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Haimanot Mengesha

Senior Lecturer Practitioner
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Allied Health and Social Care
Areas of Expertise:
Social Work and Social Policy

Haimanot has been a qualified social worker since 2005. Before joining ARU, Haimanot worked as a social work practitioner and manager in local authorities and voluntary settings.

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Prior to joining ARU as a Senior Lecturer Practitioner in Social Work, Haimanot was an Adoption Team Manager with a voluntary organisation and had extensive experience working with different Local Authorities and different social work teams.

Haimanot progressed from a Social Care Officer to managerial positions and worked in areas of social work such as Children in Need, Looked After Children, Leaving Care and Adoption teams. The last ten years of Haimanot’s practice has been in adoption social work.  Based on his extensive experience in this area, Haimanot has particular research interests in adoption social work and related areas such as the assessment and training of potential adopters.

While practicing social work, Haimanot worked part-time as an Associate Lecturer teaching social psychology, Research methods in psychology,  and social care related modules with The Open University for over 15 years until 2018.

Before that he had experience of working in adult mental health in the community, teaching as a visiting lecturer and research in psychology.  

Spoken Languages
  • English
  • Amharic
Research interests

Based upon his extensive social work experience in Adoption, Haimanot developed Research interest in the assessment and training of prospective adopters.  Haimanot is also interested in  applying social and psychological concepts to leaving care.    


Haimanot currently teaches:

  • Practice 1, Communication Skills and Partnership Working Qualifications
  • Practice 2, Standards and Skills for Social Work
  • PG Dip in Social Work (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • MSc in Social Psychology (London School of Economics and Political Science – LSE)
  • MA in Community Care (Keele University)
  • BA in Psychology (Addis Ababa University)
  • Practice Educator (Stage 2) in Social Work (University of East London)
  • NVQ Level 5 Diploma in leadership for HSC and CYP Services