Dr Lucy Rai (Gray) is currently 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 childrens 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.
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 Assocaite Dean Learning and Teaching in 2012 and is currently teh academic cahmpion for the strategically funded innovation project, Minerva.
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 refelctive writing, identity and the role of emotion in writing.
Lucy completed her PhD in 2008 which was entitled Student writing in social work educaiton and is currently writing a book entitled Writing in social work: Making a differnece 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).
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?’
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.
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
Lucy has specialised in teaching, leaning and pedagogies having acted as co-director of the Practice Based Professional Leanining CETL, Associate Dean Learning and Teaching and recently bthe academic champion on Project Minerva, which promoted the development of innovation in the application of pedagogies and technologies. She has over 20 years experinece of teaching social work, with particular expertise is in children and families. She has also acted as acedemic 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.
University of the West of England - 2006-2009
Royal Holloway (University of London) - 2011 - 2015
Goldsmiths University of London - 2011- 2015