Kay Wall


Senior Lecturer in Social Work Studies

Department of Social Work and Paramedic Science

Contact Details

email: k.wall@worc.ac.uk

Kay's passion is working with, and for, adults and children who have offended, in particular giving them a voice. She has a keen interest in the needs of service personnel and in particular discharges from the military.

Kay is the only part-time tutor at the university, which allows her to continue to work alongside young people attending the Youth Offending Service and supervise students in the workplace as a practice educator.


  • MA Social Work
  • BA (Hons) Recreation and Community Studies
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Practice Education

Teaching & Research

Teaching interests

Kay is a module lead for one BA (Hons) Social Work module and one MA Social Work module:

  • BA programme: Understanding Research in Practice, a year two module looking at the importance of being a research-minded practitioner.
  • MA programme: Practice – Developing Capability. This is the first 70-day practice module for Year 1 students.

Kay also teaches individual sessions with a criminal justice focus across all years of the BA and MA social work programmes.

She is also a module lead for the Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS 1).

 Research interests

  • Young people and the criminal justice system
  • Ex-military personnel and the criminal justice system
  • Loss and bereavement and the connection to offending behaviour
  • Voices of people in the criminal justice system
  • Disability

Professional Bodies

  • GAPS member: Group for the Advancement of Psychodynamic Social Work
  • Social Work England: registered social worker
  • CCJS member: Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
  • HEA Fellow: Higher Education Academy



  • Kay Wall, (2015), ‘Decision Cases for Advanced Social Work Practice, Book Review, Journal of Social Work Practice, Vol 29, 4, December 2015, pp490-492
  • Presentation of paper: “Against the grain – a practice educators’ reflective experience”, Teaching and Learning conference, University of Worcester, 8th July 2015.
  • Presentation of paper: “Against the Grain – accepting that facilitating learning means that at times we need to adapt our preferred teaching styles”, HEA conference, Glasgow, 24th-25th February 2016.
  • Kay Wall (2018),” Educating Social Work Students against the Grain: Tutors accepting that facilitating learning means we need to adapt our preferred teaching styles”, Worcester Journal of Teaching and Learning, Issue 12, October 2018, pp 17-22
  • Ian Parkhill and Kay Wall, (2019), The Journey to Care – Reflections of a Service User. Disability & Society. ISSN Print 0968-7599 Online 1360-0508

External Responsibilities

  • Trustee of Evesham Street Pastors
  • Referral Order Panel member, West Mercia Youth Justice Service
  • Independent Practice Educator
  • External Examiner, Plymouth University