Jill Berrisford

Jill Berrisford

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Social Work and Health


Jill is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Science. She is the Course Leader for the BA Hons in Social Work and is module leader for Life Course Development in Social Context on the BA and MA in Social Work courses. She also teaches on the Legal and Statutory Responsibility Module for the BA and Law and Social Policy for the MA in Social Work. Jill is a tutor on the Promoting Good Outcomes Through Adoption CPD module for qualified social workers. In addition to these teaching and leadership roles, she is a Personal Tutor for a number of students on the BA and MA courses.

Career overview

Before joining NTU Jill worked as a Team Manager for Nottinghamshire County Council in the Learning and Development Department. In this role she commissioned and managed post qualifying teaching for social workers and other professionals such as occupational therapists. Prior to this she worked as a social worker for 20 years, primarily with children and families within both statutory and voluntary organisations. For a number of years Jill was an independent professional member of an Adoption Panel.

Research areas

In 2010, Jill contributed to the Key Themes in Health and Social Care book published by Routledge in 2011. During 2011 and 2012 she was involved in an evaluation of the work of Spiral, a voluntary agency in Nottingham offering bereavement services to children and families within the region. This resulted in a paper being presented at conference in April 2012. Previous research Jill has undertaken is an attitudinal survey of foster carers working for Nottinghamshire County Council in regard to dealing with children who had been sexually abused which was written up as a dissertation as part of my MA in Social Work.

Jill is currently working on producing a DVD with Nottinghamshire Children Looked After to be used in teaching on the social work course.

External activity

Jill is currently an external examiner with Lincoln University for their MSc in Advanced Professional Social Work Practice.

Sponsors and collaborators

The BA (Hons) Social Work Course of which Jill is course leader works closely with the following agencies:

  • Nottingham City Council
  • Nottinghamshire County Council
  • Derbyshire County Council
  • Framework