Sharon Lambley

Sharon Lambley MBA, PQSW, PGCert, PGCE, BSc (Hons)

Senior Teaching Fellow

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Sharon Lambley

Senior Teaching Fellow

SharonI recently started as a Senior Teaching fellow at the University of Greenwich (August 2021).

She is an experienced academic, with over 30 years of teaching, research and business development/consultancy experience. She is a qualified and registered social worker (CQSW) and teacher (PGCE and QTS). She was awarded an MBA over 25 years ago, and have used the knowledge and skills from this programme to inform consultancy and business development activities. Sharon has co-developed and delivered Higher Education accredited programmes of learning to employees from across the public sector, engaging service users, professional bodies and agencies in my work. She has co-developed and provided research evaluations to health, local Government, social work and social care commissioners. She contributes to academic scholarship by writing reports, peer reviewed articles, presenting at national and international conferences, and peer reviewing research (including articles written by practitioners).

Sharon is committed to bringing service user and carer voices into all aspects of social work practice and learning, and to supporting innovation and change in and across public services, sharing my research findings in publications and public speaking.

Posts Held Previously
  • 2018 to 2021; Lecturer University of the West of Scotland, London campus. Responsible for leading Masters in Public Administration. She developed, delivered and assessed student learning and undertook supervision of social science dissertations
  • 2017 to 2018; Freelance Consultant with Institute for Leadership and Management (writing learning materials)
  • 2010 to 2017: Lecturer and CPD Director (Social Work and Social Care), University of Sussex. She led the development, delivery and developments on post qualifying CPD (social work and social care). She developed, delivered and assessed undergrad and post graduate education, including dissertation supervision (social work). She was the link tutor at the University of Sussex, providing institutional support to Croydon College delivering Sussex degree programmes. She engaged in writing and research
  • 2004 to 2010 Senior Lecturer London Metropolitan University. She was the lead for MA health and social care management programme. She co-produced modules and taught on social work and management programmes.  She engaged in externally funded research and supervised student dissertations
  • 2003 to 2004: Freelance Consultant. She conducted research for the NHS University, Sussex Learning and Skills Council, Sussex Police and undertook organizational development work for 6 Open College networks
  • 2002 to 2003:  Project lead for Kent, Sussex and Surrey Workforce Development Confederation and freelance consultant.
  • 2000 to 2002: Business development Manager (public sector) University of Brighton. She worked across the University of Brighton to build strategic projects, supporting capacity and capability building. She engaged with local partnerships to develop new education opportunities and supported 3 large conferences to bring communities together to identify learning needs.  She worked within the University to bring about change to respond to external demands for University services
  • 1999 to 2000: freelance consultant engaged in workforce development projects, research to identify new opportunities for business growth and change, and some teaching at the University of Brighton and Chichester.
  • 1991 to 1999:  Researcher, Research Fellow, Teaching Fellow, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Development/Consultant. Roles at the University of Brighton. She left social work practice to begin an academic career at the University of Brighton where she engaged in teaching, research and consultancy work.
  • 1987 to 1991 Social worker and senior social worker; Assessment and casework, and community development.  She managed the childminder services and link lead for domiciliary care. She undertook emergency duty work.
  • 1984 to 1986 Manager Hove YMCA. She set up and managed a community development programme employing 22 people. The programme offered local people a range of community based services, employing long term unemployed staff for 1 year. She offered workplace training and supported staff into long term jobs.
  • 1982 to 1984; Residential social work and social education officer. She provided care and supported to adults with complex needs in residential and day care settings
  • 1979 to 1981; 3 six-month University placements in care settings

Responsibilities within the university

Sharon's current duties include leading the MA Social Work programme and teaching on a range of modules across the under graduate and post graduate social work programmes.

She is also engaged in programme developments, particularly in relation to CPD.

Sharon is an active scholar, engaged in research and writing.


Peer reviewer for:

  • The British Journal of Social Work
  • Human Service Organisation: Management, Leadership and Governance
  • Child Abuse Review
  • Teaching Public Administration
  • The European Journal of Social Work

Registered social worker with Social Work England.

Research / Scholarly interests

Sharon's research interests focus on the management of professionals i.e., the supervision and delivery of professional casework practice. In addition, she is interested in organizational change and leadership practices in work settings. She seeks to be inclusive of service user and carer perspectives in my work, and she is interested in how these perspectives inform professional, management and organizational practice in social work.