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About Nigel Horner

Nigel Horner is a Senior Academic in Social Work in College of Social Science and Head of the School of Health and Social Care. Nigel began his practice career in residential child care, before working in community development, mental health settings and then fostering and adoption before engaging in staff training and policy development. He has worked in higher education since 1995 and has been at the University of Lincoln since 2007.

Department Responsibilities

Nigel is engaged in the strategic leadership of the growing School of Health and Social Care that is working towards delivering an expanding range of qualifying and post qualifying programmes in Health and Social Care, Midwifery, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Paramedic Science, Physiotherapy and Social Work. The School also supports Health and Social Care research, scholarship and enterprise activities.  Nigel sits on the University ‘s Academic Board and External Examiner Committee and is a member of the College of Social Science Management Team.

Subject Specialism

Social Work and Social Welfare history. Social Work theory and practice interventions. Residential child care. Ageing and older people.


  • Senior Fellow — HEA, 2013
  • PGCE — NottinghamTrent University, 1994
  • Masters in Social Work — Nottingham University, 1991
  • CQSW / Post Graduate Diploma — Glasgow University, 1980
  • BA (Hons) Sociology — Durham University, 1976


External Examining:  Current: Keele University (Masters in Social Work) Previous: Sheffield Hallam University; Sunderland University, Robert Gordon University; Portsmouth University Member of Lincolnshire Excellent Ageing Steering Group Director, Adults Supporting Adults ( Member of Joint University Council Social work Education Committee Higher Education representative on the Social Work Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group

Degree Responsibilities

  • BSc - Social Work — 2007 to Present
  • MSc - Social Work — 2010 to Present
  • MA - ADVANCES Erasmus Mundus Social Work — 2013 to Present
  • BSc - Health and Social Care — 2010 to Present

Professional Affiliations

  • Joint University Council / Social Work Education Committee — Representative
  • HEA — Senior Fellow


Director of Adults Supporting Adults Member of Lincolnshire Excellent Ageing Steering Group