Staff Profile


Mrs Edith Lewis

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 922336

Profile summary

Qualifications: BSc, RNLD, DipSW, MSc, PGCert, SFHE

Edith is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work. Her career in higher education started as a sessional lecturer and Practice Assessor at London South Bank University. She then  worked as a Lecturer practitioner at Thames Valley University (now West London University) before working as a Senior Lecturer at the same university for nearly 5 years. Prior to her appointment at Canterbury Christ Church University in 2010, she was a Senior Lecturer in early years, social work and learning disability and autism at University of Worcester. 

She is currently registered with Social Work England and a Senior Fellow - the Higher Education Academy(Now Advance HE). Edith was a Programme Director for the BA(Hons) Social work degree from 2012 to 2018. Edith was an Academic Developer between 2017 and 2020 supporting the Faculty Director of Teaching & Learning with implementaion of the CCCU teaching and learning strategy in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Social Care.

Edith is influenced by andragogy as a teaching strategy and in particular the work of Malcolm Knowles (1913-1997) known for his humanistic approaches, self-directed and autonomous learning in adult education. She is passionate about finding ways of fostering a sense of belonging and identity of BAME students in majority white spaces.- a theme of her current PhD research. She is currently Academic Lead in Recruitment for Social Work in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Social Care. 

Research and knowledge exchange

Funded research project on:

1. Attainment and progression for Black Ethnic Minority students in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing. First funded phase 2015/2016  -£485: reviewed literature on attainment and progression of BME students in health and social work programmes in UK to establish national context.

The second phase 2017/18- £1465.00: Online survery was send out to all BAME students in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing including 2 focus groups one at Canterbury and the other at Medway capmpuses.

2. january 2021 to September 2021 - Teaching & Learning Funded research Project: £400- Evaluation of students’ perceptions, experience, and impact of compulsory off campus online delivery during Covid 19 lockdown- March 2020 to March 2021.

Teaching and subject expertise

Edith's current teaching interest are on cultural approaches in understanding human development, sociology and social policy, identity and difference, managing change, adult learning theories, learning disability, globalisation and impact of neoliberalism, race in particular social construction of whiteness, critical race theory and anti-discriminatory practice. 

She is also interested in exploring  the importance of sense of belonging of BAME students in majority white spaces.

External activities

Conference Presentations:

  1. Lewis, E.(2015) ‘Is there a place in British Social Work practice to consider the NGO model in the Global South and mobilise individuals & communities in capacity building, economic participation, empowerment, self-help and self-determination in times of Austerity?’Joint Social Work Education and Research Conference (JSWEC). Open University, Milton Keynes, 15 -17 July 2015.
  2. Lewis, E.(2015) ‘Can social work afford to remain apolitical in the age of neoliberalism and managerialism discourse at the expense of social justice, challenging inequalities and empowerment of its recipients: Dilemmas and considerations for North and South global worlds.’ Social Work and Social Development, International Federation of Social Work-Africa, East London International Convention Centre- South Africa,  4-7 October 2015.
  3. Lewis, E. (2018) ‘Don’t put me in a box’ Social construction of whiteness, migrant’s narrative on identity discourse & rise of populism: Grand challenges for social work

External Examiner Activities:

Currently Chief External Examiner for on the Integrated Masters in Nursing and Social Work, successfully validated across the four field of nursing (Adult, Mental Health, Child and Learning Disabilities) 

Publications and research outputs

Responding to difference, identity and globalisation, in Koubel, G. (2013) (ed) Social Work with Adults. Maidenhead: Open University Press. 


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