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David Galley

David Galley BA (Hons), MPhil, PGCE, FHEA, MBASW

Lecturer

School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

Room no. RM125

Biography

David won a scholarship from the British Academy while studying for his undergraduate degree in social work, where he attained first-class honours. He has been a lecturer in social work at Solent University since 2016.  David is passionate about the profession and its ability to enhance and make a difference to people’s lives. He views his students as colleagues on a journey of learning with an overall aim of strengthening the links between social work theory and practice. Since 2019 David has also been lead of level 5, the second year of the BA (Hons) Social Work degree. Prior to that he was admissions tutor for the programme.

As a personal tutor, David has three tutor groups across all years of the social work programme and supports these students both in academic and practice placement settings.

He is a qualified and HCPC registered social worker, a member of the British Association of Social Workers and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

David is currently a PhD candidate at Bournemouth University conducting research across all four nations of the UK, which enquires into the motivations for males to enter into the female majority occupation of social work. His thesis addresses the study of these motivations and male social work student perceptions on their experiences of UK qualifying courses.

In addition to his academic responsibilities, David also sits on the research ethics committee of Solent University.

Previously, David taught on a range of programmes in the School of Health and Social Care at Bournemouth University. These included the BA (Hons) Social Work, the MA Social Work and the BA (Hons) Sociology & Social Policy. Here he achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Any spare time David has is usually dedicated to his interest in classic cars, in particular his Rover P6 V8.

Taught courses

Further information

  1. Industry experience

    David is a registered social worker and has experience of working with vulnerable adults in mental health, medical social work and work in the voluntary and statutory sector, managing and co-ordinating regional HIV services. He has additional experience in the voluntary sector supporting older people in a range of settings and on an addiction research (HIV) programme in Malaysia.
  2. Teaching experience

    David began teaching at Bournemouth University on the BA and MA social work programmes, together with the BA sociology and social policy programme in 2011. There he was unit leader for law and social policy; values, social work ethics and ideology; and lecturer for globalisation and marginalisation.

    He has been teaching at Solent University since January 2016, teaching on subjects such as social work law and social policy, social work and sociology, research, professionalism, ethics and values, and regularly contributes teaching to other topics within the social work programme. He is also a field tutor for students on practice placement. Since 2019, David has also been lead of level 5, the second year of the BA (Hons) Social Work degree.

    David is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, which recognises teaching excellence in higher education.

  3. Research interests

    David's current research interests include: gender and sexuality within social work; research within social work education; the language of social work; service users and carers as expert contributors; and human development and the life-course.
  4. Work in progress

    David is currently finalising chapters of his PhD thesis, entitled 'Social work is women's work; right?'. In it, he applies new approaches to Bourdieusian and Intersectional analyses to his research findings.
  5. Recent publications

    Follow the link below for more information about David's recent publications.

    Galley, D. 2014. ‘Gender related diversity in social work? A view from the UK’. In: S. Crabtree, ed. Diversity and the Processes of Marginalisation and Otherness: giving voice to hidden themes – a European perspective. London: Whiting & Birch.

    Galley, D. and Parrish, M. 2014. The Guardian: Why are there so few male social workers? Available [online] from: http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2014/jul/25/why-so-few-male-social-workers

    Conference papers

    2014: JSWEC – Seminar presentation: Gender biases in social work education.

    2014: HEA – UK Health & Social Care Conference:– PhD research poster presentation.

    2014: SOCNET – IUW2014, Linz, Austria. Keynote lecture: Gender diversity within social work.

    2013: JSWEC – Networking and PhD research poster presentation.

  6. Awards

    Follow the link below for a list of David's awards.
    • BA (Hons) Social Work (Bournemouth University)
    • MPhil (as part of a transfer to PhD study)
    • PGCE in Post Compulsory Education (University of Southampton)
    • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy