon, Kelly, (eds.) Emergence : hidden narratives from neurodivergent social workers. Lichfield, U.K. : Kirwin Maclean Associates. pp. 124-128. ISBN 9781912130764
Buckley, Aga, Calestani, Melania and Curtis, Katherine (2023) When Heidegger meets Freire. In: JSWEC 2023: Social Work Education, Research and Practice in Turbulent Times; 15-16 Jun 2023, Glasgow, U.K..
Buckley, Aga M. (2023) Cultivating range in educational developer role. In: SEDA Spring Conference 2023 : The role of the educational developer in an ever-evolving landscape; 19 May 2023, Held online. (Unpublished)
Solomon, Deb, Hawker, Max, Morgan, Miranda, Buckley, Aga and Bentley-Simon, Kelly (2023) The neurodivergent practitioner : an atypical experience of social work. In: Social Work England : Social Work Week 2023; 20-24 Mar 2023, Held online. (Unpublished)
I am appointed as an External Examiner with the University of Manchester, since 2021. I support the work of academic staff on several level 7 modules at the Approved Mental Health Professional Course.