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Professor Alys Young (PhD., MSc Oxon., MA Cantab., CQSW) - personal details

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Professor Alys Young

Role: Professor of Social Work Education and Research

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 7747


The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
The University of Manchester
Room 4.327b, Jean McFarlane Building
University Place
Oxford Road
M13 9PL


Alys Young's profile (BSL version)




Following her BA Hons. in English Literature from King’s College, Cambridge (1986), Alys worked as a residential social work assistant. She qualified as a social worker in 1989 with a MSc in Applied Social Studies and a CQSW from Oxford University. She went on to work for Cambridgeshire Social Services as a community mental health social worker, ASW, generic social worker and specialist social worker with Deaf people. She gained her PhD in 1995 from the Centre for Deaf Studies, University of Bristol, on the impact on hearing familes of sign bilingual approaches to early intervention, carrying out her fieldwork in both BSL (British Sign Langauge) and English.

Author of over 100 academic publications, her main research interests are: (i) early intervention with deaf children and their families; (ii) improvements in the provision and effectiveness of health and social care services for deaf chidlren and adults across the life span; (iii)  social science research methodologies in the context of signed languages and d/Deaf people.

She currently leads the Social Reserach with Deaf People group (SORD) which comprises a multidisciplinary, bilingual group of Deaf and hearing researchers working on a range of applied social research projects connected with family, service and community contexts which involve Deaf people.  

Formerly international visiting scholar at the National Technical Insititute for Deaf People, RIT, USA and visiting professor University of British Columbia, Canada, she is currently Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Centre for Deaf Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

  • HCPC registered social worker
  • Ambassador for Deaf Parenting UK
  • Fellow of the NIHR School for Social Care Research
  • Executive member of the NSPCC/NDCS Safeguarding Deaf Children group


  • PhD in Deaf Studies, 1995,  University of Bristol (Centre for Deaf Studies)
  • MSc in Applied Social Studies, 1989, University of Oxford
  • BA Hons. in English Literature, 1986, University of Cambridge (King's College)
  • CQSW, 1989, University of Oxford


Alys is Professor of Social Work Education and Research and Postgraduate Divisional Leader. 

She is director of SORD - the Social Reseach with Deaf People programme within the Social Care and Population Health research group and social work pathway lead within the ESRC North West Doctoral Training Centre.

She is also distinguished visiting professor in the Centre for Deaf Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.


Alys mainly teaches on the MA Social Work Programme and the MRes Health and Social Care.