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Dr Thomas Slater

Dr Thomas Slater


School of Social Sciences

02920 874155
2.41B, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA
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Available for postgraduate supervision

I was appointed as Lecturer in Social Work in 2015. Previously I completed my PhD and Masters degree within the School of Social Sciences (Cardiff University). My research interests are mental health social work, suicide prevention, devolution and child neglect. My PhD was a mixed methods study on the role of social workers in suicide prevention. The findings from this are being disseminated via journal publications. Through my role I have responsibilities as an admissions tutor (various programmes), personal tutoring (post-graduate), PhD and Professional Doctorate supervision, supervising dissertations (post-graduate), and teaching at post graduate level.

Education and qualifications:

  • 2015: PhD (Social Work), Cardiff University (UK)
  • 2011: Post Graduate Certificate (Social Science Research Methods), Cardiff University (UK)
  • 2009: MA (Social Work, Cardiff University (UK)
  • 2004: BA (Sociology), University of York (UK)

Career overview:

  • 2015-present: Lecturer in Social Work, Cardiff University School of Social Sciences
  • 2015-present: Sessional Supervisor, ChildLine/NSPCC
  • 2013-2015: Senior Policy Researcher (Wales/Cymru), NSPCC
  • 2011-2013: Hourly paid lecturer/Graduate Tutor, Cardiff University School of Social Sciences
  • 2011-2011: Graduate Tutor, Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • 2009-2010: Social worker (Children Services), Caerphilly County Borough Council

Professional memberships

  • Registered Social Worker (Social Care Wales)

Speaking engagements

Speaking engagements and conferences:

  • 2018: European Social Work Research Association (ESWRA)
  • 2017: Society for Social Work Research (SSWR)
  • 2016: European Social Work Research Association (ESWRA)
  • 2013: 3rd European Conference for Social Work Research (ECSWR - now ESWRA)
  • 2013: Wales and South West England Doctoral Social Work Research Conference, Bristol University
  • 2012: Doctoral conference for social work and education, Sussex University
  • 2012: 14th European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour (ESSSB14)
  • 2011: Cardiff University Doctoral Social Work Research Day

Erasmus teaching:

  • 2017: Erasmus+ Teaching Mobility, Technological Educational Institute (T.E.I) of Athens (Greece)
  • 2016: Erasmus+ Teaching Mobility, University of Kassel (Germany)
  • 2015: Erasmus+ Teaching Mobility, University of Kassel (Germany)

Committees and reviewing

  • 2015-present: Member of the School of Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee (SREC)
  • 2015-present: PhD Pathway Convenor for Social Work and Social Care







I currently teach on the following programmes:

  • MA Social Work
  • MSc Social Science Research Methods (SSRM) - Social Work/Care Pathway
  • PhD
  • Professional Doctorates

My research interests are as follows:

  • Suicide prevention
  • Mental health social work
  • Devolved social care and social work
  • Social work education

Past projects

  • Co-supervisor (50%) for Victoria Sharley - Identifying and responding to child neglect in Schools in Wales (awarded 2018)