Projects per year
End of life care
Psychological impact of life limiting illness
Failing students / student supervision
Stress, resilience and burnout in social workers/student social workers
I am currently responsible for convening an undergraduate module entitled 'Social Work in Adult Services' for final year Bachelor of Social Work Students. This is delivered to approximately 110 students prior to their final social work practice learning opportunity/placement. The module covers different programmes of care (e.g. adults with physical health condition or disability, learning disability, dementia, older people, sensory disability and palliative care) and explores social work assessments (e.g. NISAT, bereavement needs assessment, carer's needs assessment). Module content also examines tackling health inequalities, poverty, adult safeguarding, relationship based social work and stress, burnout and resilience.
I am currently developing a new Specialist Practice Dissertation module for health and social care professionals studying at post-graduate level. This module will commence in September 2019 and will be available to students registered on a range of programmes at Queen's (e.g. CBT, Systemic Psychotherapy, Dual Diagnosis, Child Care, Mental Health, Strategy and Leadership) and from other academic institutions.
Shortly after joining Queen's University Belfast in 2010, I took responsibility for coordinating final year BSW student placements. This involved representing QUB at various regional committees surrounding the placement allocations process (e.g. Practice Learning and Degree Delivery, Collaborative Partnership at Queen's, and the Practice Learning Coordinator's meetings) and working in close collaboration with the NI Degree in Social Work Partnership and the Northern Ireland Social Care Council. In 2014, I was appointed as Director of Practice Learning, meaning I took responsibility for coordinating all social work placements. This entailed additional responsibilities, such as providing annual reports/updates at the Annual Review of Practice Learning, working in close collaboration with the Practice Learning Coordinators across the voluntary and statutory sectors, contributing to annual standardisation workshops for practice teachers, Chairing the Programme Assessment Panel and establishing new internal systems for students experiencing difficulties with progression.
In 2018 I was appointed as the Academic Selector for BSW degree admissions, which involves representing QUB at regional meetings with the NI Degree Partnership, the NISCC, Trust partners, voluntary sector representatives, and the admissions staff within QUB and UU. I take lead responsibility for coordinating information evenings and offer holder events for prospective BSW degree students, oversee the shortlisting process and coordinate the social work staff involved in the admission interviews.
Expertise related to UN SDGs
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
01/08/2010 → …
R3562SWK: Student Satisfaction and Attainment of Competence on their Practice Learning Opportunities
01/08/2013 → 31/03/2014
Roulston, A., 03 Feb 2021, (Accepted) In: Journal of social work in end of life and palliative care.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Special issue › peer-review
Roulston, A., 12 Feb 2021, In: Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care. 17, 1, p. 8 1 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Comment/debate › peer-review
How power dynamics and relationships interact with assessment of competence: exploring the experiences of student social workers who failed a practice placementRoulston, A., Cleak, H., Hayes, D. & Nelson, R., 14 Jun 2021, In: British Journal of Social Work.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
International collaboration in the Time of COVID-19: The World Hospice and Palliative Care Social Work NetworkOltmann, C., Otis-Green, S., Blackburn, P., Maasdorp, V., D’Urbano, E., Lema, D., Thomas, P., Roulston, A., Firth, P. & Remke, S., 15 Mar 2021, (Early online date) In: Journal of social work in end of life and palliative care.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Music therapy for supporting informal carers of individuals with life-threatening illness pre- and post-bereavement; A mixed-methods systematic reviewGraham-Wisener, L., Potvin, N., Kirkwood, J., Thomas, D., Roulston, A., Anderson, M. & McConnell, T., 24 Mar 2021, 16 p. PROSPERO.
Research output: Other contribution
Audrey Roulston (Peer reviewer)25 Feb 2021
Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work types › Publication peer-review
Karl Bitschnau (Chair), Pamela Firth (Vice Chair), Irene Murphy (Member), Audrey Roulston (Member), Inger Benkel (Member), Patricia Dobrikova (Member), Petruta Anania (Member), Carla Reigada (Member), Marie Mackova (Member), Steve Marshall (Member), Pippa Blackburn (Member), Sean Hughes (Member), Maria Wasner (Member) & Susan Cadell (Member)2020 → 2030
Activity: Membership types › Membership of national or international committees and working groups