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Lisa Wardle

Lisa Wardle

Deputy Head of Department

School of Social Sciences


Principal Lecturer - Social Work, Care and Community

Lisa Wardle is a Principal Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. She has operational and strategic responsibility for a portfolio of courses, including Undergraduate courses in Youth Work, Youth Development and Youth Justice and Postgraduate courses in Youth Work Leadership and Practice, and Career Leadership and Guidance. The team are also contracted to deliver Career Leadership training by the DfE, via the Career and Enterprise Company.

Lisa line manages a team of lecturers and senior lectures, who in addition to delivering teaching and learning activities are actively engaged in research and practice based networks.

Lisa has a number of cross departmental roles and has a particular interest in staff development and staff wellbeing, student experience and quality standards.

Career overview

Prior to joining NTU, Lisa had a long career of working with young people, in a variety of settings. Initially as a Youth and Community worker, she then qualified as a Career Guidance professional and Connexions Personal Adviser, and worked as a practitioner, manager and consultant across a range of informal, statutory, further education settings.

She then worked as a KS4 Pastoral manager and became a National Specialist Leader in Behaviour and Attendance. Within this role she was instrumental in developing and operationalising a whole school approach to improve attendance, behaviour, engagement and educational outcomes.

Following this she became the Disability Officer and Manager for Student Support Services in an FE college. Here she managed a large team with responsibility for specialist teaching; learning support; mentoring; counselling; mental health; student voice; student involvement; enrichment; chaplaincy; volunteering; careers advice; employability and work experience.

Press expertise

Youth Work

Youth Justice

Youth support services

Career Guidance and Career Education

Alternative education and school exclusion

Working with families and communities

Course(s) I teach on