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Abyd Quinn-Aziz


+44 29208 70028
+44 (0)29 208 74175
Room 2.02, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA


I am Programme Director for the MA Social Work (2 year) qualifying programme at Cardiff University, after about 25 years of practice in Social Care and Management Development.  My latest Social Work practice experience was Family Group Conferencing, where I set up the first service in South Wales with some local authorities.  I also chaired child protection conferences.

Public profile

  • I am a member of BASW Cymru Commitee
  • I am External Examiner at University of East London
  • I am on the Race Alliance Wales Steering Group
  • Member of Senedd Expert Panel on National Care Service


My name is Abyd Quinn Aziz and I am a Reader in Social Work at Cardiff University and Programme Director of the MA Social Work.  I am a Registered Social Worker.

My last role in practise was setting up the first Family Group Conferencing project in south Wales, leaving when we had run over 100 conferences.  Before this, I practised as a social worker in a range of fields (child protection and mental health) in the statutory sector and with third sector organisations as well as freelancing for a while in roles such as independent chair of child protection conference.  Through my career I have had breaks for practice to work as trainer in social work, child protection and management development and my main interests are in children and families social work and anti-racism in social work and higher education.

I am also a member of organisations outside work that look at diversity and discrimination and was a trustee of Diverse Cymru, Chair of Plaid BME and on the steering group of Race Alliance Wales. I am on BASW Cymru national commitee and on Cardiff UCU executive.

Most recently have jointly editted and contribute to chapters in Livingston, W.; Redcliffe, J and Quinn Aziz, A. (2023) Social Work in Wales Policy Press, Bristol.  (Publication Date 01 June 2023)

I use the time I have left with my family and running and used to enjoy travelling!

BASW Cymru interview with Abyd Quinn Aziz Social Work Programme Director at Cardiff University

Honours and awards

2022 Awarded Excellence in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion by Cardiff University

Professional memberships

  • Registered Social Worker with Social Care Wales




I teach on the MA Social Work, across a range of modules, such as:

Year 1

  • Introduction to social work theory and practice
  • Social Science Perspectives
  • Year 2
  • Working with Individuals, Famiies, Groups and Communities

On Enabling Practice for Practice Educators on

  • Social Work Theory
  • Reflection
  • Family Group Conferencing
  • Empowerment

Sept 2003 - Sept 2005 - The Development of an all-Wales Evaluation Tool for Family Group Conferences

2013 - Developing an evaluation of family group conferencing across Wales

2022- - Family Group Conferencing in adult social care and mental health: exploring how it works and what difference it can make in people’s lives.