Hazel Evans

Senior Lecturer Practitioner

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Education and Social Care

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Social Work and Social Policy

Hazel worked in social care settings for over 17 years before taking on her role at the University.



An ARU alumna, Hazel joined the staff team in January 2019 as a Senior Lecturer Practitioner in Social Work. After qualifying as a Social Worker she was employed in a variety of roles in Cambridgeshire. This included being a Kinship Assessor, providing fostering supervision for Kinship Carers, serving as the county Lead Officer for Private Fostering, and predominantly working in frontline children’s services. Within the Team and Unit models, Hazel gained experience of various functions including initial assessments, long term case supervision, court work, working with children who are looked after, and had line management responsibilities.

Hazel was a guest lecturer for a number of years and now teaches regularly on the readiness for practice skills modules for undergraduate and postgraduate students. Her primary role in the Greater Cambridgeshire Social Work Teaching Partnership has been to review all ARU social work academic modules with the lens of a practitioner and to coordinate the development of the curriculum content. Hazel supports students as a Placement Tutor and as a tutor on Step Up to Social Work.

Research interests

Hazel has particular interests in relationship-based social work, father-inclusive practice, kinship networks, and developing reflective skills. She is co-supervising the Social Work Student Summer Research Project 2020.


Hazel contributes to teaching on the BA Social Work and MA Social Work courses at Peterborough, Cambridge, and Chelmsford.


  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, Cardiff University (2005)
  • MA Social Work, Anglia Ruskin University (2010)
  • Post Qualification Consolidation Module in Children and Families Social Work, University of East Anglia (2012)

Memberships, editorial boards

Registered Social Worker (SWE)