Meet the Alliance


Name: Niall Casserly

Position: CPEL Coordinator

Background: I qualified as a social worker in 1991 and have since worked in voluntary and statutory services in positions ranging from case worker to manager. With a background in criminal justice, substance misuse, service development and training I was a practicing Consultant Social Worker as recently as 2015 in an IFST in the South Wales Valleys. I joined CPEL in March 2015 and I also currently teach on the Cardiff University MA in Social Work.

Role in the CPEL Programmes: I am responsible for overseeing the delivery of the CPEL programmes and am the module convenor for both the Specialist Area of Enquiry module and the Specialist Area of Research module.

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Name: Dr Ceryl Teleri Davies

Position: Part Time Social Work Lecturer

Background: Ceryl is a doctoral student in the Social and Political Sciences department at the University of Lincoln, funded by the University. Ceryl is a qualified Solicitor and Social Worker, with a Master’s degree in both work areas, a postgraduate diploma in Community and Criminal Justice, and qualifications in Mental Health. Ceryl has extensive practice-based experience across social care, criminal justice and mental health services, including work on a multi-agency basis to support children, young people and vulnerable adults at practitioner, middle and senior management level.

Prior to coming to Bangor University, Ceryl taught at undergraduate and postgraduate level on the Criminology and Social Work degrees at the University of Lincoln and undertook a Visiting Lectureship at the University of Chester. Ceryl has worked as a Research Associate for King’s College London on the ‘Signs of Safety’ evaluation.

Ceryl has also undertaken independent work on child sexual exploitation, child to parent abuse, prevention work in schools, serious case reviews, domestic homicide reviews, adult practice reviews and several evaluations.

Research interests include feminist methodologies, participation with young people, Gender Based Violence, young relationships and prevention and early intervention in social care.

Ceryl’s PhD focuses on: This is abuse?: Voices of young women on the meaning(s) of intimate partner abuse, which is based on a regional study in North Wales which utilised a ‘mixed methods’ approach. This included an exploration of the nature of coercion and the psychological harm inflicted by such abuse as well as the impact of everyday forms of harassment such as sexual bullying, groping and gendered patterns of verbal abuse in schools and beyond.

Ceryl is currently working on an evaluation on child to parent/carer harm.

Role in the CPEL Programmes: Modules: Engagement and Practice, Enabling Others and Dissemination and Knowledge
Other Roles: Welsh Language lead


Name: Geraint Evans

Position: e-Learning Project Manager (Cardiff University)

Background: I have over ten years experience in supporting and managing technology enhanced learning, both at Cardiff University and, before that, in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham. Much of my role in both institutions has been involved in supporting part-time distance learning on postgraduate, professional programmes. As part of the School of Social Sciences eLearning Team I lead on a number of projects, including CPEL, and I have a broad range of experience across different programmes within social work and education.

Role in the CPEL Programmes: I am responsible for the online delivery of the CPEL programmes, including learning design and instructional design, content development, project management and training and support.

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Name: Dr. Wulf Livingston

Position: Senior Lecturer in Social Work (Glyndwr University)

Background: I joined the Glyndwr University social work team as Senior Lecturer in September 2010. Prior to this, he taught on a part-time basis on the diploma, and then degree, in social work at Bangor University. I am research and publication active; with a particular interest in alcohol, participatory methodologies and recovery. I have also spent the last 25 years working in a range of community social work settings, both voluntary and statutory, working predominantly in the field of alcohol and drugs. My last post, prior to joining Glyndŵr University, was as Area Manager with Wales Probation.
Additionally I am an active member of the BASW substance misuse specialist interest group, and chair of the New Directions in Study of Alcohol Group.

Role in the CPEL Programmes: (i) Strategic Lead to the Alliance for Glyndwr University. (ii) Module Convenor for Mental Health and Well-being (Experienced Practitioner Programme) and Analaysis and Evaluation (Consultant Social Work Programme)

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Name: Tracey Maegusuku-Hewett

Position: Senior Lecturer in Social Work – Swansea University

Background: I have worked for many years as a support worker, and community nurse with people with learning disabilities, before obtaining a DipSW and Bachelor Degree in Social Work and Social Welfare. Subsequently I practiced social work primarily within the voluntary sector with children, young people and families, engaging in individual, family, group, community  and advocacy and participation work. I have a particular passion for working with asylum seeking and refugee children, young people and families and I’ involved in Wales wide forums on practice and policy development in this area. I have worked in social work education and research since 2007 and I’m currently a senior lecturer on pre – qualifying social work programmes at Swansea. My research interests relate to the well-being and rights of children and young people and to social workers’ engagement with evidence enriched practice. In 2009, I completed a PhD on the subject of UK Immigration Policy and the Welfare of Children Seeking Asylum in Wales.

Role in the CPEL Programmes:  I am a member of the Alliance Team and convenor of the Experienced Practitioner Programme’s Children and Families Module and co- convenor of the Consultant Social Worker Professional Social Work Practice module.  I also supervise some students undertaking the Consultant Social Worker Dissertation Route and I’m a personal tutor for any CPEL students who are linked to Swansea University.

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Name: Gwenan Prysor

Position: Director MA Social Work Bangor University

Background: Having obtained a degree in Sociology and Social Administration, and later a professional qualification as a Social Worker at Bangor University, I worked for a number of years, initially as a Social Worker (Children and Families) and later as a Training Officer, within Ynys Mon and Gwynedd Social Services Departments. More recently, my work has been more focussed on social work training and education. I managed and delivered the accredited North Wales Practice Teaching Award course for individuals who assessed social work students, and from 2006-2012, managed the North Wales Practice Learning Centre, before returning to Bangor University, this time as a member of staff.

Role in the CPEL Programmes: My main responsibility is overseeing Bangor’s contribution to CPEL Alliance Programmes. I initially convened the Engagement and Practice module (Senior Social Worker Programme) and the Enabling Others module (Experienced Social Worker Programme) prior to Ceryl Davies joining the team earlier this year. As well as sharing the academic tutor role for local Bangor University CPEL (Alliance) students with Ceryl, I also lead on the Welsh language provision within CPEL (Alliance) Programmes.


Name: Jo Redcliffe

Position: Senior Lecturer (Swansea University)

Background: I completed a degree in Psychology at Bangor University and worked in a community mental health team and two psychiatric hospitals before qualifying as a social worker by completing the Diploma in Social Work and in addition the Masters in Applied Social Sciences at Swansea University. Following qualification as a social worker I practised as a social worker in a variety of settings, primarily adult substance misuse. I has worked in social work education at Swansea University since 1988, and I am currently the Swansea University lead for post-qualifying social work education and social work internationalisation link.

My research interests include post-qualifying social work, disability, service user and carer involvement and substance misuse. I am currently completing my PhD on the inclusion of disability issues within social work education.

Role in the CPEL Programmes: I am the module convenor for Social Work with Adults (EPSW) and Professional Social Work Practice (PSWP).