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Dr David Galley

Associate Head, Department of Social Sciences and Nursing, and Course Leader

Department of Social Sciences and Nursing

David Galley


Dr David Galley won a scholarship from the British Academy while studying for his undergraduate degree in social work, where he attained first-class honours. 

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, 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 into gender and social work education and training across all four nations of the UK.

In addition to his academic responsibilities at Solent University, David also sits on the research ethics and equality, diversity and inclusion committees of Solent University.

David's expertise relates to the 2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 global SDGs encompass ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all. David’s work contributes towards the following SDGs:

SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
SDG 4 - Quality Education
SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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

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.




Social work, social work education, gender, masculinities, qualitative research

Further information

2020: RIKE Funding, £3300. 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.

Taught courses

BA (Hons) Social Work

Make a positive change and pursue a fulfilling career in social work: on this degree you will gain the knowledge and practical experience key to making a difference to the lives of vulnerable people.

Social Worker (Integrated Degree) Apprenticeship

Are you looking to pursue a career in a rewarding profession? Solent’s social work apprenticeship degree will help you develop a thorough grounding of the standards required to become a professional social worker.