Mrs Aga M. Buckley


I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Work and Social Care with particular responsibilities for teaching and learning in adult social care, mental health, social work theory and applied social work practice. I currently lead modules on MSW and BA Social Work, Working with Children & Young People: Social Pedagogy, and teach on Best Interest Assessor and Safeguarding Adults at Risk Post Qualifying Programmes. I am passionate about social work values and ethics, focusing on professional integrity and a humanist approach to practice, and a strong advocate of neurodiversity and inclusion. I am interested in developing professional expertise and capability among newly qualified social workers, promoting relationship-based and trauma-informed approaches while paying attention to the importance of practitioners' wellbeing. 

I am a Social Work England registered social worker with 20 years of practice experience. I practised at an advanced practitioner level in various roles (AMHP/BIA/Safeguarding Adults Manager). I also supervised and assessed Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs) on Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programmes. In my last local government position as a Principal Social Worker, I supported the role of social workers while providing professional leadership at a strategic organisational level, influencing decisions around workforce development and quality of practice.

I have a master's degree and a postgraduate diploma in Advanced Mental Health Practice, BA in Pedagogy (Social/Rehabilitation) and a Diploma in Social Work. I am a founding member of the Social Pedagogy Professional Association (SPPA), a member of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). My research interests include secondary trauma and compassion fatigue, and I currently study towards Doctor of Education (EdD) with Kingston University. I am a peer and book reviewer with the British Journal of Social Work and a Book Reviewer for Sage.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer


  • MA Advanced Mental Health Practice- Bournemouth University
  • PGDip Advanced Mental Health Practice (AMHP/BIA)- Bournemouth University
  • Graduate Award Consolidation in Specialist Mental Health Practice- Bournemouth University
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) Hons in Pedagogy, Social Readjustment- College of Higher Education in Humanistic Studies Gdansk, Poland
  • Diploma in Social Work-College of Social Work, Gdansk, Poland
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching and learning


SADRAS (Student Academic Development Research Associate Scheme) Project Leadership experience:

The 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; it was finalised earlier due to the Covid 19 pandemic outbreak. This 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.


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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

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Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

I have accepted a nomination for the role of External Examiner with the University of Manchester from October 2021. I will be supporting the work of academic staff on four modules: Applied Mental Health Law, Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE), Best Interest Assessor and Practice Portfolio.