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Dr Mel Hughes

  • 01202 962802
  • mhughes at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Principal Academic
  • Royal London House R404, Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3LT
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Mel is a senior lecturer in social work and a practice educator with specific interests in the student experience, practice learning, mental health and substance use.


The impact of service user and carer involvement on students' subsequent social work practice: a follow up study

Developing standards of care in residential homes: A participatory Action Research project in collaboration with The Patient Association

Gaining insight into what works to minimise loneliness and isolation. A participatory action research project in collaboration with the Poole Wellbeing Collaborative

Principal investigator: evidencing the impact of service user involvement in professional health and social work programmes

Principal investigator: Parents Story Project: Gaining insight into parental substance use

Journal Articles




  • Hughes, M., 2012. Is social work education life changing?: a unitary appreciative inquiry into the impact of social work education on a person's beliefs, values and behaviour. PhD Thesis. Bournemouth University, School of Health and Social Care.

PhD Students

  • Matt Taylor
  • Debbee Houghton
  • Debbee Houghton. Using midwives perspectives to unravel medicine management in contemporary practice

Profile of Teaching PG

  • First substantive placement part A; first substantive placement part B; final substantive placement part A; final substantive placement part B

Profile of Teaching UG

  • personal and professional development
  • community placement
  • Readiness to undertake practice learning
  • Practice learning in agency settings


  • The power of narrative and stories in enabling learning for professional practice (Higher Education Academy, 16 Apr 2013). Completed

Internal Responsibilities

  • Academic lead, Carer and Srvice User Partnership

Conference Presentations

  • Service user and carer coordinators in HE, Sharing good practice, 28 Oct 2015, Bournemouth
  • Gaining insght into parental substance use, The Parents Story Project: Unitary appreciative inquiry, 29 Apr 2015, Bournemouth
  • Joint Social Work Education Conference: Celebrating that which unifies us, Unitary appreciative inquiry – research method, therapeutic intervention and innovative pedagogy., 13 Jul 2016, Milton Keynes
  • Challenges and best practice in co-production, Taking a life of its own: reflections on co-production with a theatre company and film makers’, 18 May 2016, Sheffield University


  • Practice Educator award in Social work practice education (BU, 2005)
  • Doctorate in Professional Practice in Social Work Education (Bournemouth University, 2012)
  • MA in Social Work (Edinburgh University, 1997)


  • Senior Fellow (HEA, 2015)
  • Shine award (HEA Wessext, 2015)


  • GSCC, Member,
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