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Aisha Howells

Lecturer in Social Work


Aisha Howells


Twitter: @Howbells


Aisha is a registered social worker with 13 years’ experience of working within social care. Aisha started her career as a residential worker and volunteer for the Youth Offending Team.  Aisha’s direct practice experience involves working within a children and young people with disabilities service and has worked across areas including child protection, children in care and children in need.  Aisha is also experienced in the supervision of learning and assessment for both Newly Qualified Social Workers and student social workers.

Aisha’s previous role as a Practice Education Co-ordinator for a local statutory authority involved the responsibility of developing, facilitating and leading the practice education programme and strategy across both Adult Social Care and Children & Families.  Aisha undertook many duties within this strategic role including establishing a framework of support for practice educators, on-site supervisors, managers and students; developing a quality assurance framework process and delivery of training.


  • PgCert Academic Practice
  • MA Advanced Social Work
  • MA Social Work
  • PgCert Dynamics of Domestic Violence
  • Practice Education in Social Work (PEPS 2)
  • BA (Hons) European Business

Professional Membership

  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • British Association of Social Workers (BASW)
  • Social Work Action Network (SWAN)
  • Regional Co-ordinator for the Centre for Social Work Practice (CfSWP)
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellow

Areas of Interest

  • Creative social work
  • Relationship-based social work
  • Resilience & Research
  • The impact of trauma
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Practitioner well-being
  • Practice Education
  • Student Experience
  • Individuals experiences

Editorial Board

Peer Reviewer, Journal of Practice Teaching & Learning

Peer Reviewer, Qualitative Social Work


Book Chapters

Howells, A. (2019) IDEAS, Domestic Abuse & Social Work in Dix, H, Hollinrake, S. and Meade, J. (ed.) Relationship-based Social Work with Adults. St Albans: Critical Publishing Ltd.

Journal Articles

Bald, C. and Howells, A. (2019) Professionalising social work education without losing our soul: A critical reflection on the role and purpose of practice placements in the context of Teaching Partnerships, Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning, 15 (3).


Howells, A. (2019) Student Hubs: an evaluation of the support for social work students’ well-being and development of professional resilience in a Teaching Partnership, Learning and Teaching Day. University of Suffolk, 22 May 2019.

Howells, A. and Bald, C. (2019) “This is my Oasis”: personal and collective approaches to developing professional resilience using mindfulness and the student hubs model (Presentation), GuildHE Wellbeing in Higher Education Symposium. Woburn House, Euston, 21 May 2019.

Howells, A. (2018) ‘Graphic Facilitation’, Practice Education Conference 2019: Super Vision = Super Reflection. University of Suffolk, 16 May 2019.

Dix, H. & Howells, A. (2018) ‘Social Work - The IDEAS approach to effective practice' (Presentation), Approaches to reducing domestic abuse conference. IP-City Centre, 3 November 2018.

Howells, A. (2018) ‘Restorying Trauma’ (Presentation), Storytelling Conference 2018. University of Suffolk, 10 & 11 July 2018.

Howells, A. (2018) ‘Graphic Facilitation’, Practice Education Conference 2018: @SWKedu Being tech savvy in a digital world. University of Suffolk, 8 June 2018.

Howells, A. (2018) ‘Isolation & Connection’ (Workshop), Practice Learning Conference 2018. ARU, 9 May 2018.

Twitter: @Howbells