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Dr Fran Wiles

Fran Wiles

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
  • Social Work
  • fran.wiles

Professional biography


I joined the Faculty of Health and Social Care in 2005, having previously worked as an Associate Lecturer since 1997. As a qualified social worker, I worked in hospital and community teams between 1981 and 1992, and started teaching social work in 1991. Between 2001 and 2005 I held management posts in a local authority training and development team, and at the General Social Care Council.


Research interests


My doctoral thesis was ‘Professional registration and the discursive construction of social work students' identities’, available from

I am interested in discourse analysis and narrative methodologies, and in participatory research methods. My particular areas of interest are: professional identity; professional regulation; social work education; service and carer involvement.

I am currently involved with colleagues in researching social work professional identities.

Teaching interests


I have contributed to the presentation and production of a wide range of past and present courses in the Faculty of Health and Social Care, including:

K101 An introduction to health and social care (contributing author)

K113 Foundations in social work practice

K216 Applied social work practice (contributing author)

K315 Critical social work practice (contributing author)

K832/ K833 Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work (contributing author)

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Social Work Research GroupResearch GroupFaculty of Health and Social Care


Picturing social work, puzzles and passion: exploring and developing transnational professional identities (2018)
Wiles, Fran and Vicary, Sarah
Social Work Education; The International Journal ((Early Access))
Developing social work students’ professional identity: the role of England’s Professional Capabilities Framework (2017)
Wiles, Fran
European Journal of Social Work, 20(3) (pp. 349-360)
‘Not easily put into a box’: constructing professional identity (2013-07-20)
Wiles, Fran
Social Work Education, 32(7) (pp. 854-866)
Blurring private-professional boundaries: does it matter? Issues in researching social work students' perceptions about professional regulation (2011-03)
Wiles, Fran
Ethics and Social Welfare, 5(1) (pp. 36-51)
What is professional identity and how do social workers acquire it? (2017-06-05)
Wiles, Fran
In: Webb, Stephen A. ed. Professional Identity and Social Work (pp. 35-50)
ISBN : 9781138234437 | Publisher : Routledge Academic
Regulating social work identities: some implications and dilemmas in professional registration (2010)
Wiles, Fran
In: Seden, Janet; Matthews, Sarah; McCormick, Mick and Morgan, Alun eds. Professional Development in Social Work: Complex Issues in Practice. Post Qualifying Social Work (pp. 30-36)
ISBN : 978-0-415-55336-0 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Being a social worker: exploring and teaching about professional identities (2017-06)
Wiles, Fran and Vicary, Sarah
In : EASSW-UNAFORIS 2017 European Conference (27-29 Jun 2017, Paris, France)
In work and outside work: social work students’ identities (2010)
Wiles, Fran
In : Dilemmas for Human Services: papers from the 12th International Research Conference, 2008 (11-12 Sep 2008, University of East London, UK)


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The OU has been awarded Carer Positive ‘established' status by Carers Scotland.

19th July 2018
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