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About Janet Walker

My working life began as a ‘Trainee Social Worker’, before qualifying as social worker in 1980. Subsequently I gained substantial practice experience in social work, as a practitioner and manager. This experience has spanned the statutory and voluntary sectors, and has included social work practice, family and therapeutic residential care and policy development and management of a large Training and Development Centre. I joined the University of Lincoln in 1992 as a Senior Lecturer before being appointed as a Principal Lecturer in 2007. I have experience of working in and research with other European countries in areas related both to teaching and learning and research in social work and application of social work policy into practice.

Department Responsibilities

I am a Deputy Head of School with responsibilities for undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral Programmes in health and social care and social work.  I am member of the School Leadership Group, working to support and develop strategic leadership and programme and research developments across the School. I teach on a number of Programmes, with a particular focus on research, comparative and international modules.

Subject Specialism

International social work/social care; social work and practice-based research and development; older people; children and families


  • Level 5 Leadership and Management — ILM, 2016
  • EdD Social Work Practice Education in Russia: Exploring Curriculum Change — University of Lincoln, 2014
  • Master in Education (MEd) — Open University, 2005
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning — Open University, 2003
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Social Care Management — Open University, 2002
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Training — University of Leicester, 1997
  • Certificate in Higher Education — University of Nottingham Trent, 1992
  • Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW)/Diploma in Social Work — Hull College of Higher Education, 1980


  • Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching — University of Lincoln,
  • Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching — University of Lincoln,


External Examiner, currently University of Christchurch Canterbury Chair Social Work Education Committee: International Sub-Committee Board Member: International Association Schools of Social Work (IASSW) SSWIM (Supporting Social Work in Malawi): Board Member

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Research Interests

  • International social work and social care

  • social work and practice-based research and developmen

  • Social work and social care practice

  • social work with children and families

  • social work with families

  • value based practice

Research Groups Memberships

Research Projects

  • Evaluation of the Lincolnshire Health and Well Being Strategy. — awarded £5000 by Lincolnshire Health and Well Being Board in 2012
  • Evaluation of the pilot Community Based Initiative for Older People: Hot Meals in School — awarded £5000 by Lincolnshire Health and Well Being Board in 2011
  • Phare Project Training for enhancing the skills to provide social services in Romania. — European Commission in
  • Integrating Children’s Perspectives in Policy-making to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion Experienced by Single Parent Families: A Transnational Comparative Approach’ — European Commission in
  • Erasmus Mundus MA Advanced Development in Social Work - International 2 year Master programme in partnership between five European Universities — European Commission in
  • Tempus project ‘Modernising Social Work Education and Teaching in Russia.’ — European Commission in
  • Tempus project Development of the Bachelor Curriculum in Social Work. A partnership between three universities in the Russian Federation and four European Universities. — European Commission in
  • Evaluation of the ‘Staying Well in Your Community’ Programme — Calderdale Council in
  • Developing a programme theory of integrated care: the effectiveness of Lincolnshire’s multidisciplinary Neighbourhood Teams in supporting older people with multi-morbidity — University of Lincoln Research Investment Fund in

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations