Dr Valerie Gant

Senior Lecturer, Social Work

I am a qualified and registered social worker with over 10 years experience in Local Authority Adult Services.

I obtained a PhD in 2008 researching the needs of older carers of adults with learning disabilities. I have 7 years experience as a senior lecturer in social work and teach at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

I am interested in issues to do with care giving and with learning disability and in supporting students to develop their potential as future professionals.


2012 PGCert HETL  Edge Hill University

2008 PhD Older Carers of Adults with Learning Disabilities: Reciprocal Care and Service Needs-LJMU

1997 MA DipSW  University of Warwick

1995 BA Social Studies  University of Warwick

Professional associations:

Fellow of HEA

Member of BASW

Member of ESWRA


I am the Module Leader for:

  • SW5009 Social Care Organisations and inter professional working.
  • SW7023 Social Work Law and Ethics
  • NM5104 Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups

I contribute to a variety of other modules within the Faculty.  I coordinate the use of service users and carers within social work education at the University of Chester.  I am a faculty representative for safeguarding issues.

Postgraduate supervision

I supervise postgraduate student dissertations.


I am an External Examiner for the University of Coventry MA Advanced Professional Practice.

I am a frequent reviewer for the British Journal of Learning Disabilities.


My research interests are many and include carers and caregiving, learning disability and communication at end of life care.

I have carried out several research projects exploring the above areas as well as the contribution of service users and carers to student education.

I am interested in international social work and am a member of the European Social Work Research Association and have presented at several international social work conferences. 

Published work

Journal Articles

Gant, V. (2012). An exploration of the motivations of service users and carers involved in student social work education and the challenges that such involvement brings. Enhancing the Learner Experience in Higher Education 11/2012; 4(1):44. DOI: 10.14234/elehe.v4i1.50

Gant, V. (2010). Older Carers and Adults with Learning Disabilities: Stress and Reciprocal Care. Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 7(2), 159-172.

I am also involved in a number of projects including collaborating on a text-book on need, risk and protection in social work practice as well as being engaged in a number of other scholarly activities.