University of Bedfordshire

University of Bedfordshire

Hourly Paid Staff – Experts by Experience in Social Work

United Kingdom

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University of Bedfordshire

School of Society, Community & Health, Faculty of Health & Social Sciences

Several Vacancies for Hourly Paid Staff – Experts by Experience in Social Work


The University of Bedfordshire is committed to promoting the involvement and participation of people with lived experience of using social work services and carers in our Social Work programmes in accordance with the requirements of our regulator, Social Work England.

We call people with lived experience of social work and carers ‘Experts by Experience'. As a group, the Experts by Experience work in partnership with academic staff on a range of activities to add quality to the education and training of social work students.

We are expanding the membership of our Experts by Experience Group. We have several vacancies and would very much like to hear from you if you have lived experience of social work. People with lived experience know what it is like to receive social work services and what qualities and skills a good social worker should have. Your experience and knowledge are required to enhance our course to ensure that students become the best social workers that they can be.

If you are interested then we will work with you to help you decide how you might wish to contribute and be involved. The time that you commit can be decided on an individual basis and will be hourly paid. You therefore work as much or as little as you want to. It is an entirely flexible role and you will decide how much time you are able to give.

You will draw on your knowledge, experience and expertise to work with colleagues and academic staff in a number of ways to equip student practitioners for their future in Social Work. These might include:

  • Selection of social work students and staff on the degree and post graduate courses. This will include interviewing candidates, observing role plays and/or participating in group observation panels.
  • Presenting the XbX Group to students as they start their studies so they understand the group's contribution to all aspects of our programmes
  • Coproduce student lectures and materials bringing your perspective as a person who uses/has used services or as a carer.
  • Coproduce skills days for students including leading small group work, for example on communication skills and having courageous conversations.
  • Produce and deliver specific teaching sessions on an area of your expertise. For example, some of our group have developed sessions on social justice and the benefits system. Others have shared their stories to help students walk in their shoes.
  • Give feedback on student presentations and portfolio work, both in the moment and as part of the written feedback process
  • Work collaboratively with the team to coproduce, develop and design new courses
  • Work collaboratively with the team to review, co-develop and enhance current programmes during our regular Expert by Experience meetings
  • Quality assure placement provision by contributing to our placement auditing processes.
  • Work with the Bedford, Luton, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Teaching Partnership for Social Work Education to develop and review all our programmes
  • Ongoing review, development and enhancement of our admissions and selection processes.
  • Liaison with service users and staff across the Allied Health courses to develop an interprofessional working strand
  • We will provide a friendly and supportive environment, opportunities for your own development and training and the chance to be part of a forward thinking passionate team in a richly diverse environment.

    The XbX Group meet at our Luton Park Square campus. Travel across campus sites is requested.

    You can chose to do as much or as little as you feel able in this role, and we will support you to develop your confidence and skills over time. We actively encourage applications from anyone who has experience of using social care services. We are fully committed to SCIE's principles of equality, diversity, accessibility and reciprocity.

    If this sounds like something that you would like to do then please get in touch asa soon as possible (contact details below)

    Locations: Luton Campus and some online work

    To apply:

    Please email to express your interest to [email protected].

    For informal enquiries please email Principal Lecturer Dr Alberto Poletti

    [email protected]

    We can only accept applications from those who are able to work and reside in the UK with no restrictions or sponsorship of an employer required.

    The University is committed to equality of opportunity and values the diversity of all its workforce and student population.

    This advert will be open until 31st December 2023. Please email as soon as possible if you are interested in joining us


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    Hourly Paid Staff – Experts by Experience in Social Work


    University of Bedfordshire


    United Kingdom


    September 14, 2023

    Application deadline

    December 31, 2023

    Job type



    Geosciences,Medicine,Social Science

    About the employer

    The University of Bedfordshire is located in Luton Bedfordshire United Kingdom. This university was founded in 1882 but it achieved the position of a university in 1992 and was known as the University of Luton. This is a public university. The name the University of Bedfordshire was adopted in 2006 after the approval of the Privy Council after the merging of the University of Luton and the Bedford campus of De Montfort University.

    The university will give about up to 2,400 GBP cash to students of undergraduate studies. The Merit Scholarship spans worth 2,400 GBP and is paid for 3 academic years that is awarded to people with a high level of academic achievement and to those who can score 112 UCAS points or more. Even if a student does not achieve this level the university will give about 1,500 GBP over three academic years along with the bursary or 1,000 GBP over 2 academic years if the student is a top-up one receiving Level 5 bursary. There are many other qualifications for grants and bursaries like the Care Leavers Bursary that is available to the students that are ‘open to care’ and can be supported by the local authorities leaving care services.

    The chancellor is John Bercow (former speaker of the House of Commons) and the vice-chancellor is Bill Rammell. There are a total of 14,000 students on the campus as of 2016-2017 out of which 10,860 are undergraduates and 3,140 are postgraduates for the same year. There are about 4,500 international students at the university. The university is sprawled across six campuses; there are 4 campuses in Bedfordshire, in Luton and Bedford, 2 campuses in Buckinghamshire, in Aylesbury (for the students of Midwifery and Nursing) and in Milton Keynes (for business studies, telecommunications and electronic engineering). The university had entered the Research Assessment Exercise in 2008 and had achieved a GPA of 2.087 with 34.7 percent internationally.

    Top assessment units were Cultural and Media Studies, Communication, Social Work Social Policy and Administration along with English Language and Literature. As of 2012, the university received the status of FairTrade. There are four faculties that are the Health and Social Sciences, Creative Arts, Education and Sports, and Science and Technologies. Notable alumni include Gemma Hunt, Richard Page among others.

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