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Dr David Galley

Course Leader

Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies

David Galley


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.

Further information

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.

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.