Please read about our research team below.

Fran Waugh

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BSW Hons UNSW, PhD Syd

Following over 20 years professional experience as a registered nurse and then a social worker, Fran has been employed as an academic in the Social Work and Policy Studies programs in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney since 2000. Fran has consistently been involved in Field Education program and taught across most units of study in the undergraduate program and Social Research in the postgraduate coursework program. Her practice research has focused on risk and protection of vulnerable groups such as children who have been abused or neglected; women living with domestic violence; older people with dementia. Fran’s  scholarship in teaching research includes practice learning, blended learning and social work education, embedding diversity in the curriculum, internationalisation and leadership in mentoring.  Fran has been the acting dean of the Faculty since April, 2013. She has had various roles including:  program convenor, postgraduate coursework coordinator, coordinator of the Doctor of Social Work, eLearning academic convenor, the associate dean (learning and teaching), associate dean (academic programs) and pro dean.


Wendy Bowles

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Wendy Bowles has been active in social work practice and academia for over 30 years and has taught in social work and human services at Charles Sturt University since 1991. For most of that time she has been Field Education Coordinator. She currently holds a faculty-wide position as Sub-Dean Workplace Learning. Wendy’s research interests focus on field education, ethics, disability and rural and regional social work practice issues. She has co-authored 2 books (in ethics and research methods). One of her passions is to raise the profile of field education in social work and academia. Towards this end she has served on various national committees reviewing field education accreditation policies and approaches. In partnership with the Australian Association of Social Workers Wendy has created a national online field educator training program, guided by a national consultation process and reference group with members from around Australia. 


Ros Giles

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BSW MSW Sydney, AM

Ros Giles is an honorary senior lecturer, having retired in 2012 as Director of Social Work Field Education University of Sydney. This role bought together her extensive experiences as a social work practitioner and manager, as a field education supervisor and as a tertiary social work educator. Roslyn is very interested in how adult learners continuously combine their life experiences with formal processes of critical reflection and skill development, in striving to develop just and ethical human service practice. Her research includes projects to develop and implement national social work practice standards, as well as health context practice based data mining projects and research about social work priorities in practice.