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Personal Statement

I have been a lecturer in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Strathclyde since December 2014.  Before coming to the university, I worked for 10 years as a professional social worker in the statutory and voluntary sectors, both in Scotland and the USA.  These experiences underpin my current teaching and research and promoting and developing social work practice is a key priority.

I teach on both the undergraduate and postgraduate courses in social work and am on the School’s Ethics Committee.  I am actively engaged in a number of research projects and knowledge exchange activities with specific interests in: death, dying and bereavement; loss; public health approaches to palliative care (including compassionate communities); children and young people; participatory research methods; and practice development.  Much of my work involves working with a variety of disciplines and I welcome opportunities to work collaboratively. I am a research consultant to the Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ) and the Centre for Health Policy, both based at the University of Strathclyde, and a member of the Primary Palliative Care Research Group at the University of Edinburgh. I am also a stakeholder group member in the Good Life Good Death Good Grief Alliance and the Scottish Representative for the Association of Palliative Care Social Workers. 

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Death, dying and bereavement
  • Loss
  • Public health approaches to palliative care (including compassionate communities) 
  • Participatory research methods
  • Research with children and young people
  • Practice and service development

Teaching Interests

My teaching spans three broad fields: social work, bereavement and loss and research skills. I teach across both of the qualifying social work programmes: the BA(Hons) in Social Work and the Masters of Social Work.  I also contribute teaching on bereavement and loss in other settings, academic and practice, to a variety of disciplines. 

Research Interests

My research mainly focuses on bereavement, loss and end-of-life care with a particular emphasis on developing the resilience of communities to better cope with, and support, related experiences.  I have a particular interest in the experiences of children and young people and practice development.  I have experience of action research and am committed to participatory research methods that have impact across practice and policy as well as within academia.

I welcome proposals from Undergraduate, Masters or potential PhD students with related research interests. 

External positions

Research Consultant, Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice

May 2016 → …

Committee Member: Research and Evaluation, Association of Public Health and Palliative Care: UK

Nov 2015 → …

Scottish Representative, Association of Palliative Care Social Workers

Oct 2015 → …

Stakeholder Group Member, Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief

Mar 2015 → …

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Research Output

Addressing the bereavement needs of children in school: an evaluation of bereavement training for school communities

McManus, E. & Paul, S., 1 Mar 2019, In : Improving Schools. 22, 1, p. 72-85 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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    Here and Now: An Evaluation of Barnardo's Trauma, Bereavement and Loss Service in Schools

    Gillon, F., Vaswani, N. & Paul, S., 31 Jul 2019, Glasgow. 33 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportOther report

    Open Access
  • Prizes

    HASS Early Career Impact Award

    Sally Paul (Recipient), 20 Jun 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    The Role of Social Work in End of Life Planning

    Sally Paul (Speaker), Becky Chaddock (Speaker)
    5 Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Death, dying and bereavement: a practical approach to education and support in schools

    Helen Quinn (Speaker), Sally Paul (Speaker)
    25 Apr 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk