Ms Miriam Leigh
Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 295247
Room: Office - 112
First Floor
Haldane Building
Singleton Campus

Miriam firstly completed a degree and then the Diploma in Social Work at Bangor University in 1998.  Since then, Miriam has undertaken a variety of Social Work roles in England and Wales, as a registered Social Worker in Children’s services, working with children and families, as a Children’s social worker, Supervising Social Worker, Senior Practitioner, Complaints Officer, Training and Recruitment Officer and Training and Development Officer. Miriam has undertaken further qualifications in teaching and research and has dedicated much of her time to working in a voluntary capacity, within her local community, working with children, young people and adults. Miriam’s main interests lie in child and adult resilience, systems and other theories, Mental Health and the Law. Miriam has been employed as a Lecturer at Swansea University since 2015.

Miriam is employed by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, and is a bilingual member of staff, whose role it is to enhance the Welsh and bilingual learning opportunities available to students, and to support students who choose to study and be tutored through the medium of Welsh. 

Miriam is involved in teaching the Welsh context to BSc and MSc students, as well as professionals undertaking the Assessor Award, and Social Work practitioners who partner with the Social Work Programme across South Wales, and those students studying the Approved Mental Health Professional course. Additionally, Miriam teaches Law to BSc students in their first and second years.

Miriam has designed a Welsh context model for students and practitioners, to aid our knowledge and understanding of how the Welsh context impacts Social Work practice, on a daily basis.

Miriam arranges Welsh language classes specifically designed   for students, a Welsh language on-line course and a lunch-time bilingual forum for those that are interested in hearing the language and experiencing a bilingual environment. Miriam promotes bilingual learning within the classroom, and supports  students’ in transferring these skills to their work placements, to raise the standards of their practice. Miriam is a member of a number of committees, as part of her role in ensuring Welsh language standards and a bilingual learning environment.

Miriam also leads a team of students and service users, undertaking experiential activities with children and adults at the Urdd Eisteddfod each year. 

Miriam supports Welsh speaking students to gain Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol scholarships and bursaries, which promote learning through the medium of Welsh.  


  • ASQ101 Introduction to Social Work

    This module considers the place of contemporary social work within historical and comparative perspectives both in Wales, the U.K. and internationally. It also examines the issues and trends in modern public, social and political philosophies and the influence they have on practice and service delivery. It considers the relationship between the Welsh Assembly Government, agency policies in Wales, legal and regulatory requirements and professional boundaries in shaping the nature of the services provided and particularly those in inter-disciplinary contexts. Attention will also be paid to the inter-relationships with other social services in Wales and particularly education, housing, health, income maintenance and criminal justice when provided on a partnership basis. It introduces the student to the current range and appropriateness of statutory, voluntary and private agencies providing community-based day-care, residential and other services. This will be achieved within a thorough examination of the particular issues facing service-using citizens in contemporary Wales.

  • ASQ105 Introduction to Social Work Law

    This is a core module for the BSc (Hons) Social Work programme. At an introductory level, this module provides an overview of the legal processes and frameworks that inform and guide social work practice in the UK and, more specifically, Wales. This includes an introduction to the meaning and classification of law, the legislative process, devolution and its implications for the administration of justice in Wales. It will also consider the court structure (civil and criminal) and the personnel of the law and their relationship with social workers. Finally, present laws dealing with equality and discrimination will be considered in the context of developing an anti-oppressive approach to practice. Students will be encouraged to begin to critically appraise the strengths and limitations of legal frameworks in terms of human rights implications and in relation to issues of equality.

  • ASQ204 Legal issues in Social Work and Social Care

    This module examines the legal frameworks that shape and regulate decision making in social care and social work. It considers how social workers can make use of law in a way that enables positive and socially just change, and examines the value of law from a variety of perspectives, including service users and professionals. The module covers a range of legal issues relating to social work and social care practice, including child welfare, youth justice and community care. Emphasis is given to the practical application of legal frameworks and human rights considerations to case scenarios. Particular attention is paid to how the Human Rights Act 1998 and anti-discrimination legislation informs practice.

  • SW-M04 Ethics and Values in Social Work

    This module provides a critical understanding of ethics and values applied to social work practice. Particular reference will be made to the social processes that lead to social exclusion in Wales and their impact on day-to-day life and service provision. It also addresses the values and provision of social work services with particular reference to the concepts of stigma, empowerment, equalities and anti-oppressive practices and legislation. The historical evolution, philosophy and application of social work ethics, values and the Care Council for Wales Code of Practice for social care workers are considered in relation to practice application with different groups. Emphasis is placed on the development of the reflective and ethical practitioner.

  • SW-M07 Dissertation in Social Work Research and Evidence for Practice

    This module encourages the development of research mindedness and prepares students for evidence informed practice by way of a self directed dissertation study into an area of social work interest. Students will be expected to work independently with guided supervision to produce a small-case research project (document and literature-based) into a chosen area of interest relevant to social work audiences and professional practice. Students will be nominated a supervisor to support their learning and guide their research over the course of the academic session.