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Research Profile

Dr Heather Ottaway  


Career Profile

Dr Heather Ottaway has been a Lecturer in Social Work in Cardiff School of Social Sciences since 2011. She successfully completed her PhD in 2012 (title: ‘sibling connections: an exploration of adopted people’s birth and adoptive sibling relationships across the life-span’). Prior to undertaking her PhD Heather worked for 11 years as a children and families social worker, primarily in the fields of child protection, fostering/ adoption and with children and their families affected by disability.

Memberships / External Activities

  • 2012 - Member of Welsh Government’s Expert Advisory Group on Adoption
  • 2012 – Member of the British Sociological Association
  • 2005 – Present  Registered Social Worker with the General Social Care Council.

Teaching Profile

Module leader: Social Science Perspectives (MASW Levels 1 & 2)

Module leader: Anti-discriminatory Practice (MASW Level 1)

Teaching on the following MASW modules:

  • Principles and Practice of Research Design (Master’s Level; Post-qualifying programme).
  • Introduction to Social Work Theory (MASW Levels 1)
  • Introduction to Social Work Practice (MASW Level 1)

Teaching on the following undergraduate modules within the School:

  • Children and Childhood (2nd year undergraduate)
  • Social Research Methods (2nd year undergraduate)

Masters dissertation supervision.