Ms Liz Clarke

BA Modern European Studies, PG Diploma Mental Health Studies, MA/DipSW Applied Social Studies, Masters in Public Administration

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

Liz Clarke


I am currently the Subject Coordinator for the BA Social Work Degree course which involves having some oversight of the programme structure and delivery. I am also involved as Module Leader for a number of the UG modules and for a PG module. I am also partly responsible for recruiting and supporting Practice Educators who support our social work students on placement.

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • Social Work First Placement
  • Evidence in professional Practice
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable People
  • Professional Communication and Skills Development

Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council

Further details

Other experience

  • Child Protection Social Worker
  • Manager of mental health service in the Voluntary Sector
  • Independent Practice Educator

I started working for mental health services (Nottingham Advocacy Group, MIND, Oxfordshire Mental Health Matters, etc.) in the Voluntary sector 20 years ago and completed a PGCert from Anglia Ruskin University in Mental Health Studies in 1999. I trained as a Social Worker and qualified with a Masters in Applied Social Studies and a Diploma in Social Work from Oxford University in 2003.

I went on to manage an adult mental health voluntary sector service in South Oxfordshire for 5 years. I then practiced as a Children and Families Social Worker in Oxford City and Banbury for a year and then as a Child Protection Social Worker in South Oxfordshire for 4 years. I graduated with a MA in Public Administration from Warwick University in 2013.

For the past 10 years, I have acted as an Independent Practice Educator for Social Work students on placement. I joined the Social Work teaching team at Oxford Brookes University in November 2014. I also work as a part-time Tutor in Social Work at Ruskin College.