Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Magee students receive honours on Forum’s stage

Graduation ceremonies for full-time and part-time students at the University of Ulster’s Magee campus moved to Londonderry today.

Students from the Faculty of Social Sciences converged on Derry’s Millennium Forum for the ceremony.

Among those attending the ceremony is University of Ulster social work lecturer, Aisling Monds-Watson, whose father Fabian Monds was pro-vice chancellor and provost of Magee from 1995 to 2000.

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Dr Monds-Watson, who has been awarded a PhD, joined the School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies at Magee as a full-time lecturer in September 2009.

For her PhD she wrote ‘An Exploration Of Social Work Practice In Northern Ireland With Families Where Mothers Have Enduring Mental Health Difficulties’.

The findings revealed a lack of confidence among social workers in the service provision to these families, with the majority of social workers believing that inadequate resources made effective inter-agency working difficult.

Dr Monds-Watson said: “It goes without saying that social work resourcing is inadequate. The challenge, therefore, is to utilise the resources that are available in the most effective and ethical manner possible.”

Dr Monds-Watson is originally from Belfast but has lived in Derry with husband Jimmi and children, Aodhgan, Bridie and Aaron, for the last 10 years.

She graduated from the University of Ulster in 1990 with a degree in Fine & Applied Art and worked for more than a decade in community mental health services, before returning to the university to graduate with a first class honours degree in Social Work in 2007.

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