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David Galley

Dr David Galley BA (Hons), MPhil, PGCE, SFHEA, MBASW

Course Leader

Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences


David Galley won a scholarship from the British Academy while studying for his undergraduate degree in social work, where he attained first-class honours. He has worked on the social work programme at Solent University since 2016. His roles have included lecturer, Admissions Tutor, Level 5 lead, and since November 2019 as Course Leader.

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.

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

David completed his PhD 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 entitled ‘“Social Work is women’s work, right?” Amplifying the voices of male social work students entering into a female majority occupation: applying qualitative methods’, explores these motivations together with male social work student perceptions on their experiences of UK qualifying courses.

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

David is also an external examiner in social work at London South Bank University and City College Norwich.

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

Industry experience

David is a registered social worker with Social Work England (SWE) 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.

Teaching experience

David began teaching at Bournemouth University on the BA & 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. Since 2019, David has also been field tutor for students on practice placement and 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.

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.

Work in progress

David is currently leading a research project entitled, ‘Creativity and Care in times of crisis: an analysis of the challenges posed by the COVID19 virus experienced by social work students in practice placement’.

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:

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.


  • BA (Hons) Social Work (Bournemouth University)
  • MPhil (as part of a transfer to PhD study)
  • PGCE in Post Compulsory Education (University of Southampton)
  • PhD (Bournemouth University)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy