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BA (Hons) CQSW Practice Teachers Award PGDip (Ethics) MSc
Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
+44 (0) 1865 488163
Marston Road - MR1.50
Maxine is one of four Department Heads in the Faculty of Health and Life Science.
Heads of Department provide day to day leadership and management of the Departments and oversee the implementation of the strategic aims of both the Faculty and the wider University.
Maxine is a registered Social Worker with the HCPC, and has ten years’ experience working directly with vulnerable families within a child protection context, four years as an inter-agency child protection trainer, and twelve years as a senior lecturer/principal lecturer with the Social Work programme at Brookes.
Her first degree is in Applied Social Science (Social Policy), and she has a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work, a Social Work Practice Teachers Award, a PGDip in Applied Ethics, a Masters in Higher Professional Education and an ILM Award in Leadership and Management. She is currently undertaking a PhD at Lancaster University within the Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation.
At the 2016 Brookes Student Union Teaching Awards, Maxine won the Most Inspirational Lecturer category. In September 2016, Maxine took over as the Interim Head of Department for Psychology, Social Work and Public Health, and, following a Faculty restructure, she became the Head of Department for Psychology, Health and Professional Development in August 2017.
Currently teaching Advanced Research Design in the UK and as Module Lead for Hong Kong Flying Faculty
Dissertation Supervision for Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care (PG) and Paramedic Science (UG)
Leadership and Management in Higher Professional Education
Higher Education Policy
Values Based Practice
Professional Suitability/Professional Communication
Safeguarding Vulnerable People
Registered Social Worker with the Health & Care Professions Council
Member of the British Association of Social Workers
Member of the Institute of Leadership & Management
Member of the Society for Research into Higher Education
Skills for Care South East Regional Social Work Conference, March 2010, London
Placement Rotation - Feasibility Study
Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board Annual Conference 'Don't Neglect Neglect', June 2010, Oxford
European Conference for Social Work Research March 2011, Oxford University
Cohort analysis; evaluating the role of service users and carers in the assessment of professional suitability in first year social work undergraduates
Education Colloquium - National and International Perspectives on Education, Oxford Brookes University, June 2014
'Making the Road by Walking' - Using Community Based Participatory Research within an educational setting in rural Kenya