I am a registered Social Worker and have worked as an academic at the University of Derby since 1999. I qualified as a Social Worker in 1984 and worked in a wide range of statutory settings in both children and adult services. Some of the more specialist roles I was involved in included: working as a Liver Transplant Social Worker at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, Adoption and Fostering Officer in Staffordshire, and Social Worker specialising in Physical Disability in Essex. My interest in supervising students on placement led me into social work practice education and mentoring. In 1999, I initially combined generic social work practice with sessional lecturing at the University of Derby, until I made the decision in 2003, to become a full-time lecturer in social work, health and social care, youth and community studies. My career in academia progressed from Senior Lecturer to Programme Leader in Health and Social Care, to Deputy Head of Department and more recently to Academic Lead in Social Care and Social Work (UDOL).

Your Thoughts About Online Learning

Online learning is empowering, because it provides students with a way of studying that offers choice and flexibility, and fits in well with their particular lifestyle. 


Professional Memberships

Registered with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Member of British Association of Social Workers (BASW)


Doctorate of Education

BA (Hons) Social Sciences

Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW)

Practice Teacher Award

MA Education

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


Academic Publications

Green, P. The 12th International Society for Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect European Regional Conference. Challenging Social Responsibilities for Child Abuse and Neglect. ‘Emotional Resilience and Social Work’. 20th Sept 2011. University of Tampere, Finland. 

Green, P. Integrated Professional Studies Conference, ‘Emotional Resilience and Professionalism’. 13th December 2011. University of Derby, Derby. 

Green, P. BASW lunchtime and evening seminar, ‘Emotional Resilience and Social Work’. 15th March 2012. University of Derby, Derby. 

Green, P. ‘Perspectives on Professionalism’. 28th June 2012. University of Derby, Derby. 

Green, P. International Days Conference, ‘Emotional Resilience and Social Work’. 27th Feb -1st Mar 2013. Thomas More University of Applied Sciences, Geel, Belgium. 

Green, P. University of Derby, Interprofessional Conference, ‘Who do you think you are?’, ‘So you think you are hard enough’. 19th November 2015. Riverside Centre, Derby.


Research interests

I have just completed doctoral study in relation to emotional resilience and social work education, training, and practice. Further research in this area will include: teaching students how to demonstrate ‘appropriate empathy’ and exploring the possibility of ‘performing’ emotional resilience and how to recognise this.

Other research interests include: inter-professional working and education and social pedagogy, residential care and ‘looked after’ children.

Personal interests

My main interests are trekking and trail walking, going to the cinema (at least once a week) and eating out (as often as I can). I am a member of a book club that meets every six weeks. I have three grown up children and a nine year old Labrador, who has just slowed down, so I can walk him. For Mother’s Day I received a voucher to go walking with an alpaca, so a new hobby perhaps!