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Joanne Lewis

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader Youth and Community BA (Hons)

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details


tel: 01905 542160

My career within the profession of working with young people and the community has spanned over 25 years. Starting as a volunteer youth worker, working with young people with learning disabilities to today where I research and lecture within the field. Over this period of time, I have worked in a range of settings and locations across the country from County Durham to Plymouth; not exactly Land’s End to John O’ Groats but getting close! My passion, interest and knowledge of working with people is evident within my lectures. I work closely with all students to enable them to reach their aspirations and goals and achieve the degree they are capable of. When I am not working, I enjoy riding my bike and perhaps one day I will bike from Land’s End to John O’Groats!


1999 BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work

2013 MA Transformative Practice

2015 PG Cert Teaching in Higher Education and Fellow of HEA

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research


  • Reflective and Evidence Based Practice ·        
  • Teamwork and Leadership in Multi-Professional Contexts       
  • Professional Formation within Practice Applied Research in Practice


  • Professionalism within practice and professional identity
  • The changing landscape of youth and community work and the adaptability of workers
  • Reflective practice
  • Working within virtual communities


Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Fellow Higher Education Association

Member of the Secretariat of TAG – The Professional Associations of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work Education



Conference Papers

June 2015 – presented at the Annual UW Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Conference: “How to Turn Boring into Playful”.

June 2016 – presented at the Annual UW Learning and Teaching Conference: “Powerful Partnership Working: Course developments from the bottom up”.

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities