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Aisha Howells

Course Leader BA (Hons) Social Work & Senior Lecturer. Joint Course Leader (PgC in Social Work Practice Education)


Aisha Howells

School of Social Sciences and Humanities


Twitter: @Howbells

I am an enthusiastic and friendly member of the academic team who embraces change and whose love for social work is rooted in people’s stories – both the told and untold stories.  I am a registered Social Worker interested in understanding the world through a critical lens and believe in the importance of relationship-based practice. I am passionate about carrying out research that creates change for our Suffolk community and beyond, with a particular focus towards children and family social work, abuse, students and practice education.  I teach across all undergraduate levels and at Masters Level, and deliver training in several social work-related areas. 

Career Overview 

2022 - Current:

Course Leader and Senior Lecturer

2021  - 2022

Deputy Course Lead, BA (Hons) Social Work

2017 – Current:  

Lecturer, University of Suffolk 

Joint Course Leader, Post Graduate Certificate in Social Work Practice Education 

2017 – 2017:  

Practice Education Co-ordinator, Essex County Council 

  • Developed, facilitated and led the practice education programme and strategy across Adult Social Care, and Children and Families 
  • Developed the quality assurance framework process 
  • Produced practice learning guidance and other information as appropriate 
  • Oversaw all placements within the local authority and developed support mechanisms for Practice Educators, On-site supervisors and students 

2008 – 2017: 

Social Worker, Essex County Council 

  • Worked across a myriad of specialisations  
  • Experience of working within the legislative framework, policies and guidance 
  • Experience of working with children subject to Child in Need, Children in Care and Child Protection interventions 


  • PgCert Narrative Research  
  • 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