Shelley Briggs

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Harrington Building, HA303

+44 (0) 1772 89 3467

Shelley comes to education from a career in Social Work Practice that started in Scotland’s National Prison for Sex Offenders and moved across the Atlantic to Mental Health Services in Northern Canada. Shelley started teaching for the local community college in Northern British Columbia moving back to the UK in 2006 to teach Social Work in Leicester. Shelley came to Uclan in January 2009 providing a range of teaching in the School of Social Work.

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Affairs at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.

In 1997 she completed her Masters in Social Work in Dundee, Scotland, specialising in Criminal Justice Social Work. Shelley’s masters research was ‘Rural Provision of Criminal Justice Services’ focussing the study on the Scottish Highlands. Her first post as a qualified Social Worker was in Peterhead Prison (Scotland’s National Prison for Sex Offenders).

Shelley returned to Canada and practiced in Mental Health and Addiction Services, in Northern Ontario and Northern British Columbia. Practicing in a remote, rural community reinforced Shelley’s interest in rural practice, where innovation and creativity are required to manage complex cases and challenging cases with limited professional resources.

Shelley started teaching Sociology and then Social Care at the local community college in Northern British Columbia. She returned to the UK in 2006 to teach Social Work at De Montfort University Leicester. Shelley came to UCLan in January 2009, teaching predominately on the non social work programmes.

At UCLan, Shelley is the Year 1 lead on BA (Hons) Care Community and Citizenship (CCC) and the lead for the CCC courses run at our various partner colleges. Shelley is also an admissions tutor for CCC and the BA and MA programmes in Social Work. She is a personal tutor to students across the programmes, providing academic and pastoral support to students, and for the Social Work tutees, overseeing of practice placements.

Shelley’s current teaching is influenced by sociological and historical perspectives, practice experience and psychology and her particular interest, gender perspectives.


MA Social Work, University of Dundee, 1998
Diploma Social Work; University of Dundee, 1997
BA History & School of Community and Public Affairs, Concordia University, Montreal, 1991
French Immersion Certificate; University of Montreal, Montreal, 1988


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Shelley research interest include career, include rural provision of service, comparative analysis of mental health service delivery and practice in Canada and the UK and the History of Social Work.


Certified Professional Training

Art Therapy, Indian Residential School Survivors Society, British Columbia, 2005

Thought Field Algorithms 1& 2; Association for Thought Field Therapy (ATFT), 2005

Critical Incident Stress Management- Advanced International Critical Incident Stress Foundation 2004-

Relaxation Program: Changeways Institute, UBC Department of Psychiatry, Vancouver 2004

Therapeutic Re-Enactment UBC Depart of Psychology, Vancouver, 2003

Suicide Intervention: Living Works Education- 2001

Psychiatry for Health Professionals, Centre for Addition and Mental Health (CAMH), Toronto 2001

Borderline Personality Disorders- CAMH 2001