Nabeela Talib

BA in Sociology, MA in Social Work


Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work


I was a student on the Masters course in Social Work at Oxford Brookes University and returned onto the course to do some teaching once I had graduated as an associate lecturer. Since then, I have worked at Brookes as a teaching fellow and now a lecturer. I am involved in the Widening Participation team and act as the academic lead for the department. Due to my interest in topics of 'race',  racism, social exclusion and inequality, I have also set up a project catering to the needs of BME students on the course, working in partnership with students to ensure there is a platform for the students' voice to be heard. 

I am also involved in a project within the team looking to 'Decolonise the Curriculum' and make social work more accessible, inclusive and critical. 

Areas of expertise

  • Social Work with Asylum Seekers 
  • Social Work and Immigration Detention 

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

I teach across a variety of modules listed below. Some added teaching I do is extra workshops on topics of 'race' and racism in social work and gender and social work. My particular area of expertise and interest is looking at social work with asylum seekers and immigration detention. 

  • Skill Development and Professional Communication (postgraduate) 
  • Evidence in Professional Practice (undergraduate) - module leader
  • Social Work with Adults (undergraduate) - module leader 
  • Dissertation (undergraduate - supervision)


I worked alongside Louise Bunce, Naomi King and Sinitta Saran, looking at the experiences of Black and ethnic minority students on the course in relation to the wider national BME attainment gap in higher education.