Fill Out Online Survey – Racial Equity and Career Progression in Social Work

The University of East London and London Metropolitan University on behalf of North East London Teaching Partnership (NELTP), are conducting the Racial Equity and Career Progression in Social Work research project to identify and challenge any barriers preventing social work professionals who identify as a part of Black, Asian and/or minoritised communities from progression and work development.

Our aim is to support colleagues and students who are part of the North East London Teaching Partnership by ensuring a wider management system that respects diversity and challenges oppression. Your participation is very much appreciated and will strengthen our attempt to enhance equality and equity in the workplace, ensuring that everyone can see themselves reflected at every level of the social work workforce.

If you identify as part of Black, Asian and/or minoritised communities, we would be grateful if you could complete a short online survey to help us target and challenge any barriers preventing career progression in social work.

The survey is anonymous and does not ask for personal identifying information.

Please follow the link:

Or scan the QR code that will automatically redirect you to this questionnaire:


The survey will only take 15 minutes, and you will have the chance to win a £50 Voucher.

Findings and recommendations will be shared across the partnership to develop potential models for addressing any barriers we discover. We want to provide a space for discussion and to hear people’s personal experiences in order to refine support given to all social work staff and to enhance their practice and career opportunities.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Anna Jakobczak via email:

Meet our Research Team:

Mark Wheeler
Mark Wheeler is the Lead Researcher for this important research project. Mark is a qualified, registered social worker with over 20 years' experience in social work practice and education in the US and UK. In the UK, he has worked as a Mental Health Social Worker and Care Coordinator in London Borough of Hounslow and City of Westminster. In the United States he served as a community organizer with refugees from southern Sudan, a board governance consultant for grass roots community organizations, a case manager and clinician for homeless women, as well as develop programmes and coordinated youth community projects.
Chris Lane
Chris Lane is the Interim Head of School of Computing and Digital Media at London Metropolitan University. Chris has had previous roles at the University as a Head of Subject, Community Development, Refugee Programmes, Social Work and Youth Studies, Associate Dean and Head of Partnerships and has recent direct experience of social enterprise management. He has also been involved in providing consultancy linked to innovation and social entrepreneurship in Central Asia over the last five years as well as having been closely involved in the development of the NELTP.
Amina Adan
Dr Amina Adan is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at Kingston University. Doctoral Research Supervisor at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Amina is a registered social worker with extensive strategic, operational and management experience of working within Local Authorities Children’s Services and CAMHS.
Catherine Schumann
Catherine Schumann primarily delivers practice education programmes in social work. Prior to being a university lecturer, she worked as a social worker, working in Adults and Children services. Catherine has also worked as a training officer delivering training on the protection of children into two Local authorities. Catherine is the course lead for practice education stage 1 and 2.
John Solas
John Solas is the Research Degrees Lead for the School of Education and Communities and Programme Leader for the Professional Doctorate in Social Work at UEL. He has held academic posts at Bradford, Keele and seven Australian Universities, including Batchelor Institute, Australia's only exclusively Indigenous Tertiary Education Institutions. John is a facilitator for the Racial Equity and Career Progression in Social Wok project and looks forward to working with you on this most important cause.