UWE AWARDS HONORARY DEGREE TO PHYLLIDA PARSLOE

Issue date: 26 November 2001


Phyllida Parsloe is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of her distinguished career and related achievements and of her contribution to health and social care in particular.

Phyllida Parsloe was born in London and attended Wimbledon High School. She is a graduate of the University of Bristol and the London School of Economics.

Having begun her career in social work as a Probation Officer for Devon County Council, from 1959 to 1965 Phyllida Parsloe worked at St George’s Hospital as a psychiatric social worker. She then moved into the academic world and lectured at the London School of Economics between 1965 –1970. In 1970 she became Associate Professor at the Law Faculty, University of Indiana, USA, and in 1973 Professor of Social Work at the University of Aberdeen.

Professor Parsloe was appointed Professor of Social Work at the University of Bristol in 1978. She has been a member of the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work since 1986 and was a key member of the Wagner Committee which reviewed residential care in 1988.

Between 1988 and 1991 Professor Parsloe was Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Bristol where she held a Chair in Social Work until 1996 and remains an Emeritus Professor.

Professor Parsloe has made a massive contribution to both health and social care in Bristol. In particular she has supported and developed joint working between the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol and has helped forge the excellent working relationships between the two social work departments.

Throughout Professor Parsloe’s career she has shown a life long commitment to applying the highest levels of academic rigour to the solution of very practical problems. She was a co founder of Dementia Voice; she is now its Chair and continues to support the strong links the organisation has with the University of the West of England’s Faculty of Health and Social Care.

Professor Parsloe’s contribution to education and the region has been significant and important. As Chair of the North Bristol NHS Trust she has encouraged a very special relationship between the Faculty of Health and Social Care and the Trust.

The Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science will be conferred at the awards ceremony of the Faculty of Health and Social Care at Bristol Cathedral on 29 November at 11.30am.

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