Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Emeritus Professor Nick Gould

Nick Gould

Emeritus Professor



Nick Gould, now Emeritus Professor, was the University of Bath’s first Professor of Social Work (2003-12), and twice served as Head of the Department of Social and Policy Sciences.

He holds degrees from the Universities of Oxford (MSc Applied Social Studies), Sussex (BA and MA Politics) and Bath (PhD).

Since qualifying as a social worker he has combined an academic career with maintaining involvement in front-line mental health practice. His research interests have included professional education, social informatics and evidence-based practice in mental health. For over ten years he worked with NICE and SCIE on the integration of social care perspectives within clinical practice guidelines. Currently he is collaborating with an international team to systematically review the effectiveness of psychodynamic interventions in the reduction of suicidal and self-harming behaviours.

He publishes extensively (see below) including in leading social work and mental health journals; his forthcoming book is a second, revised and updated edition of 'Mental Health Social Work in Context' (2016, Routledge).

From 2003-6 he was the National Institute for Mental Health England's Fellow in Social Care Research. He has undertaken a range of consultancy and research collaborations with governmental and non-governmental bodies and universities, both in the UK and overseas. He also continues to serve as a member of the Ministry of Justice’s Mental Health Tribunal.

He has held various visiting academic appointments overseas including visiting professorships in Hong Kong and Australia.

Research interests

  • Mental Health
  • Evidence-based practice: guideline development for social care
  • Professional learning


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