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Pete Cooling

Senior Lecturer
School of Social Work, Care and Community
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Pete is course lead for the BA in Social Work, module lead and teaches across a range of subjects related to social work and social care. Pete has worked in Higher Education since 2008 and has experience of teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Prior to joining the University of Central Lancashire in 2021, he has experience of leading both qualifying and post qualifying courses. He is a Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Pete qualified as a social worker in 1996 and throughout his career worked within statutory mental health settings across Greater Manchester. He had a particular interest in working with individuals who had a mental health diagnosis but who were reluctant to engage with services. In 2004 Pete completed specialist Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) training to work with individuals with a psychosis. He worked in Assertive Outreach Teams within Greater Manchester and was a Team Manager prior to entering Higher Education in 2008. Pete has led on the development of both AMHP and BIA CPD programmes for other Universities. Likewise, he has worked with health colleagues predominately in primary care looking at safeguarding adults. Pete continues to be registered as a social worker with Social Work England.

Prior to qualifying as a social worker, Pete worked in the voluntary sector. He has an interest in homelessness and has volunteered for several projects including being a founding trustee of a local charity in Manchester and on the management board of a Housing Association in Newcastle. Pete has also worked for a national housing consultancy promoting the self-management of social housing.

  • PG Cert PCPD, University of Huddersfield, 2009
  • PG Dip (COPE) Family & Individual Cognitive Behaviour Therapy of Psychosis, Manchester University, 2004
  • MA (Econ) Social Work & Social Policy, Manchester University, 1998
  • DipSW, Manchester University, 1996
  • PG Dip Housing Management, Newcastle University, 1993
  • BA(Hons) Sociology & Social Policy, Newcastle University, 1990
  • Registration as a Social Worker with Social Work England
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority