Vanessa Ferguson

Acting Deputy Head of School (Education and Social Care)

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

School:Education and Social Care

Location: Cambridge

Research Supervision:Yes

Vanessa has been a qualified social worker for 10 years. Vanessa’s practice centred on adult mental health, before the move into social work education. Vanessa now has experience in developing technology, along with Paul Driver (senior learning technologist) for the education of social work students.



Vanessa worked in adult mental health for 7 years, based in the community and then a psychiatric hospital. Vanessa also worked as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), adult safeguarding lead and was the team leader of an award winning Home Treatment Team (Home Treatment Accreditation Scheme awarded by the Royal College of Psychiatry).

Since joining Anglia Ruskin University Vanessa has run a successful skills based module for 2 years. Vanessa is a current Education Doctoral student, and has recently been appointed as the Acting Deputy Head of School for Education and Social Care within the faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care.

Research interests

Use of technology in the education of social work students.


  • Assessed Readiness for Direct Practice (ARDP)
  • Powers, Duties and Accountabilities (PDA)


  • PG Cert in Higher Education (Anglia Ruskin University)
  • Masters Degree Social Work (Anglia Ruskin University)
  • Bachelors Degree Psychology and Sociology (Anglia Ruskin University)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Course leader for Mental Health Training for Hubei Delegates, 2019

Recent presentations and conferences

12th International conference on Practice Learning and Teaching, St John’s College Oxford Sept 2018 with Paul Driver