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Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care, The Open University

Sandy Fraser is Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care in the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care. p

He has contributed to various Open University courses since 2001 relating to research with children and young people and to the Open University degree in social work, Personalisation in Health and Social Care, Adulthood, ageing and the lifecourse and more recently modules relating to public health.

Sandy began as a social work researcher at the University of Aberdeen in the 1980's before moving to Dundee University in 1990, and from 1995 he was in social work practice in Wales then England.

His current research interests relate to the evolution of professionalism in health and social care in the context of personalisation, long-term health conditions and global trends of increases in life and health expectancy.


Sandy Fraser, Rosie Flewitt and Martyn Hammersley, “What is Research with Children and Young People”, in Clark et al (eds),(2014) Understanding Research with Children and Young People, London, Sage.

Sandy Fraser Professional identity and international social work: the view from afar, Sandy Fraser, An innovative way of approaching the study of social work values and practice, Sandy Fraser and Mick McCormick Reflections on values and ethics in social work practice, in Seden et al (2011) Professional Development in Social Work, London , Routledge.

Alun Morgan and Sandy Fraser, Looked After Young People and their Social Work Managers: A Study of Contrasting Experiences of Using Computer-Assisted-Self-Interviewing (A-CASI)
British Journal of Social Work Advance Access published February 12, 2009.

Situating Empirical Research and Paradigms and Philosophy (two chapters) in
Sandy Fraser, et al (eds) (2003) Doing Research with Children and Young People, London, Sage.
Vicky Lewis, Mary Kellett, Chris Robinson, Sandy Fraser, Sharon Ding (eds), (2003) The Reality of Research with Children and Young People, London, Sage.


  • 2010–present
    Associate Dean, The Open University
  • 2008–2010
    Assistant Head of Department (Social Work), The Open University
  • 2004–2008
    Lecturer (Social Work), The Open University
  • 2001–2004
    Lecturer (Children and Young People), The Open University
  • 1999–2001
    Senior Social Work Practitioner, Foster Care Associates
  • 1995–1999
    Social Worker, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
  • 1990–1993
    Research Fellow, University of Dundee
  • 1984–1989
    Doctoral Student, University of Aberdeen


  • 1995 
    Exeter, BPhil/Social Work
  • 1989 
    Aberdeen, PhD
  • 1983 
    Aberdeen, MA (Hons)