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Dr Lee Quinney

profileSenior Teaching Fellow, Social Work
+44 (0)2476151318

Room WCE0.14, Centre for Lifelong Learning, Westwood Campus

Dr Lee Quinney joined the University of Warwick in 2019 as a Senior Teaching Fellow with responsibility for launching the Degree Apprenticeship in Social Work. He is a qualified and registered social worker and has been a practitioner, practice teacher and educator in a range of settings within England and Wales.

He has a keen interest in teaching and learning and is a fellow of the HEA. He is an experienced social worker, academic, researcher, and academic manager. Whilst Lee has primarily taught on social work courses, he has a wider experience of being an external expert visiting for course revalidations, periodic reviewer at different universities, QAA development group member, external examiner, and external consultant. He has served a full term as an Officer and Secretary of the UK’s Social Work Education Committee. Publications, conference presentations, and research have focused around social work education, social work practice and mental health, and he previously served a full-term as a member of the Editorial Board for Social Work Education (the International Journal).

He was Vice-Chair of the All Wales Social Care Research Collaboration, as well as a university social work/care research lead, ethics committee, and inter-agency workforce development group member, and Head of Social Work. Prior to full-time work in academia, he worked for many years in post-qualifying practice, mostly in the mental health field, and with some time as a project manager, practice educator/assessor, and senior practitioner with approval under the Mental Health Act. He is HCPC registered.

Lee has primarily published work and undertaken projects in the areas of mental health, housing and homelessness, criminal justice, forensic mental health, and social work education. For a time he specialised in the area of practice and services for people with a psychopathic or severe personality disorder.

He also had a keen interest in men, risk, violence, and masculinities. Lee developed an interest in social care education and workforce development with published work relating to ‘online’ learning and a keen interest in instructional design and learning styles. Over time he has always held an interest in evidence-based practice and the power of prediction. Lee has supported postgraduate research projects including, community needs and learning disabilities, legal highs, child sexual exploitation, and mental health aftercare. He is an established mixed method researcher.

He has experience of using grounded theory, situational analysis, content analysis within research and project supervising students. He has interest in narrative method and participatory research is an experienced individual and group interviewer and is currently focused on developing his use of social network analysis and Bayesian analysis within research and supervision. Lee has supervised PhD and other postgraduate research students through to the successful completion of their projects.

PhD Supervision
Potential PhD candidates are welcome to contact regarding research proposals related to one or more of the following topics:

  • Mental health, housing and criminal justice
  • Personality disorder, psychopathy and psycho-social models
  • Men, masculinities, mental disorder and violence
  • Social work education and learning
  • Technology enhanced-learning
  • Workforce, Work-based and professional learning
  • Apprenticeships in higher education
  • Conceptualising method and mixed methodologies

Publications include:

Quinney, L. 2017 [Book Review] Rutter, L. and Brown, K. (2016) Critical thinking and professional judgement in social work, London: SAGE, British Journal of Social Work.

Quinney, L. 2016 [Book Review] Trotter, C. 2015, Working with Involuntary Clients: A guide to good practice,( 3rd Ed), London: Routledge, British Journal of Social Work. 46(7).

Quinney, L 2015 [Book Review] Adult Social Care, Social Work Education (An International Journal), 35(4).

Quinney, L. 2014 [Book Review] Stather, J. 2013, Secure Accommodation Handbook, Bristol: Family Law, Jordan Publishing Limited, Social Work Education (An International Journal), 33(8).

Quinney, L., 2012 [Book Review] Kindred, M. 2011, A practical Guide to Working with Reluctant Clients in Health and Social Care, EuroVista: Probation and Criminal Justice, 2(2), p115-116.

Quinney, L and Fowler, P. 2012. Facilitating Shared Learning between Carers, Service Users and Social Work Students, Social Work Education, 32(8), p1021-1031

Quinney, L. 2012. Returning to Social Work Practice: A Literature Review and Comparative Analysis between Professions, Practice: Social Work in Action, 24(5), p329-339

Quinney, L. 2012. Community resilience in the wake of horrific social events, Journal of Safer Communities, 11(2), p90-95

Quinney, L. 2011. Tackling loneliness to avert a downward spiral, Community Care, 4 Feb 2011 [Online], Available at: www. community 2011/ 02/04

Quinney, L (2010) Housing-related support and the needs of mentally disordered offenders, Housing, Care and Support, 13(2), p14-19.

Quinney, L (2010) [Book Review] Shaw, I; Briar-Lawson, K; Orme, J. and Ruckdeschel, R. (2010) The SAGE Handbook of Social Work Research, London, Sage, British Journal of Social Work 41(2):399-401.

Quinney, L (2009) [Book Review] Culture and Mental Health: Sociocultural Influences, Theory and Practice, Sussie Eshun and Regan A. Gurung (eds)(2009), Malden, MA and Chichester, Wiley-Blackwell, British Journal of Social Work ,39(8), p1631-1633.

Reissman, C. and Quinney, L. (2005) Narrative in Social Work: A Critical Review, Qualitative Social Work, 4(4), p391-41.

Quinney, L. (2002) Dangerous people with a severe personality disorder: Diagnosis, risk assessment and services, Practice (in Action), 14(3), p59-70

Quinney, L. (1997) Diversional Group Therapy: A study of effectiveness, Nursing Standard, 11 (47), p34-37.

Reports and Monographs

Quinney, L. 2013. Involving Service Users and Carers in the Degree in Social Work
Care Council Funding Scheme - Final Report 2012-13.

Quinney, L and Fowler, P. 2012. Facilitating Shared Learning between Carers, Service Users and Social Work Students @ Glamorgan (interim report), CELT, University of Glamorgan. (Grant: £10,000)

Quinney, L. 2012. Returning to Social Work Practice: A Literature Review (final report), Care Council for Wales. (Grant: £3,000)

Quinney, L. 2007. Wales Directory of Mental Health Supported Housing (Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan), Bridgend: South Wales Forensic Psychiatric Service.

Quinney, L. 2007. Mental Health Supported Housing Mapping and Pilot Survey Study: South East, West, and Mid-Wales Regions, Bridgend: South Wales Forensic Psychiatric Service.

Expert Review and Advisor in Reports

Magill, J., Yeates. V. and Longley, M. 2010. Review of ‘in safe hands’: a review of the Welsh Assembly Government’s guidance on the protection of vulnerable adults in Wales, Pontypridd: Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care/ University of Glamorgan.

Partial review unpublished. 2013 eBook entitled: Jack the Writer: A Verbal & Visual Analysis of the Ripper Correspondence, at