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Jane Wistow

Assistant Professor Social Work

Assistant Professor Social Work in the Department of Sociology


Jane has worked at Durham University since 2011.  She is the Practice Lead for the Master of Social Work Programme and convenes the Year 2 modules ‘Advanced Social Work’ and Social Work Practice 2.  Jane also convenes the CPD Practice Education Stage 2 Module.  She qualified as a social worker in 2006, completing the Master of Social Work Programme at Durham with Distinction and also has a Degree in Sociology and an MA in Research Methods (Social Work) with Distinction. Jane has undertaken doctoral research into homeless young peoples’ participation in the planning and delivery of services for children in need. Jane has previously worked for Barnardos as a qualified social worker and has experience of statutory social work with children and families and support work with adults with physical disabilities. She has also worked as a researcher for the PSSRU looking into extra care housing for older people, Stockton Borough Council to assist with the development of their parenting strategy and worked on various university research projects, including ‘The Virtuous Patient’, a multi-disciplinary research project into chronic illness. Her research interests include service user participation, children’s rights and participatory research methodologies.