Rosslyn Dray

Rosslyn Dray

  • Senior Lecturer In Social Work
  • Bournemouth Gateway Building BG501, St Pauls Lane, Bournemouth, BH8 8GP
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I joined Bournemouth University in September 2017 and have teaching responsibilities in practice learning which creates natural links to practice through the Teaching Partnership and external partners. My teaching also includes mental health and substance use, drawing on my practice experience in this field.

I am currently undertaking a Phd which focuses on exploring the role of mistakes in social work practice learning and how this can lead to meaningful learning.

I have worked in community mental health teams as a social worker and Approved Mental Health Professional. This involved working with adults experiencing severe and enduring mental health issues. I also have experience as a safeguarding adult practitioner, I have worked within a multi-disciplinary team delivering Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and worked as a Best Interest Assessor (BIA).

Prior to joining Bournemouth University, I had a role assisting the Principal Social Worker for adults in the Bournemouth area. This role supported strategic management and, involved working with all teams within the Local Authority, developing key policies and procedures to comply with legislation, networking with other Local Authorities, implementing key practice changes, undertaking audits, supporting the development of newly qualified social workers, implementing training, and workforce development...


Journal Articles


  • Dray, R., lake, S. and mayall, H., 2023. Working with adults with mental health issues. Social Work Practice with Adults Learning from Lived Experience. SAGE.
  • Rooney, Z. and Dray, R., 2019. I was detained under the Mental Health Act. In: Hughes, M., ed. A Guide to Statutory Social Work Interventions The Lived Experience. Red Globe Press.

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Practice Learning - First Substantive Placement (MA Social Work)
  • Mental Health and Substance Use (MA Social Work)

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Practice Learning - First Substantive Placement
  • Mental Health and Substance Use
  • Safeguarding Adult Awareness (BA and MA) - placement preparation

External Responsibilities

  • St Aldhelm's Orchestra, Trustee and safeguarding lead (2022-),
  • Practice Educator Learning Partnership, Representative and member (2018-)

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Practice Educator Learning Partnership (19 Sep 2023)


  • HEA fellowship of HEI in education (Teach BU, 2020)
  • Graduate Certificate in Practice Education in Practice Education (Social Work) (Bournemouth University, 2017)
  • MA in Advanced Mental Health Practice (Bournemouth University, 2015)
  • BA (Hons) in Social Work (Southampton Solent University, 2007)
  • Advanced Diploma Counselling & Psychotherapy in Counselling and Psychotherapy (CPCAB, 2002)
  • BA (Hons) in History (Southampton University, 1998)


  • British Association of Social Workers (BASW), Member (2010-),
  • HCPC (formerly GSCC), Member (2007-),