Staff profile

Simon Williams

Senior Lecturer for Working with Young People and Communities


Health, Social, and Community Work


College of Health and Social Care


School of Allied Health and Social Care


Britannia Mill, Derby Campus



I am part of the team that delivers the Working with Young People and Communities degree, I am Module Leader for various modules and co-teach on others. I am also a personal tutor for all three stages and an Independent Studies tutor for stage three. I am also partly responsible for sourcing and organising placements for various degrees.

Teaching responsibilities

I am Module Leader for Social Inequalities at stage one and Working with Children, Families and Carers in Stage two, Independent studies for Stage 3.  I also teach PP3 and am Stage 3 co-ordinator. I have one day a week dedicated to sourcing and developing placements.

Professional interests

My professional interests lie in my experience of working with New Arrivals, this includes Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Economic Migrants. I have a special interest in the Roma community from Eastern Europe. I believe the skills of youth and community workers are so vital to helping new arrivals find a new place to call home.

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies

I am currently the Chair of the D2N2 Youth Work Alliance.


Experience in industry

I have 20 years of experience of Youth Work, the majority of which was faith based working with young people in the local community through drama, arts and games.  More recently, in the past five years, my focus has been on New Arrivals, this has been done in various settings from youth clubs to specialist organisations.

Recent publications

Blog Posts

To mark National Youth Work Week, Simon Williams, University of Derby Senior Lecturer in Social and Community Studies, talks about this rewarding role.