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Dr Lucy Gray

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

Summary

Dr Lucy Rai (Gray) is a senior lecturer in social work; she has recently completed an 18 month secondment as the academic champion on Project Minerva (https://minerva.open.ac.uk/). From 2012- 2016 she was Associate Dean Learning and Teaching for the Faculty of Health and Social Care. She has been working at The Open University as a senior lecturer and lecturer in social work since 2001. She began her career in higher education as a lecturer in Social Work at North East Worcestershire College. Prior to that she worked as a qualified social worker in children’s services. Lucy completed her PhD on student writing in social work education on 2008 and has been undertaking research in partnership with 6 local authorities investigating social work writing.

 Lucy has been the academic consultant on three BBC series, Child of Our Time, Someone to Watch Over You and Protecting Our Children, which won the 2012 Grierson Award for best documentary series.

Background

Lucy qualified as a social worker in 1989 and has worked in a range of statutory settings with children and families in the South West before becoming involved in teaching in higher education in 1995. Her experience included statutory child protection work and therapeutic groupwork and counselling with children and families. Over the past 15 years she has developed her interest in adult learning and widening participation in social work with a specific focus on academic and professional writing.

Lucy has worked for The Open University since 2001 where she led the development of Understanding Children which won the Commonwealth of Learning Ward for best distance learning course. She has subsequently taught on the BA Social work where she was Assistant Head of Department. Lucy took up the role of Associate Dean Learning and Teaching in 2012 and is currently the academic champion for the strategically funded innovation project, Minerva. 

Research interests

Research interests

Lucy has been researching writing in social work for 16 years, initially focusing on student writing and latterly exploring professional social work writing and the ways in which writing undertaken during qualifying education prepares practitioners. She has particular interests in reflective writing, identity and the role of emotion in writing.

Lucy completed her PhD in 2008 which was entitled Student writing in social work education and is currently writing a book entitled Writing in social work: Making a difference to be published by Policy Press in 2012.

Lucy is currently the chair of the Impact Advisory Committee for an ESRC funded research project, Writing in Social Work Practice (WiSP). 

PhD Supervision

Ruth Hamilton ‘Women’s Writing and Widening Participation in Higher Education in the UK’

 Jenny Macmilan ‘Widening Participation for Women:  Are non-traditional educational routes truly empowering for women seeking professional qualification through the social work degree?’

Publications

Books

Rai, Lucy (2014). Effective writing for social work. Social work in practice. Bristol: Policy Press.

Book Chapters

Rai, Lucy (2010). Reflections on writing in social work education and practice. In: Seden, Janet; Matthews, Sarah; McCormick, Michael and Morgan, Alun eds. Professional development in social work: complex issues in practice. Post-qualifying social work. Abingdon, UK and New York, NY, USA: Routledge, pp. 163–170.

 

Lucy Rai and Debbie Stringer (2010) ‘Partnership and Participation’ in Long, L et al (Eds) The Law and Social Work: Contemporary Issues for Practice, Palgrave Macmillan, p.40-55. ISBN 978-0-230-54303-4. 50%. Course reader.

 

Journal Articles

Rai, Lucy (2006). Owning (up to) reflective writing in social work education. Social Work Education, 25(8), 785 -797.

 

Rai, Lucy (2004). Exploring literacy in social work education: a social practices approach to student writing. Social Work Education, 23(2), pp. 149–162.

 

Rai, Lucy (2004). Exploring literacy in social work education: a social practices approach to student writing. Social Work Education, 23(2), pp. 149–162.

 

Lillis, Theresa and Rai,  Lucy.  (2012) 'Quelle relation entre l’écrit académique et  l’écrit professionnel ? Une étude de cas dans le domaine du travail social' Pratiques, http://www.pratiques-cresef.com

Rai, Lucy (2012), 'Responding to emotion in practice based education' Higher Education 

 Rai, Lucy and Lillis, Theresa (2013) ‘Getting it Write’ in Social Work: exploring the value of writing in academia to writing for professional practice. Teaching in Higher Education

 

PhD Thesis

 

Rai, Lucy (2008). Student writing in social work education. [Thesis]

Teaching interests

Teaching interests

Lucy has specialised in teaching, leaning and pedagogies having acted as co-director of the Practice Based Professional Leaning CETL, Associate Dean Learning and Teaching and recently academic champion on Project Minerva, which promoted the development of innovation in the application of pedagogies and technologies. She has over 20 years experience of teaching social work, with particular expertise is in children and families. She has also acted as academic advisor on three BBC series, Child of Our Time, Someone to Watch Over You and Protecting Our Children, which won the 2012 Grierson Award for best documentary series.

Lucy is an academic reviewer for the Open University Validation Services.

External Examiner

University of the West of England - 2006-2009

Royal Holloway (University of London) - 2011 - 2015

Goldsmiths University of London - 2011- 2015

Impact and engagement

Lucy is chair of the Impact Advisory Group for the ESRC funded 'Writing in Social Work Practice' (WiSP) project.

Publications

Effective writing for social work (2014-09-17)
Rai, Lucy
Social work in practice
ISBN : 978-1-44730-516-3 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol
Reflections on writing in social work education and practice (2010-09-03)
Rai, Lucy
In: Seden, Janet; Matthews, Sarah; McCormick, Michael and Morgan, Alun eds. Professional development in social work: complex issues in practice. Post-qualifying social work (pp. 163-170)
ISBN : 978-0-415-55336-0 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon, UK and New York, NY, USA
Student writing in social work education (2008-07)
Rai, Lucy
PhD thesis The Open University

News

Improving wellbeing through digital games

Dr Hannah R. Marson, Research Fellow in the Health & Wellbeing Priority Research Area, and organiser of the upcoming Digital Health & Wellbeing Conference, was interviewed by eldercare.org to discuss how research using digital games and associated technologies has been investigated in the area of health and wellbeing. Read the full article: Technology and Gaming for the Elderly: Improving Wellbeing.

20th November 2017
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