Akudo Amadiegwu

Research Officer
School of Health and Social Care
 Akudo Amadiegwu



I am a Qualified Social Worker, registered with Social Work England. I graduated with an MA Social Work (Distinction) from the University of Kent in 2020. I am also a Qualified Early Years Professional having achieved the Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), now Early Years Teaching Status from the Teaching Agency in 2012 and the MA Early Years from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2013. I was part of the pilot programme New Leaders in Early Years, designed to equp exceptional graduates with leadership and management qualities to lead practice in the Early Years. Following on from that, I have worked with Children aged 0-5, supporting speech and language development in the early years and also designed and delivered a play and communication programme at the Heathway Centre, a specialist centre for children with disabilities. I have also supported families identified under the Troubled Families agenda. As a Social Worker, I have worked with Children in Care and Adults with Learning Disabilities and Autism. My research interest is Brain Injury and I am part of a research group of academics with an interest in brain injury related social work research. I am a trustee of the Brain Injury Social Work Group. I am also passionate about preparing students for placements and practice.


  • MA Social Work Distinction University of Kent, (2020)

  • MA Early Years Canterbury Christ Church University, (2013)

  • Early Years Professional Status (Now Early Years Teacher Status Teaching Agency, (2012)

  • B. A. Philosophy 2.1 Lagos State University, (2000)


University of Essex

  • Lecturer, School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex (6/9/2021 - present)

Research and professional activities

Current research

Heads Together: Brain Injury Social Work

Review of social work education, qualifying and CPD, to develop a bespoke learning tool to improve practice and intervene earning based on knowledge and skills.

Conferences and presentations

Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

Keynote presentation, Access Bank Rwanda, 28/9/2022

Bridging The Gap- Social Work and Brain Injury

Invited presentation, World Social Work Day / Kent County Council, Kent County Council, Maidstone Kent, 18/3/2021

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Professional Skills 2 (HS294)


Book chapters (1)

Bald, C. and Amadiegwu, A., (2023). Decolonisation and critical social work pedagogies. In: Social work‘s histories of complicity and resistance. Editors: Wyllie, A. and Ioakimidis, V., . The Bristol University Press. 244- 260. 978-1447364283



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