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Mr Simon Bernard Lynn

Head of Social Work

Cass School of Education and Communities

I am an experienced, qualified, registered social worker (SW34451) and social work educator. I was a Senior Manager in the Voluntary Sector working in London before joining the social work team at University of East London in 2005. My interests include social work with people with learning difficulties or learning disabilities; mentoring and social work with looked-after young people; research, learning and practice in relation to the UK Jewish Community. As well as a professional social work qualification I hold a Masters in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (MALT).  I have been Head of Social Work at UEL since January 2014 and am committed to leading a subject area that upholds the highest standards in learning, teaching, practice and research. Email me on

    (BA (Hons) in Applied Social Science, DipSW, PG Cert., MA in Learning and Teaching (MALT) Simon joined the social work team at UEL in September 2005. Before this he was an Assistant Director in the voluntary sector with responsibility for developing good and innovative practice in work with adults with learning difficulties. He has extensive and diverse social work and care management experience in the voluntary and statutory sectors. Simon has been a professional social work tutor and an associate lecturer in community care for The Open University in London and has also been a practice teacher/assessor/educator. Simon acted-up as Principal Lecturer and Head of Social Work at UEL for the academic year 2010-2011.


    Lynn, S., and Aspis, S. From Discrimination to Activism Jewish Socialist No.60 Summer 2010


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    Lynn, S., and Nowicka, G., Mabel finds her voice in Community Living Vol. 22 No.1 2008

    Lynn, S., Overcoming barriers to supported living in Comminity Living Vol. 20 No1 2006

    Lynn S., 'Breast is best' so why not for parents with learning difficulties? in Community Living Vol. 16 No. 1 2002

    Lynn, S. Ravenswood Village 'Village Ghetto' or 'Thriving Community' in Community Living Vol. 14 No 4 2001

    Lynn, S The last Ghetto? Jewish Socialist No.43 Winter 2000/2001



    Simon's strongest area of interest is in social work with people with learning difficulties particularly in developing narrative research and practice approaches. He has strong links with The Centre for Narrative Research (CNR) at UEL and is also a member of the Social History of Learning Disability research group based at the Open University (

    A further area of interest is in some dissenting and marginalised histories and experiences of Jewish people in UK and links between these and wider anti-oppressive perspectives. Simon is co-editor of a dissident secular Jewish magazine



    SK2304 Interpersonal & Inter-Professional Skills
    SK3301 Social Work Development 3 including Social Work Dissertation (Module Leader)
    SK3318 Practice Placement 3 (Module Leader)
    SK3320 Social Work with People with Learning Difficulties (Module Leader)
    SK3327 PQ Social Work with People with Learning Difficulties (Module Leader)
    SKM400 MA Introduction to Social Work
    SKM401 MA Values and Ethics in Social Work
    SKM405 MA in S.W. Dissertation
    SKM409 MA in S.W. Practice Placement 1
    SKM410 MA in S.W. Practice Placement 2
    BA (Hons) Social Work
    MA Social Work
    Grad Dip PQSSW
    Practice Educator Training
    Registered Social Worker - GSCC