Staff profile

Fran Fuller

Head of Social and Community Studies


Health, Social, and Community Work


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Allied Health and Social Care


Britannia Mill, Derby Campus



I am Discipline Lead/Head of Social and Community Studies based in N309 at the University of Derby's Kedleston Road site. I manage a team who oversee five different programmes across the subject area, including Child Family Health and Wellbeing, Health and Social Care, Social Work and Youth Work and Community Development, all of which are high-performing programmes.

Teaching responsibilities

I have no direct teaching responsibilities but will always support colleagues in providing information and delivering the child protection and safeguarding agenda on a national and international perspective.

Professional interests

I'm a registered Social Worker and I am Vice Chair (UK) of the British Association of Social Workers. I have a particular interest in Child Care Practice, Interprofessional Learning and Law. I am Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered and also a member of the Higher Education Academy.

Research interests

My interests are in child protection and interprofessional learning, child protection and mental health and, latterley, religious beliefs and child protection.

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

My experience in the field started when i left school in 1980. I worked as a youth worker in North London and gradually made my way up the M1, stopping off in Luton to do detached Yoth Work and then onto Derbyshire to complete my Youth Work Qualification. Whilst at university I subsidised my income by working as a peripetetic residential social worker which finally led to a post at a residential unit for young people with a learning disability.

Whilst I was working for Derbyshire County Council, I was fortunate to be seconded to the social work degree which I completed in 1994. I pursued a career in child protection and looked after children until 2001 when I started to consider training/teaching opportunities. Following two years as a training officer for Derbyshire, I secured a part time post at the University which in 2005 was made permenent when i was asked to programme lead the BA Applied Social Work degree.

International experience

My international experience has taken me across the world speaking at conferences and seminars in Australia, New Zealand, Finland and Belguim to name a few. I have retained my registration as a social worker and have been a director of the British Association of Social Workers for the past nine years.

In my capacity as Head of Subject I have continued to promote the discipline area and always wish to recruit students from across the world.

Additional interests and activities

I have played football and hockey for various clubs, counties and countries. I have recently taken up boxing and have lost two fights on points, so third time lucky! I enjoy my family, friends, live music and socialising.

In the media

I have appeared on TV and radio in relation to child protection and child sexual abuse matters and I often offer comments to the media regarding vogue topics in the field of social care.