Dr Louise Grant

Executive Dean, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Louise Grant

Louise Grant is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. Having qualified with a degree in Applied Social Sciences and as a social worker in 1987, the first 15 years of her career was working as a social worker and team manager in Children and Families Social Work.

Louise became a social work academic in 2008 and has concentrated upon building curricula in Higher Education which enable students to ensure they are prepared with evidence informed approaches for the realities of professional practice.

Her research focus is on improving the working conditions of social workers and others in the helping professions. She has written extensively in the area of organisational and individual resilience of social workers and has worked on developing systems in practice which help professionals to thrive. Recent work focuses on developing and evaluating strategies to enhance the personal resources underpinning emotional resilience at an individual level, developing organisational resilience and designing a competency framework to help social work managers support resilience and wellbeing in their staff.

She co-edited the book Developing Resilience for Social Work Practice and has also published widely in peer reviewed journals and also in professional social work outputs.



  • PhD What is resilience and how can it be assessed and enhanced in social workers. University of Bedfordshire 2014
  • MA Social Policy - Open University, 2000-2004
  • BA (Hons) Applied Social Science (First Class) - Coventry (Lanchester) Polytechnic, 1982-1986


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice - University of Bedfordshire, 2007-2009
  • Diploma in Management - University of Southampton (Solent) Institute of Leadership and Management, 2006-2007
  • Post Qualifying Award in Social Work 1 - University of Bournemouth, 2004
  • Practice Teacher Award - University of Birmingham (CETSW), 1990-1992
  • Certificate in Qualification in Social Work - Coventry (Lanchester) Polytechnic (CETSW), 1984-1986

Recent Publications

  • Kinman, G., Grant L. (2020) Emotional demands, compassion and mental health in social workers Occupational Medicine, kqz144, doi.org/10.1093/occmed/kqz144
  • Grant, L, Kinman G, Alexander K. (2020) The Social Work Organisational Resilience Diagnostic. Research in Practice. sword.researchinpractice.org.uk
  • Grant L., Kinman G. (2020) Developing emotional resilience and wellbeing: a practical guide for social workers. Community Care Inform
  • Kinman, G., Grant .L. & Kelly S. (2019) ‘It’s My Secret Space’: The Benefits of Mindfulness for Social Workers. The British Journal of Social Work, bcz073, doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcz073
  • Wilkins, D., Forrester, D., and Grant, L. (2017) What happens in child and family social work supervision?. Child & Family Social Work, 22: 942–951. doi: 10.1111/cfs.12314.
  • Grant L. Kinman, G., (2020) Emotions, Relationships and Resilience in Child and Family Social Work. Research in Practice practice-supervisors.rip.org.uk
  • Wilkins, D., Forrester, D., and Grant, L. (2017) What happens in child and family social work supervision?. Child & Family Social Work, 22: 942–951. doi: 10.1111/cfs.12314.
  • Kinman, G., & Grant. (2016) Building Resilience in Early-Career Social Workers: Evaluating a Multi-Modal Intervention The British Journal of Social Work, bcw164, doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcw164
  • Kinman, G., & Grant. (2016) Building emotional resilience in the children and families workforce – an evidence-informed approach: Strategic Briefing Research in Practice
  • Kinman, G., & Grant. L (2015). Empathy in the helping professions. Chapter 7 In The Neurobiology and Psychology of Empathy .Nova Science Publishers New York. USA.
  • Grant L, Kinman G, & Baker S. (2015) ‘Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask before Assisting Others’: Social Work Educators' Perspectives on an ‘Emotional Curriculum’ British Journal of Social Work 45 (8):2351-2367.doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcu066
  • Grant, L. & Kinman, G. (eds). (2014) The Resilient Social Worker: Developing Emotional Resilience for Practice.  Palgrave Macmillan
  • Grant, L. & Kinman, G. (2014) What is resilience, in Grant, L. & Kinman, G. (2014 forthcoming eds ).The Resilient Social Worker: Developing Emotional Resilience for Practice.  Palgrave Macmillan
  • Grant, L. & Brewer, R. (2014) Critical Reflection and Reflective Supervision, in Grant, L. & Kinman, G. (2014 forthcoming eds).The Resilient Social Worker: Developing Emotional Resilience for Practice.  Palgrave Macmillan
  • Grant, L. Kinman G and Alexander K (2014) What's All this Talk About Emotion? Developing Emotional Intelligence in Social Work Students. Advanced access available at: DOI:10.1080/02615479.2014.891012
  • Grant, L. & Kinman, G. (2014). Emotional Resilience in the helping Professionals; A Research Briefing.  York, UK. HEA.  
  • Grant, L,. Kinman (2014) Emotional resilience in the helping professions and how it can be enhanced. Journal of Health and Social Care Education. 3(1), 23-34. DOI: 10.11120/hsce.2014.00040
  • Grant, L,. Kinman, G.,& Baker, S. (2013). Emotional resilience in the social work curriculum. A research report, York, UK. HEA. Available at www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources
  • Grant, L. & Kinman, G. (2013). “Bouncing Back?” ; Conceptualisations of Resilience in Experienced Social Workers and Trainees. Practice: Social Work in Action. doi: 10.1080/09503153.2013.860092
  • Grant, L. (2013). Hearts and Minds: aspects of empathy and wellbeing in social work students. Social Work Education; An International Journal. Doi:10.1080/02615479.2013.805191
  • Grant, L. & Kinman, G. (2012) Something for the Journey, The road to resilience  Developing emotional resilience for Social Work practice Community Care Inform www.ccinform.co.uk
  • Grant, L. & Kinman, G. (2012). Enhancing wellbeing in social work students; building resilience in the next generation. Social Work Education: The International Journal. 31, 5,
  • Kinman, G. & Grant, L. (2011). Predicting stress resilience in trainee social workers: the role of emotional and social competencies, British Journal of Social Work. 41, 261–275
  • Grant, L. & Kinman, G. (2010). The challenge of equipping social  work students with resilience to ensure employability. in Atlay, M. (Ed.) Creating Bridges University of Bedfordshire Publications.
  • Kinman, G.  & Grant, L. (2010). Emotional intelligence, reflective abilities and wellbeing in  social workers. Practice Project Report, Bridges Experience: CETL


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