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Andrea Newman

Public and Allied Health

Faculty of Health

I am a Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Health and Social Care at Liverpool John Moores University. I am a registered qualified social worker with a background in social work, latterly specialising in the area of fostering and adoption. I am an independent member of a fostering panel.
My involvement in social work education spans over 30 years. My teaching interests are around research methodology, participation and co-production, and anti-oppressive practice and personal and professional development.
My research interests and publications have been around engagement, inclusion, participation and access of minoritised groups within social work and social work education. I am passionate about participatory action and intersectional and decolonial approaches to research, and have evaluated both large national and small community-based projects in a range of organisations.
My current research interests include a collaborative funded research project focusing on the experiences of Black social work students and practitioners within a social work context.
I am currently studying on the Doctor of Education (EdD) programme at Liverpool John Moores University and am interested in researching intersectional experiences of race, class and gender within a Higher Education context.


2013, Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom, Fellow of the HEA
2006, Liverpool Coaching Academy (endorsed by the Institute of Leadership Management), United Kingdom, Certificate in Performance Coaching
2002, Elan Training, Cheshire, United Kingdom, T.A. (Transactional Analysis) training

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool John Moores University, 2002 - present
Senior Lecture, Social Work Department, University of Central Lancashire, 1995 - 1998
Lecturer, Social Work, City of Liverpool Community College, 1993 - 1995

Postgraduate training

Certificate of Qualification in Social Work, United Kingdom, Liverpool University, 1991 - 1991

Journal article

Darley D, Blundell P, Cherry L, Wong JO, Wilson AM, Vaughan S, Vandenberghe K, Taylor B, Scott K, Ridgeway T, Parker S, Olson S, Oakley L, Newman A, Murray E, Hughes DG, Bin Hasan N, Harrison J, Hall M, Guido-Bayliss L, Edah R, Eichsteller S, Dougan L, Burke B, Boucher S, Maestri-Banks A, Breaking the Boundaries Collective . 2024. Breaking the Boundaries Collective - A Manifesto for Relationship-based Practice Ethics and Social Welfare, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Buck G, Whiteside N, Newman A, Jones H, Stanley S, Feather J, Millard W. 2022. Promoting Practitioner Research through a Social Work Teaching Partnership Practice, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Newman A, Carey B, Kinney M. 2021. ‘My Contributions Made a Significant Difference’: Young Carers’ Reflections on Their Participation in Social Work Admissions The British Journal of Social Work, 52 :2931-2948 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Yeung EYW, Newman A, Burke B. 2021. Navigating relationships in practice learning: voices from practice educators Social Work Education, 40 :412-424 DOI Publisher Url

Burke B, Cropper A, Harrison P. 2020. Real or Imagined - Black women's experiences in the academy Community, Work and Family, 3 :297-310

Yeung E, Newman A, Burke B. 2019. Navigating relationships in practice learning: Voices from practice educators. Social Work Education, 40 :412-424 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Newman A, McNamara Y. 2016. Teaching qualitative research and participatory practices in neoliberal times QUALITATIVE SOCIAL WORK, 15 :428-443 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Newman A. 2010. Improving reach: promoting engagement by building bridges between refugee women and the voluntary sector Diversity in Health and Care 2010, 7

Newman A. 2008. Review of Neil Thompson: Anti-discriminatory Practice. J SOC WORK, 8 :199-200 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Newman A. 2000. Mentoring as an Inclusive Device for the Excluded: Black Student’s Experience of a Mentoring Scheme Social Work Education, 19 :597-697

Newman A, Clifford D. 1997. Parallel Processes in Researching and Assessing Potential Carers Child and Family Social Work, vol. 11 :235-246

Newman A, Clifford D. 1996. Applying Autobiography: Researching the assessment of life experiences Autobiography, 3:1 and 3:2.

Newman A, Clifford D. Individual Assessment and Potential Carers: Theory and Practice Practice, vol.9


Newman A. 1997. Rethinking Practice: Learning from A Black Feminist Perspective Protecting Children: Challenge and Change Arena.. London

Newman A, Burke B. Ethical involvement of service users The Routledge Handbook of Service User Involvement in Human Services Research and Education. DOI Publisher Url


Springett J, Barrett GA, Elliott I, Greenop DT, Lawless A, Newman A, Richards A. Pacesetters Workforce Development Evaluation Public Url

External committees:

Fostering Panel Member, Fostercareline, Independent fostering panel member. 2017