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I am a Senior Lecturer currently seconded to the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Centre to support various academic workforce development programmes across the university. I am passionate about creativity, relationship-based and humanistic approaches in teaching practice, much influenced by my background in mental health social work and social pedagogy. I am a Senior Fellow of Higher Education (SFHEA) and I currently study for a Doctor of Education (EdD) at Kingston University.
I joined Kingston University's Department of Social Work and Social Care in 2016, initially teaching on post-qualifying programmes, later leading modules on postgraduate and undergraduate Social Work programmes and Working with Children & Young People: Social Pedagogy. My areas of expertise include social work theory, applied social work practice and legislation (mental health and mental capacity). I also led the development and coordination of the Teaching Consultants role (highly skilled social work practitioners) supporting teaching and learning across social work and social care courses (Developing Together Teaching Partnership).
I am Social Work England registered social worker and social pedagogue with 20 years of practice experience. I have a Master's and a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Mental Health Practice (AMHP/BIA), with an undergraduate degree in Pedagogy (Social/Rehabilitation), and Diploma in Social Work. I practised at an advanced practitioner level in various roles within local authorities and NHS Mental Health Trusts, inclusive of Practice Lead roles and Principal Social Worker (Adults & Children) influencing decisions around quality of social work practice and workforce development (CPD, ASYE).
I am an advocate of neurodiversity and inclusion and an active member of the British Association of Social Workers: Professionals with Neurodiversity Special Interest Group. I am a member of the Network of Equality Champions and Faculty's Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Action Group with the university.
Senior Lecturer in Learning and Teaching, Social Work & Social Pedagogy
I am an EdD Student with Kingston University in the research phase of the course. The research focuses on the lived experience of Compassion Fatigue amongst Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs). This qualitative research study involves Hermeneutic Phenomenological methodology with an adaptation of Photovoice and is currently in the ethics approval stage.
I co-led SADRAS (Student Academic Development Research Associate Scheme) Inter-disciplinary Learning Project focused on a small-scale research study designed and completed jointly with colleagues from the School of Nursing and student researchers as part of the project team. The project received a favourable opinion on ethics and was conducted between November 2019-June 2020, and it was finalised earlier due to the Covid 19 pandemic. The study provided an interesting insight into the inter-professional communication between students from different professional courses, supporting the development of other inter-disciplinary teaching activities offered to students in helping professions across the Schools and Faculty. Article describing the research study and its findings was published on 04/08/2021 and it is available in the The Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning- DOI: 10.1921/jpts.v18i1-2.1589.
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 [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)
I am currently appointed as an External Examiner with the University of Manchester. I support the work of academic staff on several modules in the Approved Mental Health Professional Course.