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Academic and Scholarly Distinction

Pauline Hardiker, a retired member of staff of this University, received an honorary degree of DUniv from the Open University on Friday afternoon, April 26, at a ceremony at the University of Leicester's Richard Attenborough Centre. The degree is for academic and scholarly distinction, including academic achievement by those without the normal academic opportunities Pauline Hardiker

Pauline Hardiker was born and brought up in Rochdale. She worked as a medical secretary in Manchester and community worker in London before reading Sociology at the University of Leicester attaining a BA in 1966 and MA in 1968. From 1967 to 1969, Ms Hardiker taught Sociology and Psychology at Stevenage College of Further Education; she was appointed to a lectureship at the University of Leicester School of Social Work in 1969, and promoted to senior lecturer in 1986; she retired in 2000.

Through her career, Ms Hardiker has been interested in applying social science perspectives to social work and social policy. Her research has ranged from probation and childcare to illness, disability and community care. She has co-authored books on social work theory, research methodology and child welfare. She worked for the British Journal of Social Work in various capacities since its inception, and latterly was an executive editor of Disability and Society. 

Ms Hardiker currently works with medical students at the Richard Attenborough Centre.
May 2002

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