Jane Fenton

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Reader - Head of Taught Postgraduate Studies - Senior Lecturer

Bio

Biography

I have worked at the University of Dundee since 2006, having spent most of my social work career in statutory Criminal Justice Social Work (CJSW) in Dundee. When I came to the university, I felt very lucky to have the opportunity to undertake a PhD focusing on social work values in CJSW as the expression of those values in CJSW had concerned me for some time. During my PhD study, I made an unexpected finding that younger workers were more accepting of managerial and neoliberal restrictions on value-expression than their older colleagues, and this led me to further research and study into students' interface and relationship with neoliberal hegemony.

As well as those research/scholarship interests, I am Head of Taught Post-graduate Programmes for the school  and serve on various committees and working groups. I have an absolute affinity with our aspirations to deliver excellent teaching and learning in the school and enjoy contributing to that aim to the best of my ability.

Teaching

My teaching interests link to my research and scholarship areas, namely: ethics and values; neoliberalism; and risk and decision-making. I am passionate about teaching and am consistently told this comes across in my lectures and seminars. I am very glad about that because social work is worth being passionate about! 

Research interests

As above, my research interests have developed from an interest in 'ethical -stress' (when values cannot be realised in practice) to an interest in younger workers and students' engagement with, and critique of, neoliberal hegemony. Reflecting this current interest, I published my first sole-authored book in 2016 entitled; 'Values in social work: reconnecting with social justice.' This was aimed at students and was written as an accessible text to help students understand neoliberalism and its anithetical position to social work values. I am currently writing a second sole-authored book (to be published in March 2019) called; 'Social work for lazy radicals: relationships, critical thinking and courage in practice.' This is a more advanced text, but, again, is intended for students who want to practice in a value-based, partnership, unoppressive way with the people who use social work services. I have also published a range of papers and chapters which further reflect my journey and the changing landscape of my scholarly activity. All of this work is fundamentally connected to my teaching. As a result of the above, I am frequently asked to act as an external examiner in various capacities, usually underpinned by my committment to social justice in social work.

Publications

Social work education and the challenge of neoliberal hegemony
/2019
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter

'Risk is King and Need to take a Backseat!' Can Social Workers' Experiences of Moral Injury Strengthen Practice?
9/2018
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Putting old heads on young shoulders : helping social work students uncover the neoliberal hegemony
4/2018, Social Work Education
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Are social workers like wine – better with maturity?
4/2018
Research Output: Non Textual > Web publication/site

‘Risk is King and Needs to take a Backseat!’ Can social workers’ experiences of moral injury strengthen practice?
9/2017, Journal of Social Work Practice
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Sliding doors : Did drama-based inter-professional education improve the tensions round person-centred nursing and social care delivery for people with dementia: A mixed method exploratory study
12/2016, Nurse Education Today
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Paradoxes in social work practice: mitigating ethical trespass’ by Merlinda Weinberg. London: Routledge, 2016, ISBN 9781472431097, 179 pp.
2/2017, Ethics and Social Welfare
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Book/Film/Article review

Values in Social Work : Reconnecting with Social Justice
9/2016
Research Output: Book Anthology > Book

Organisational professionalism and moral courage : contradictory concepts in social work?
4/2016, Critical and Radical Social Work
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Can social work education meet the neoliberal challenge head on?
9/2014, Critical and Radical Social Work
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

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Activities

Power in Practice - Social Work for Lazy Radicals

Jane Fenton (Speaker)
19 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote

Activity Type: Talk

Reviewer for Research Grant Applications

Jane Fenton (Consultant)
1 Sep 2018 → …

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

Activity Type: Consultancy

Social Work Action Network (SWAN) National Conference 2018

Jane Fenton (Participant)
20 Apr 201821 Apr 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Activity Type: Attendance

Lancaster University

Jane Fenton (Visiting researcher)
1 Sep 2017

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

Activity Type: Visit Other

Social Work Education (Journal)

Jane Fenton (Editorial board member)
1 Feb 2015

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

Activity Type: Editorial Work

Social Work Education (Journal)

Jane Fenton (Peer reviewer)
12 Jan 2014

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Activity Type: Editorial Work

British Journal of Social Work (Journal)

Jane Fenton (Peer reviewer)
1 Nov 2013

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Activity Type: Editorial Work

External Examiner

Jane Fenton (Member)
3 Sep 2012

Activity: Examination typesExamination

Activity Type: Examination

School of Education, Social Work and Community Education, Annual School Research Conference

Jane Fenton (Keynote/plenary speaker)
Jun 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

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