Simon Williams

Simon Williams

Position: Senior Lecturer for Working with Young People and Communities

College: College of Health and Social Care

Department: Social and Community Studies

Subject area: Social and Community Studies

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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-oridinator. 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.

Membership of professional bodies

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


  • First Degree in Applied Youth and Community Work.
  • PG Cert HE (Teaching qualification for Higher Education)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 17 Years of experiance of working with both Faith Based Youth Work and New Arrivals.

Recent publications

  • (With Phil Henry) Positive Engagement through Youth Work: Working with Roma Children and Young People in Derby, Supporting their wellbeing, Today's Children Tomorrow's Parents journal (No 40-41 June 2015)

Experience in industry

17 years of experiance 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 (past 5 years) my focus has been on New Arrivals, this has been done in various settings from youth clubs to sepcialist organisations.

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