Kofi Konadu

Lecturer in Social Work

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

School:Education and Social Care

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Social Work and Social Policy

Kofi is a qualified Social Worker with experience in adults, older people, and mental health in both statutory and non-statutory social work settings. He is currently a full-time lecturer in Social Work at Anglia Ruskin University and a part-time PhD student.

Background

Before joining ARU, Kofi worked as a Social Worker with Cambridgeshire County Council and was seconded to the Older People Mental Health Team, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT). He had previously worked with Sheffield City Council’s Emergency Placement Team for Adults. Again, prior to qualifying as a Social Worker, Kofi worked in both the third sector and the private sector as a development practitioner, fundraiser, chief operating officer among other roles both in Ghana and the UK.

Kofi has transitioned from practice to academia having initially taken up a visiting lecturer role at the University of Hertfordshire prior to taking up a full-time lecturing role at Anglia Ruskin University. He is also a professional fundraiser and holds a Certificate in Fundraising and Full Certificated Membership with the Chartered Institute of Fundraising-UK.

Research interests

Kofi is currently studying for his PhD at Anglia Ruskin University. His research focusses on the impact of austerity measures on charity social work in England using a case study approach.

Teaching

Kofi teaches on both the BA and the MA Social Work courses in the following subjects: Developing Professional Social Work Practice; Social Work with adults; Safeguarding in context; Assessed Readiness for Direct Practice; and Applied theories/Research. Additionally, he provides 1:1 tutorial support to students; serves as a personal tutor for MA Year 1 group at Chelmsford; serves as a placement tutor and provides general support to his students throughout their studies.

Qualifications

  • Master of Arts in Social Work, University of York
  • Master of Arts in Development Studies, University of Ghana
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science, University of Ghana

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member of Social Work England (SWE)
  • Member of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW)
  • Certificate in Fundraising and Full Certificated Membership (CIOF3500686) Chartered Institute of Fundraising-UK