Greg Ryan
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Greg Ryan

Greg Ryan joined London Metropolitan University's School of Social Professions as a senior lecturer in social work 2014. Prior to coming to London Met, Greg had 17 years of post-qualifying social work experience in a wide range of voluntary and statutory settings including:

  • work with rough sleepers
  • outreach services for individuals with dual diagnosis
  • adult safeguarding
  • mental Health
  • substance misuse
  • HIV
  • adult disabilities services


Greg qualified as a practice educator in 2007 and trained as a best interest assessor for the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) in 2009 and has extensive practice experience in both these areas. Greg was awarded an MSc in Practice Education (Advanced Social Work Award) in 2014. Greg is currently registered as a social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Since joining the Social Work Team at London Metropolitan, Greg has taught a comprehensive range of subjects including law for social work practice, values and ethics, communications, skills for social work practice, theoretical perspectives for social work intervention, assessment and planning, safeguarding and protection of children and adults, and research skills and methods for professional social work. Greg teachs law for social work to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, with a specialist interest in the Care Act, Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

In recognition of his attainment and professional development in teaching and learning support in the area of Social Work in Higher Education, Greg was made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in June 2016. His research interests include the development of professional resilience and identities in social work practice, migration, diversity, disability, ageing and social care in the community.

Ryan, Greg and Dustin, Donna (2015) 'Scaffolding and Transformative Learning with First-Year BSc Student Social Workers in the 4th Hour', Investigations in University Teaching and Learning, Vol. 10, 52-59

Conference presentation at European Association of Schools of Social Work (EASSW): ‘Social work education in Europe: challenging boundaries, promoting a sustainable future’ June 2017.

Presentation of an abstract 'Learning Resilience in Social Work Practice'; an evaluation of the outcomes of an action research project carried out with social workers in the practice context of a Statutory Adult Social Care Department in north London. It examined methods and techniques of group learning to support practitioners to critically reflect and engage with the affective aspects of their practice in order to support their occupational resilience and develop their emotional intelligence.

Greg Ryan
Social Work Skills Development Lead