Stuart Gallagher

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Senior Lecturer, Course Leader, Link Tutor, School of Education Work and Placement Based Learning Co-ordinator and Nominated Safeguarding Officer

Children and Families

Contact Details

tel: 01905 855052

Stuart’s interests lie in the development of change-makers in children's services through higher education. His work aims to support students and colleagues to integrate personal development with practice change. 

His University of Worcester responsibilities include:

  • Equalities Representative, Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) University of Worcester branch
  • School of Education Work and Placement-Based Learning Co-ordinator
  • Link Tutor, Early Years foundation degree partnership (Heart of Worcestershire College)
  • Chair, exam boards and course approvals



  • MPhil (University of Bath, 2015)
  • MLitt with Distinction (University of St Andrews, 2002)
  • BA (Hons) First Class (Trinity College Dublin, 1999)
  • Academic Course Leadership (2016)
  • Team Leaders Certificate (2015)
  • PG Cert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2014)

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

Level 4

  • Protecting and Safeguarding: Working together for the child (Early Years FdA)
  • Transition to Higher Education, Transformation of Practice (Collaborative Working with Children, Young People and Families FdA)

Level 5

  • The Developing Child in the Family, Community and Culture (Early Childhood BA Hons)

Level 6

  • Deconstructing and Reconstructing Childhood (Early Childhood BA Hons)
  • Independent Study supervision (Integrated Working with Children and Families BA Hons)

Course Leadership

Collaborative Working with Children, Young People and Families (FdA) supports the development of graduates capable of succeeding in non-statutory children’s and family support work, either in the charitable or voluntary sectors, or in commissioned services.

Leading Culture Change in Safeguarding (PG Cert) brings together students working in health, education, social care, housing, sports and community organisations and across people’s life course, from antenatal care to the care of our older populations, to find innovative ways to safeguard people’s well-being from childhood to adulthood.



Professional Bodies


Gallagher, S. (forthcoming) Safeguarding in the Early Years: Humanising Practice, SAGE Publications

Richards, C.M. and S. Gallagher (2018) ‘Common vigilance: A perspective on the role of the community in safeguarding children’, in Z. Brown and S. Ward (eds) Contemporary Issues in Childhood: A bio-ecological approach, Routledge: London and New York, pp 84-93

Gallagher, S. and S. Sutton-Tsang (2017) ‘Safeguarding: Understanding our responsibilities’, in J. Musgrave, M. Savin-Baden and N. Stobbs (eds) Studying for Your Early Years Degree: skills and knowledge for becoming an effective early years practitioner, Critical Publishing: St Albans, pp 159-71

Stobbs, N. and S. Gallagher (2017) ‘Assessment and feedback’, in J. Musgrave, M. Savin-Baden and N. Stobbs (eds) Studying for Your Early Years Degree: skills and knowledge for becoming an effective early years practitioner, Critical Publishing: St Albans, pp 69-80

Gallagher, S. (2013) ‘A dangerous research journey: researching child abuse as a new dad’, in E. Lee, C. Blackmore and E. Seal (eds) Research Journeys: A collection of narratives of the doctoral experience, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp 111-122

External Roles

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Governor, Worcestershire Virtual School for Looked-After Children
  • Member, Association of Child Protection Professionals (AoCPP, formerly BASPCAN)
  • Member, Quaker Values in Education (QVinE) steering group