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Suzanna Pickering

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

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Suzanna Pickering

T: 01473 338536


MA Advanced Social Work Practice and Planning
BA Hons. Social Science
Dip Social Work

Career Overview

Suzanna began her career in Social Work in 1980 working in a range of settings mostly within the statutory sector in the London Boroughs and for a short period in a Suffolk Child Care team. She began teaching on the Diploma in Social Work course in Suffolk in 2001 transferring to the BA in Social Work in line with national changes in 2005. Suzanna is Year 3 Lead for the BA in Social Work.  Her area of expertise in social work training lies in Developmental Psychology, Community Development and Communication skills.  Suzanna also acts as a lead tutor for Social Work and Health in inter-professional learning for undergraduate degrees and the MSc in Crime and Community Safety.  

In 2006 Suzanna began working with a team in the Gambia to launch a Social Work qualification offering training to six west African countries. The course continues to flourish and she maintains strong links with the University of the Gambia.  Suzanna is currently engaged in an exchange programme with Saxion University in the Netherlands and continues to take a lead role in developing further international links for the University of Suffolk.

In 2013 Suzanna stood as representative for the East of England on the Fellowship Council and Vice Chair on the East of England Team for the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce. In 2011 she co-ordinated RSA events at UCS and also contributed to organising a Lecture Series for the School of Applied Social Sciences.  

In 2013 Suzanna was acknowledged for her contribution to the No School an Island,  Suffolk education inquiry final report by the RSA, Action and Research Centre.

Suzanna has gone on to develop her work within education linking with regional employment opportunities.  She has been part of innovative workshops with the creative industries and the renewable energy sector to identify and match skills in order to raise aspirations, ambitions and opportunities for young people in the region. 


Community Development both in Suffolk and in West Africa, Education and Employability, Social Work skills, Post traumatic growth/Back to Life work

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