Chris Hemsley

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

I have been teaching Social Work in two educational settings since I left practice in 2014. 

I joined the University of Bedfordshire in 2014, first as a Lecturer, and then Senior Lecturer(Acting) in Social Work, working on the Frontline MSc Social Work programme.  In 2017, I transferred to Frontline and was the Principal Curriculum Lead and Course Coordinator for the PGDip in Social Work. 

I returned to the University of Bedfordshire in August 2019 to teach on both undergraduate and post graduate qualifying programmes, including Step up to Social Work and the Social Work Apprenticeship.


  • MSc Social Work - University of Bedfordshire
  • Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Focusing- Buckinghamshire New University
  • BSc Honours Psychology - The Open University            
  • BA Joint Honours English Language and Literature/American Studies - University of Keele

Teaching Expertise

  • Course leader for Frontline PGDip Social Work
  • Unit Lead for level 4 and 5 and 7 Apprenticeship, BSc and Step Up courses

Research Interests

  • Social Justice and Diversity
  • History of Social Work
  • Reflexivity and resilience


  • Galvani, S., Forrester, D. Glynn, G., McCann, M. Guppy, A. Hemsley, C. Hillson, M. and Thurnham, A. (2011) Social Work Services and Recovery from Substance Misuse: A Review of the Evidence: Edinburgh: The Scottish Government.
  • Hemsley, C. (2015) ‘Tilda Goldberg: a life in research,’ Bulletin of the Social Work History Network, 2 (2) pp.12-15 (Access here)

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