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David Galley

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


School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

023 8201 2103 ext. 2103 Room no. RM115A


David has been at Solent University since January 2016. He is a lecturer on the BA (Hons) Social Work and is currently lead for 3 teaching modules:

  • Sociology, Society and Social Work 1
  • Sociology, Society and Social Work 2
  • Developing Legal Perspectives

David is also the Social Work Admissions Tutor and as such is a gatekeeper for student entry onto the BA (Hons) Social Work programme.

As a personal tutor, David has 3 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 and a member of the British Association of Social Workers.

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.

The majority of David’s work in the field, has centred on enabling social justice and support for those living with, or affected by HIV.

Other interests include being a member of Solent University’s research ethics committee. 

Taught courses

Further information

  1. Awards

    David's awards include BA (Hons) Social Work from Bournemouth University, PGCE in Post Compulsory Education from University of Southampton and more.

    BA (Hons) Social Work (Bournemouth University)

    MPhil (as part of a progression to PhD study)

    PGCE in Post Compulsory Education (University of Southampton)

  2. Industry Experience

    David has extensive experience of work within the industry. This section contains more information about his work history and any advantageous industry links he maintains.

    David 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.

  3. Recent publications

    Find publications written by David, including 'Why are there so few male social workers?'

    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:


    Conference Papers Given:

    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.

  4. Research interests

    Find out what David's current research interests are.
    David’s current research interests include:
    • Gender within social work
    • Research within social work education
    • The language of social work
    • Service users and carers as expert contributors
    • Human development and the life-course
  5. Teaching experience

    David's teaching experiences includes both postgraduate and undergraduate programmes.

    David began teaching at Bournemouth University in 2011, teaching on the BA & MA Social Work programmes and also the BA Sociology and Social Policy. There he led modules on Social Work Law and Social Policy; Values, ethics and ideology; and was also a lecturer for the Globalisation and marginalisation module.

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

  6. Work in progress

    Based on findings from his primary qualitative research, David is currently writing his PhD thesis entitled ‘Social Work is Women’s work; Right?’