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Raluca Sarbu

Senior Lecturer

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details


tel: 01905 542651

I have been working in the social work area for the last 20 years, both as a practitioner and lecturer, having the opportunity to work in two very different countries and cultures: Romania and then, from 2010, the UK. This was a fantastic learning journey for me, offering me the chance to develop transferable skills and knowledge.


Post graduate Diploma in Higher Education 2016

PhD in  Sociology- 2009

BA in Social work - 1995

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching interests

My teaching interests are in area of Law in social work and Methods and interventions in social work practice.

I consider that an effective teaching has to be always delivered in partnership with students, incorporating  their needs, vision and interests.

Research interests

Relationship based practice

Roma/gypsy communities

Professional migration in social work

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Health & Care Professions Council

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy



Zanca, R. and Misca, G. (2016)   ‘ Filling the gaps? Romanian social workers’ “migration” into the UK’, Social Work Review, 1/2016

Sandru, C., Zanca, R. (2010) An actual perspective on health services in Romania. 4 sociological studies , Transilvania University Press(

Zanca, R “Child protection in Romania: services, dilemmas and specific issues”,   in D. Buzducea (editor), “The Social work for risk groups”, Polirom , Iasi, 2010: 73-105. (

Zanca, R. “A current l perspective on Romanian social work system”  , in Peter Erath , Brian Littlechild (editors)  “Social work across Europe- Accounts from 16 Countries”, vol.1,  published by University of Ostrava – European Research Institute for Social Work, 2010: 130-136, ISBN 978-80-7368-910-0

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities