Prof. Aidan Worsley

Professor of Social Work

Faculty of Business, Law and Applied Social Studies

Harrington Building, HA327

+44 (0) 1772 89 2514

Subject Areas: Business and Management, Criminology and Policing, Education, Law, Marketing and Public relations, Social Care, Social Work, Sport Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Professor Aidan Worsley is a qualified social worker, with a background in criminal justice work and wide experience as an academic manager, external examiner, active researcher and has published widely. He has provided training and consultancy to a wide range of organisations across the health and social care sectors.

Aidan is research active within the area of social work and social policy.


Full Profile

Aidan began his social work career with voluntary work in welfare rights and Victim Support settings before gaining his social work qualification at the University of East Anglia. He then worked as a Probation Officer for Greater Manchester Probation Service for ten years in roles to do with young offenders, groupwork, community development and general adult supervision. He worked for his last two years with GMPS as a Senior Probation Officer for qualifying training. From here he moved to Stockport Social Services helping manage professional development for staff. He moved into academic settings in 1999 with LJMU. From there he became Head of Social Work at MMU and was Chair of the National Organisation for Practice Teaching from 2001 to 2004. He gained his Chair at the University of Chester in 2005.

Aidan enjoys a wide variety of research interests. He has a national reputation in social work practice learning and his first published book was on that theme. More recently he has looked at issues surrounding social work research – particularly practitioner research 'Doing Social Work Research' (2010) and service user led research. His most recent book is 'Innovations in Social Work Research’ (2015), He has written a number of articles on related themes including interprofessional practice learning, community engagement in social work education and social work generally.

He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning and was an advisor to GSCC’s (2007) Suitability for Social Work. Until recently he was President of the Association of Professors of Social Work and has previously been a member of the Social Work Reform Board. He has worked as a Reviewer for The College of Social Work and the Health and Care Professions Council. He is keen on social media and can be found @aidanworsley



BSc (Hons) Social Science and Administration London School of Economics, 1983
MA (Social Work) University of East Anglia, 1987
Practice Teaching Award, Salford University, 1993
M.Phil University of Manchester, 2004


McLaughlin, K., Leigh, J. & Worsley, A. (2015) The State of Regulation in England: From the General Social Care Council to the Health and Care Professions Council. British Journal of Social Work. Advance Access, published online 12/04/15

Mayall, H., O’Neil, T., Worsley, A., Deveraux, R., Ward, S., Lynch, D. (2014) The Experience of Care Leavers (Post-care Adults) in Social Work Education. Social Work Education: The International Journal Vol 34 (2) Feb 2015, 151-164

Hardwick, L & Worsley, A. (2011) The Invisibility of Practitioner Research. Practice. Vol 23 (3) 135-146

Mason, T., Worsley, A, Coyle, D. (2010) Forensic multidisciplinary perspective on Tarasoff liability: A vignette study. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology Vol 21 (4) 549-554

More publications


Grants awarded

Practitioner Research Project (2010/11)

Support and evaluation of a series of Practitioner Research projects

University of Liverpool £7K

Newly Qualified Social Workers in the Northwest (2010)

Research into the progress of the NQSW programme in the North West for adults side social workers

Skills for Care £7K

Foxton Centre Evaluation (2010)

Research into services provided for street sex workers in the Preston area.

Lancashire County Council £5K

Dissertations and Dyslexia (2008/9)

Research into professional programme (social work, nursing and teacher training) students with dyslexia and their dissertations, support, aids and outcomes.

University of Chester £10K

Research Methods for Heath and Social Care Practitioners (2007/8)

Production of a DVD and workbook on research methods for practitioners.

University of Chester Knowledge Transfer Funding £10K

PQ Innovation Project (2006-2008)

Service user led research on social work post qualifying provision in mental health.

Skills for Care £18K

PQ Developments (2007)

Research and programme development of post qualifying and continuing professional development in social work.

General Social Care Council £17K

European Exchange (2006/7)

A project examining the experience of social work students from Hungary working with a local employer.

Cheshire County Council £15K


  • Membership of Professional and Learned Bodies
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy, 2008
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Registered Social Worker
  • Member of the College of Social Work

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Aidan teaches on a small number of modules, largely around practice education and research methods.