Dr Michelle Evans
Senior Lecturer - Social Work
Telephone:020 7815 8347
School/Division:Health and Social Care / Primary and Social Care
Michelle has a special interest in sensory awareness/need and communication. She has more than 15 years of experience of working with people with sensory requirements (British Sign Language qualifications to Level 3 and deaf-blind communication to Level 2).
Prior to joining the London South Bank University (LSBU) academic team in 2010, where she had originally studied for her undergraduate qualification in BA (Hons) Social Work, she worked with adults and children with sensory needs and disabilities, including child/adult protection. Michelle has an interest in qualitative phenomenological sensory research including, D/deafness, visual impairment and D/deafblindness, especially Usher syndrome, which is a form of congenital deafblindness).
Michelle studied for her postgraduate qualification in Methods of Social Research at the University of Kent and her PhD at London South Bank University.
Michelle is currently module lead on the BA (Hons) Research Proposal, BA (Hons) Values and Ethics; and teaches sensory awareness on the MA communication module and is a seminar lead on readiness for direct practice. She is also the MA social work recruitment lead, as well as an MA dissertation supervisor.
Michelle has been involved in teaching pre-registration learning disability/mental health joint nursing and social work education and MA Professional capabilities module. She has used Moodle to develop VLE online educational tools.
Her teaching interests are: research methods incorporating supporting students to understand the research process, especially students who experience dyslexia; ethics; the concept of vocational learning and the value of placement provision; and virtual learning environments learning, especially in relation to sensory need/requirements for adults and children and child protection. Michelle is also personal tutor and link lecturer for students when on placement. She has achieved the status of Senior Fellow of the HEA and contributed to fellowship achievement workshops and claim panels.
Michelle has co-published two books and has completed a PhD entitled ‘Usher syndrome: A phenomenological study of adults across the lifespan’. Michelle’s journal relating to one aspect of this study, Multiple Sensory Communication and Interview Methods (MSCIM), with particular focus on empowering people with Usher syndrome as participants in research was published in the British Journal of Social Work (2017). Currently Michelle is working on a short film to raise Usher awareness based on findings from her PhD entitled ‘Seeing me through my eyes’ which explores being diagnosed, the experiences of, and living with Usher syndrome; this is a collaborative project between Health and Social Care and Arts and Creative Industries / Film and Media at LSBU.
- ‘Usher syndrome: A phenomenological study of adults across the lifespan living in England’ (2018) London South Bank University - PhD study
- ‘Factors that affect student engagement in the classroom: A study of final year student experiences on the intellectual/developmental disability social work/nursing joint program’ (2012) London South Bank University
- ‘Developmental journey from student social worker and beyond: A study of the lived experiences of student and qualified social workers/care managers’ (2011) University of Kent
- ‘To what extent are older people’s services aware of the meaning of dual sensory loss, the effect of it on a person’s quality of life and equipped to address dual sensory needs when they arise? : A study of dual sensory loss in older people’s services’ (2008) London South Bank University
Michelle is interested to hear from people who are interested in engaging in research relating to qualitative, phenomenological sensory related issues, especially relating to Usher syndrome and in particular prospective PhD students.
2018 Presentation and Q&A: ‘Using multiple sensory communication and interview methods for researching experiences of people with deafblindness’.Royal College of Nursing (RCN) International Nursing Research Conference. Birmingham 16th-18th April.
2017 Poster presentation and discussion: ‘Usher syndrome: A phenomenological study of adults across the life span living in the UK’. London South Bank university Research Conference/PhD summer school 6th July.
2016 Poster presentation and discussion: ‘Usher syndrome: A phenomenological study of adults across the lifespan’. London South Bank University Research Conference/PhD summer school 14th July.
2016 Presentation and discussion: ‘The doctoral journey: utilising personal learning to enhance teaching on the research module’ - London South Bank University Staff Conference 18th May.
2015 Presentation and discussion: ‘Crossing boundaries in social work research: Empowering people experiencing Usher syndrome as participants in research’. Joint Social Work Education and Research Conference 16th July.
2015 Presentation and discussion: ‘The use of multiple sensory communication and interview methods’ Social Work Conference – Using Research in Practice Education 3rd July.
2015 Poster presentation: ‘Usher syndrome: A phenomenological study of
lived experiences of individuals aged 18-82’ Research Week – Poster Exhibition and Conference 25th June.
2015 Presentation and discussion: ‘Social work meets EastEnders: Using Stilwell in teaching and learning’ Staff Conference 2015 London South Bank University May 13th.
2015 Presentation and discussion: ‘Social work meets EastEnders: Using Stilwell in teaching and learning – Problem based learning’ Teaching and Learning Lunchtime Seminar. Department of Psychology: School of Applied Science London South Bank University 25th February.
2014 Presentation and discussion: ‘The use of multiple sensory communication and interview methods (SCIM) in Research’. European Research Institute for Social Work (ERIS) Conference Hertfordshire 13th -14th October.
2014 Poster presentation: Usher syndrome: A phenomenological study of
lived experiences of individuals aged 18-80’ PhD Summer School London South Bank University June.
2013 Poster presentation: ‘Exploration of the lived experience of people with Usher syndrome’ PhD Summer School London South Bank University June.
2012 Poster presentation: ‘Factors that affect student engagement in the classroom: A study of final year student experiences on the intellectual/developmental disability social work/nursing joint program’ The Learning and Teaching Conference at London South Bank University October.
2012 Presentation and discussion: ‘How to create partnership through communication’, Partnership in Social Care at a Time of Cuts Conference London South Bank University. The focus of this presentation was on non-verbal communicative methods and working in partnership with the service user, their family/carer and service provision.
Forthcoming conference papers
2018 ‘A visual perspective to learning and teaching research: Colour coordinating material for research lectures to support students with dyslexia Staff’ conference 13th June. London South Bank University
2018 ‘The school of health and social care’s doctoral support programs: Are there links between being involved in the doctoral support group and successful doctoral completion?’
‘Seeing me through my eyes’, a short film based on findings from her PhD entitled ‘Usher syndrome: A phenomenological study of adults across the lifespan living in the UK’; this is a collaborative venture with Dr Patrick Tarrant Course Director: Film Practice, School of Arts and Creative Industries.
Most recent publications
Evans, MD Usher syndrome: A phenomenological study of adults across the lifespan living in England. doctoral, London South Bank University.
Evans, MD Empowering People Experiencing Usher Syndrome as Participants in Research. British Journal of Social Work, 01-18. DOI 10.1093/bjsw/bcw147More publications at LSBU Research Open
- The Higher Education Academy – Status of Senior Fellow Recognition
- Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) Status of Registered Social Worker