Staff profile

Simon Williams

Assistant Discipline Lead for Social and Community Studies Programme Leader for Youth Work and Community Development


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 assistant discipline lead for Social and Community studies.  I am also the Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Youth Work and Community Development Degree. I have been involved in Youth and Community Work for over 25 years in and around Derby.  I have particular experiance of working with refugee and migrant communities and faith based practice.

Teaching responsibilities

I am Module Leader for various modules and co-teach on others. I am a personal academic tutor for all three stages as well as an Independent Studies tutor for stage three.  I do guest speaking on various programmes.

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 vital to helping New Arrivals find a new place to call home.

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies


Experience in industry

I have a large amount of experience in Youth Work and Community Development, half of which was faith based working with young people in the local community through drama, arts and games.  The other half my focus has been on New Arrivals, this has been done in various settings from youth clubs to specialist organisations.  I was part of setting up the first Roma led advocacy service in the UK - Roma Community Care in the city of Derby.  I have hosted students on placement, and worked in arranging student placements while at the university.  I have been involved in strategic discussions at governement level around the future of Youth and Community Practice

International experience

I have worked on developing Student Placement opportuinities in India, Sweden and Australia

In the media - Blog on What is Youth Work Blog on Positive Future for Youth Work and Young People

Recent publications

students engaging in a fun activity

We are working alongside the YMCA Derbyshire to support young people and our students in their development. Simon Williams explains what our Youth Work and Community Development students, and the young people, get out of the relationship.

Two people jumping in front of the sunset

With the promise of new investment from Government, Simon Williams discusses a potentially more positive future for Youth Work and young people.

Two students sitting in the library at the Kedleston Road campus, smiling and making notes.

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