Staff profile

Dr Pauline Green

Academic Lead in Social Work and Social Care and Course Director

Pauline Green


Health, Social, and Community Work


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Allied Health and Social Care, University of Derby Online Learning


Britannia Mill, Derby Campus



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 (University of Derby Online Learning).

Professional interests

I'm a Committee member of BASW (British Association of Social Workers) and regularly attend meetings and seminars for the Derby branch. I also hold the CQSW, a professional qualification in Social Work and continue to be registered with the HCPC as well as being qualified as a Practice Teacher and Mentor Assessor. I am also an External Examiner at the University of Sunderland and Swansea University.

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.

Membership of professional bodies


Additional interests and activities

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!

Recent publications