Jacob Finney

Senior Lecturer

Health, Education, Policing and Sciences

I’m a Senior Lecturer in Social Work, having spent the last 7 years as a practicing social worker in the field of children’s safeguarding. I am fortunate that this has given me invaluable experience in other related fields such as children with disabilities, adoption, fostering, children in care and a broad range of adult-orientated issues.

I have been a social worker since 2015, having obtained a master’s degree in Social Work from Keele University. However, I first found my passion for working with children and young people as a residential support worker with Looked After Children in 2011. It is here that I truly began to appreciate how capable, caring and resilient young people are, despite their adversities.

As a social worker, I have practiced in London and, most recently, my wonderful birthplace of Stoke-On-Trent. Working in London has afforded me the opportunity to work with and celebrate a wide range of cultures and backgrounds. Prior to this, I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Journalism in 2012 from Sheffield Hallam University.

I would describe myself as a systemic, trauma-informed and relational social worker. Promoting the wellbeing and emotional health of social workers in the workplace has also become an area of focus whilst in practice; something which I would like to continue researching and promoting moving forward.

Academic qualifications

  • MA – Social Work – Keele University
  • BA (Hons) – Journalism – Sheffield Hallam University
in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021