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Born in Essex, raised near Great Yarmouth in Norfolk and moved to London, aged 18. Voluntary work with single homeless people whilst studying as an under-graduate. Graduated with a 2/1 in Social Sciences in 1975 and worked with a London-based tenants’ organisation, then as Co-ordinator for an under-fives’ project located within the London Borough of Hackney. Qualified as a Social Worker at Chelsea College, University of London in 1982 whilst also graduating with an MSc in Social Studies. For the next seven years, employed as a community-based, generic Social Worker for the London Borough of Islington before moving to Bradford Social Services as a Hospital Based Social Worker. In 1990 gained a PGCE (FE) from Huddersfield Polytechnic (now University) and began working at Huddersfield University as a part-time Lecturer in Social Work, eventually gaining a fixed term and then permanent contract within the School of Human and Health Sciences. Currently working as a Senior Lecturer in the Social Work Department. She gained her Doctorate in 2012.
Her work at Huddersfield has included working on the Development of a Post Graduate Child Protection Course at Masters Level, a post-graduate Masters level Risk Management Course, and a Graduate level degree in Public Health. Member of various working parties and committees over the years. More recently, a member of the steering group for the School Teaching and Learning Conference and member of the Editorial Board of the School newsletter. Whilst working at Huddersfield she has acted as an External Advisor for the University of Central Lancashire Academic Standards Committee and the University of Worcester. In addition she has acted as External Examiner for the University of Teesside (2000 – 2005); Stockport College (2000-2005); University of Manchester (2000 - 2001) and Manchester Metropolitan University 2004 – 2005). She was an approved external assessor for the Diploma in Social Work and is currently a registered social worker and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Past involvement with community groups includes School Governor of Holmfirth Nursery, Infant and Junior School, Councillor on Holmfirth Parish Council and member of Huddersfield Women’s Centre. Currently member of Kirklees Adult Protection Committee.
Her Doctoral Thesis was concerned with service user and carer involvement in social work admission (available on-line) and she has a general interest in the history of social work and in particular, the role of the Settlement Movement in the development of social work as a profession. She is also concerned with international perspectives in Health and Social Care.
Rae, R (2015) ‘Empowerment and Resilience: Some reflections from Service User Involvement in Social Work Education’. In: Some Aspects of Community Empowerment and Resilience. New Delhi, India: Allied Publishers Pvt.Ltd. pp. 175-188. ISBN 978-81-8424962-0
Wray, S. and Rae, R. (2013) Personal and Public Lives and Relationships in a Changing Social World . : Cambridge Scholar Publishing. ISBN 9781443849685
Rae, R (2012) Trust, Power and the New Professionalism: A Case Study of Service User and Carer Involvement in the Selection of Social Work Students Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.
Rae, R (2012) ‘A study of service user and carer involvement in social work admissions in one U.K. University - power, professionalism and trust.’. In: 2nd International Conference on Practice Research, 30-31st May 2012, University of Helsinki, Finland
Rae, R (2010) ‘An evaluation of service user and carer involvement in the admission of social work students in one university in the north of England’. In: Personal and Public Lives: Exploring Relationships, Roles, and Responsibilities: An international and interdisciplinary conference, 7th - 9th September 2010, University of Huddersfield, UK
Rodriguez, A. and Rae, R. (2008) ‘Exploring ethics arrangements in Cuba’. In: Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section Inaugural Conference, September 2008, Leeds University
Rae, R (2007) ‘The Cuban approach to social problems and social work education’. In: Human and health sciences teaching and learning conference, June 2007, University of Huddersfield
Rae, R (2005) ‘The involvement of service users and carers in the admission of students to the B.Sc. (Hons) social work’. In: IFSW International Conference : Challenges for social cohesion, May 2005, Cyprus
Rae, R (2000) ‘The impact of children's rights officers on residential care in th U.K.’. In: Children's Rights in Residential Care: International Perspectives in Residential Child Care (Realities & Dreams). : University of Strathcylde,Centre for Residential Child Care. . ISBN 9781900743969
Rae, R (1999) ‘Children's rights in child protection’. In: ISPCAN international conference, May 1999, Auckland, New Zealand
Rae, R (1997) ‘Views from below’. In: Social policy association conference, July 1997, University of Lincoln
Rae, R (1996) ‘Children's rights in foster placements’. In: ISPCAN international conference, August 1996, Dublin
Rae, R (1996) ‘Researching children's rights officers’. In: Children in Our Charge: Child's Right to Resources. : Jessica Kingsley. pp. 177-182. ISBN 9781853023699
Rae, R (1995) ‘The role of children's rights officers in the prevention of child abuse and neglect’. In: ISPCAN 5th European conference on child abuse and neglect, May 1995, Oslo, Norway
Rae, R (1994) ‘Working in partnership with young people’. In: BASPCAN conference, July 1994, University of Bristol
Rae, R (1992) ‘Children in care’. In: World conference on children's rights, 8-11th September 1992, Exeter University
Rae, R (1992) ‘One step ahead : an investigation of post-qualifying child protection courses’ Community care , pp. 21-23. ISSN 0307-5508
Member of Glasgow University Settlement and Kirklees Adult Safeguarding Board.
Currently supervising one PhD student and one MSc Research as well as acting as supervisor the M.Sc Health and Social Care Dissertation students.