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Paul brakeman

Paul Blakeman

Principal Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Social Work and Health


Paul is the programme lead for the MA Social Work prequalification course, and the MA Advanced Social Work Practice CPD framework. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Module Leader.  Paul teaches on several modules throughout the three programmes and is a Personal Tutor. He also peer reviews for several academic journals and is an External Examiner for a social work programme. As part of his role, Paul is an active part of the N2D2 Social Work Academy of Excellence and is the Departmental Lead for Internationalisation. Paul is also a reviewer for applicants to the Higher Education Academy and sits on the School Learning and Teaching Commitee. .

Career overview

From 1995 onwards, Paul has worked as both a nurse and social worker in the field of adult mental health. He has practiced in primary, secondary and tertiary areas of speciality, as well as acute in-patient and community settings. Paul is a qualified psychological therapist who has worked within NHS secondary care mental health services. He also has extensive experience of care coordination, where he worked predominantly with people who experience complex difficulties.

Research areas

Paul focuses on pedagogical research. He has been published in the fields of virtual reality, social work theory, and international social work education. He has represented NTU at both national and international conferences.

External activity

  • Registered Social Worker with Social Work England
  • Peer reviewer for several academic journals
  • External Examiner for social work programme
  • N2D2 Post-graduate hub representative

Sponsors and collaborators

Paul works within the N2D2 teaching partnership Social Work Academy of Excellence, which is comprised of several local agencies from health and social care, Derby Univeristy and the University of Nottingham.