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Ensuring children are well nourished, loved and interacted with in the first two years is crucial. Sir Michael Marmot's review of health inequalities in 2010 stressed that "what happens in these early years has lifelong effects" on a person's...

Class of ′78: Gabrielle Jerome

By Gabrielle Jerome

| March 22, 2019

Key learnings for me at Bradford were the unique blend of person-centred practice, and analysis and understanding organisations, reflecting on trends shaping the development of services - social policy, race, disability, gender issues and systemic...

Class of ′78: Anne Cherry

By Anne Cherry

| March 19, 2019

I first worked in Southall during the time of the riots and was immediately challenged by the need to build a considerable understanding of the culture customs experience needs of the Punjabi community.

Class of ′78: Francis Woodward

By Francis Woodward

| March 19, 2019

I think our cohort were fortunate to grow up in the post-war one nation society that then existed.

Class of ′78: Mary Beek

By Mary Beek

| March 19, 2019

I was 19 years old when I arrived in Bradford in 1978. Brought up in a stable family in rural middle England, I knew little of individual or societal problems, but I knew I wanted to be a social worker.

Class of ′78: Wendy Parkin

By Wendy Parkin

| March 19, 2019

Prior to applying for the applied social studies course at the age of 36, I had passed the 11+, done O-levels and then A-levels in chemistry, mathematics and biology, leading to work in a pathology laboratory as a technician specialising in...

Class of ′78: Debbie Olley


By Debbie Olley


| March 19, 2019

On hearing of my application to Bradford University the headmistress at my very traditional school was horrified. She told me no one had ever done such a peculiar course and why on earth were two references required - other universities only...

Class of ′78: David Behan

By David Behan

| March 19, 2019

I was born into a proud, working class Catholic family in Blackburn; of Irish extraction and some mystery - illegitimacy and a grandfather who was a "foundling".

Forty years ago we started our careers at a time of upheaval and expansion in the public sector following the creation of Social Services Departments in 1971 (following Seebohm) and local government reorganisation in 1974.

Class of ′78: Dave Ely

By Dave Ely

| March 19, 2019

I was an unusual student for an undergraduate social work degree. I was just 25, just married, had worked five years in life insurance pensions, followed by three years as a psychiatric nurse during which time I did three A-levels by correspondence...