Summary of work

Qualifications & (internal) professional and academic institutional positions.

Professor Michael Sheppard


B.Sc. (Hons), M.A., M.A., Ph.D

CQSW, CCETSW, Approved Social Worker (Mental Health), CCETSW

Ph.D.  Social Psychiatry

Relevant Work Experience (most recent employment first)

From 1998 Professor of Social Science & Social Work, University of Plymouth
2004-11 Professorial Member Executive, Universities of Exeter & Plymouth Peninsular Postgraduate Health Institute
1997-2004 Visiting Professor and Fellow, University of Exeter, Centre for Evidence Based Social Services
1992-7 Principal Lecturer in Social Work, University of Plymouth
1987-92 Senior  Lecturer   in   Social  Work,   Polytechnic South  West, Plymouth
1985-87 Lecturer in Social Work, Polytechnic South West
1980-85 Social Worker/Senior Caseworker, Norfolk Social Services Department
1977-78 Social Worker, Newcastle Social Services Department

University Work

Faculty Management

Chair, Research Ethics Committee Faculty of Human Sciences: 1999-2003

Chair Research Ethics Committee (Faculty of Health and Social Work) 2003 to 2011

Chair Research Ethics Committee (Faculty of Health and Human Sciences and Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, 2012-17)

Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Health and Social Work, 2005

Director Research Degrees, 2004 to 2012

Faculty Board Member: 1990-92, 1998-2009

University Promotions Panel, Faculty of Human Sciences 2003

Coordinator RAE Submission Social Work and Social Policy, 2001; 2008

School/Department Management

Academic Leader (Head) of Social Work: 1998-2001

Research Co-ordinator, Department of Social Policy and Social Work 1996-2003

Programme Leader: B.Sc Social Policy and Administration (1988-92)

Programme Leader: B.Sc Social Work with Social Policy (1990-96)

Ph.D./M.Phil supervision completion

8 Candidates successfully completed


At Bachelors and Masters level

Social Work Theory and Concepts; Mental Health and Social Work; Research Methods and Practice; Social Work Skills; Protocol and Ethics Preparation for Research; Dissertation Supervision