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Dr Thomas Slater

Dr Thomas Slater

Senior Lecturer

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 have been a member of staff at Cardiff since 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 welfare and wellbeing. Through my role I have responsibilities as an admissions tutor (MA in Social Work), personal tutoring (various post-graduate programmes), PhD and Professional Doctorate supervision, supervising dissertations (both post-graduate and undergraduate), teaching (primarily at post-graduate level), and am a member of the Research Ethics Committee (REC).


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:

  • 2020-present: Senior Lecturer (Social Work), Cardiff University School of Social Sciences
  • 2015-2020: Lecturer (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)
  • Fellow of Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy)

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

  • Deputy Chair of School of Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee (SREC)












I currently teach on the following programmes:

  • MA Social Work
  • PhD
  • Professional Doctorates
  • Undergraduate dissertations

My research interests are as follows:

  • Suicide prevention
  • Mental health social work
  • Devolved social care and social work
  • Social work with children and young people


I am interesting in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Mental health
  • Children's social care
  • Social work education and training

Current supervisees (PhD):

  • Kemba Hadaway
  • Laura Mayhew-Manistre
  • Louisa Roberts
  • Rosie Moore
  • Sarah Cavill

Current supervisees (Professional Doctorates):

  • Lauren Doyle
  • Natalie Greenwell
  • Rebecca Burden
  • Robert Lomax

Past projects

  • Victoria Sharley - Identifying and responding to child neglect in Schools in Wales (awarded 2018)