Staff Profiles: Michael Isles

Michael Isles

Staff Profile: Michael Isles
Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Michael Isles

Michael Isles

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Social Work and Social Care

Learning should be enjoyable as well as challenging - I always strive to achieve these goals in my teaching, particularly as I have such engaging subjects as law and policy, and mental health.


I have focused on the relationship between social work and law for much of my career, since qualifying in 1987 and going on to practice in adult social care and mental health. I practiced as an Approved Social Worker (now Approved Mental Health Professional) and have practice-educated both social work students and ASW trainees. I'm legally qualified and a member of the Association of Law Teachers and the Society of Legal Scholars. My specialist subjects are mental health practice and social welfare and family law. The learning journeys of students is something I feel very passionate about, and I always endeavour to facilitate sessions with maximum participation, respect for individuals, and an openness to discussion.


Award Title Institution Date
DipHE Diploma in Applied Social Studies / Cert. Qual. in Social Work Bristol Polytechnic 1987
PQ Approved Social Worker's Award Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work 1989
CertHE Certificate in Teaching Adult Learners City of Bristol College 1995
LLB (Hons) Bachelor of Laws University of the West of England 2000


Registered Social Worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (2018-20)


Letters of Commendation from City of Guilds of London Institute for an Outstanding Contribution to External Quality Assurance in Education, 2006

Shortlisted 'Most Inspiring Lecturer' at the student led teaching awards, University of Gloucestershire 2015

Award for Services to External Examining, Joint Council for Qualifications, 2017

Shortlisted 'Most Inspiring Lecturer' at the student led staff awards, University of Gloucestershire 2018

Won 'Best Academic Feedback' at the Student Led Staff Awards, University of Gloucestershire 2018

Won 'Most Inspiring Lecturer' and the Student Led Staff Awards, University of Gloucestershire 2019

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (2015)

Member of the Society of Legal Scholars (2014)

Member of the British Association of Social Workers (2013)

Teaching and research


Social Work, Law & Policy; Social Work & Mental Health; Managing Self in an Organisational Context.


Undergraduate, Postgraduate


Law in social work training and practice, particularly the place of legal doctrine, legal method and legal system for social work education.

Working towards a master's degree in Law (LLM) with the Open University.

External responsibilities

Writing a book on Law Essentials for Social Work and Health Professionals.

Subjects for media interviews

Legal topics in social work.

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