Trish Hafford-Letchfield

Prof, Chair for Social Work and Head of School Social Work and Social Policy (role share)

  • United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am able to supervise in any of the above topics, particularly ageing and social care; LGBTQI; mental health; leadership in the public services; arts based pedagogies

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Personal profile

Personal Statement

I am a qualified nurse and social worker with 18 years practice experience in social work, the latter 10 of which I managed statutory social work services for adults, in England. I have held many roles in relation to Third Sector governance.  My research interests lie in the experiences of ageing in marginalised communities and most of my research is applied and co-produced with people with lived experience. Prior to joining Strathclyde, I was Professor of Social Care at Middlesex University, London where I worked for 11 years.

My doctorate studies were in educational gerontology exploring the role of lifelong learning in care services. I have a strong interest in the rights of LGBT+ communities and I am a founder member of the international LGBTQI social work network. In relation to learning and teaching I have over 100 publications including 18 key books covering a range of topics on leadership, management, organisational development, feminism, sexual and gender identities, values and ethics, gerontology, social work supervision. I have also published widely in other areas such as the use of the arts in professional education, parenting, ageing and disability. 

I have been involved in funded research by NIHR SSCR; DHSC England; British Academy; IASSW; Comic Relief; EU Cost Action; EU Erasmus Plus, Chief Scientist Office NHS Scotland.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification


Award Date: 20 Apr 2019

Doctor of Education, The Open University

May 2007Oct 2011

Award Date: 1 Feb 2011

Kingston University


Award Date: 1 Sep 2007

London South Bank University

Sep 2004Jul 2005

Award Date: 1 Jul 2005

University of Westminster

Jan 2003Sep 2004

Award Date: 1 Sep 2004

Chartered Management Institute


Award Date: 1 Sep 2004

The Open University

May 2003May 2004

Award Date: 1 Jul 2004

Master of Arts, Middlesex University London

Sep 1985May 1987

Award Date: 1 Jul 1987

Middlesex University London

Sep 1983May 1985

Award Date: 2 Sep 1985

Bachelor of Arts, Middlesex University London

Sep 1981May 1985

Award Date: 1 Aug 1985

Essex Area Health Authority

Sep 1977Sep 1980

Award Date: 2 Sep 1980

External positions

Research Committee Member, British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Apr 2019Aug 2021

Research Associate Social Work, University of Stellenbosch

Feb 2017 → …


  • Social Work
  • Arts based pedagogies
  • Social Care
  • InInterprofessional Learning
  • Leadership
  • Co-production
  • Ageing
  • Anti-discimination
  • Parenting
  • Sexuality
  • social justice


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