Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences, London

University of Plymouth Professor of Social Science & Social Work, (1997 on)

University of Exeter Visiting Professor and Fellow, Centre for Evidence Based Social Services, (1997-2004)

Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, Professorial Member Executive, Peninsular Postgraduate Health Institute, (2004-2011)

Editor of two learned/refereed journals (Issues in Social Work Education (now Journal of Social Work), 1990-2000, and Social and Public Policy Review (2008-12) and Associate Editor of one journal (Practice)

Over 120 publications in the form of books, edited works and original articles in learned journals

Empirical Article of the Year, Social Work Education, 2017: World Congress on Social Work, Education and Social Development (Dublin):


Sheppard, M. and Charles, M. (2017) A longitudinal comparative study of the experience of social work education on interpersonal and critical thinking capabilities. Social Work Education the International Journal, 30, 7, 745-57

31 original articles published in British Journal of Social Work alone, widely regarded as the world’s leading social work journal (The journal with the most articles in the world’s top 100 cited social work publications)

Authored work amongst the top 100 cited social work publications in the world

Key Institutional Positions: Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences, London;  HEFCE Specialist Advisor for the Research Assessment Exercise to Social Work/Social Policy panel 2008; formerly member National Health Service Executive: Research and Development Awards Responsive Grants Committee; Economic and Social Research Council (Responsive Grant Assessor, Professorial Fellowship Assessor, End of Grant Report Rapporteur); subsequently Peer Review College, ESRC; Advisor Academy of Finland (Research Council for Culture and Society)

Lead for Parliamentary Expert Seminar for MPs and Lords on Child Protection following death of Baby Peter Connelly.  Sponsored by Parliamentary Select Committee for Social Science and Social Policy

Consultancy work with government and practice agencies, including 11 Local Authorities

Author: Report of inquiry into events leading to the Death of Catherine, Jennifer (aged 9) and Louise Palmer (aged 7) – while Catherine Palmer was under Psychiatric Care. Report for High Court Dublin (A case of comparable tragedy and import to those in the U.K. such as Jasmine Beckford & (baby) Peter Connelly)

Extensive experience of research leadership within  University, including Associate Dean, Research, Director of Research Degrees, Chair, Research Ethics Committee, and subject Academic Leadership of Social Work. Directed, prepared and wrote the University submission in Social Work and Social Policy for RAE, 2001, 2008.

Experience of development of research capacity in subject area: Plymouth, with no prior record of research excellence in this area entered the RAE under Social Work and Social Policy for the first time in 2001, achieving a 4 (national with some international elements). In 2008 UoP achieved 55% 3 or 4* ratings, placing it 27th in SWSP Unit of assessment (of 70 + Universities submitting)

Extensive teaching experience at Bachelors and Masters level, and record of successful PhD supervision

External Competitive Research funding: as Director of Research >£600K on 11 projects.

Published work in learned/refereed journals in six disciplines

[(1) General Practice: Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners [now British Journal of General Practice], Update: The Journal of General Practice, (2) Psychiatry (Psychiatric Bulletin), (3) Social Science generally (Social Science and Medicine and Social and Public Policy Review) (4)  History (Bulletin of the Society for the Study of Labour History, [now Labour History Review] (5) Nursing (Journal of Advanced Nursing) as well as (6) Social Work (Various)]