Karen Hillison

Practice Learning Co-ordinator

Faculty of Health Sciences

School of Health and Social Work


01482 464522

A former University of Hull graduate, Karen had a varied career in social work before returning to the University in 2001 as a practice educator in the Family Assessment and Support Unit.

She has since performed many roles including research and teaching on social work practice-related modules.

Currently, Karen is engaged in practice co-ordination, development and support. She also contributes to practice-related matters locally, in both the University and the wider community.

She is also on the off-site practice educator register, and has undertaken the practice educator role in both voluntary and statutory settings.


Research Interests

  • Social work practice

Research groups

Involved with the 'Power' women's research network


Parker J, Hillison K and Wilson L, 'SWISP: The Social Worker in Schools Project', Practice, Vol.15 no 4, BASW, 2003.

Wilson L and Hillison K, 'Social Work in Schools Project Interim Report', 2004.

Wilson L and Hillison K, 'A Time and a Place', Community Care, September 2004.

Hillison K and Wilson L, 'Back to School for Social Work Students', Final Report on the Social Work in Schools Pilot Project, June 2005.


Programmes taught on (2018)

Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Module lead on BA Social Work placements

  • Placement inductions for BA and MA Social Work

Teaching awards and accolades

  • HETC

  • HEA Fellowship

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA

  • MA

  • CQSW

  • MSc

  • Cert HE

  • Higher Education certificate in research

Professional highlights

Qualified registered social worker since 1986