Prof Suzy Braye

Post:Emeritus Professor (Social Work and Social Care)

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Qualifications and position

  • BA (French), BPhil Social Work, MSc Public Services Management, CQSW
  • Professor of Social Work, University of Sussex



  • I have had substantial involvement in both the strategic and operational management of social work education and training as Head of Department of Social Work and Social Care, University of Sussex 2006-2010 and previously as Director of Social Work Studies at the University of Liverpool. I have held responsibility for award leadership and programme administration, academic quality monitoring, tutorial duties, practice placement support, assessment and examination procedures.
  • Practised in both generic and specialist provision, including mental health and children's services. In my last practice post prior to returning to education and research, I held management responsibility for area children's services in a large county authority. 


Professional activities

  • Editor-in-Chief, European Journal of Social Work (
  • Regular editorial advisory work: currently to the Policy Press Social Work Practice Series.
  • Between 2005 and 2007 chaired the Programme Committee of the Annual Joint Social Work Conference, incorporating in 2007 the Committee for the First UK Social Work Research Conference.
  • In 2009 and 2010 acted as chair to national conferences on adult safeguarding and the reform of adult social care law.



  • social work law
  • community care policy and practice
  • professional decision-making
  • partnership and participation
  • interprofessional practice
  • management and organisations.

I supervise Undergraduate and Masters dissertations and students on DPhil and professional doctoral programmes.


International teaching

  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate students at Monmouth University, New Jersey, USA and with faculty at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill;
  • Seminars for students and faculty at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Lectures and seminars on law and social work for students and faculty at the University of Stockholm.


Innovation in teaching and learning via:

  • the use of a problem-based learning approach to law teaching;
  • work to involve experts by experience - service users and caregivers - in the planning and delivery of training for health and social care professionals;
  • the development of interprofessional education, including common learning modules and interprofessional learning groups;
  • the introduction of e-learning into the social work law curriculum, through resources written for the Social Care Institute for Excellence, one of which won first prize in the  2007 awards of the Institute of Learning Technology -