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Personal profile

Academic Biography

Maggie began her working life as a teacher of French and English in a community college in the West Midlands and then taught Drama and English in a Community Home with Education in Leeds. She then went to the School of Social Work at the University of Leicester, qualifying with a CQSW and an MA in Social work.  

Her work as a Specialist Social Worker, and later as a Senior Practitioner, in a Local Authority Psychological Service involved her working with children; specialising further and then gaining a Diploma in Play therapy. The work in the psychological service also lead to an interest and specialism in working with children and loss, with a particular focus on death education.

Since coming to Teesside University she has continued her interest in death education, introducing modules within the BA social work programmes and also across other schools in an MSc in Mass Fatalities Management and Victim Identification and also a BSc in Death Investigation.

She has been until recently, the programme leader for MA in Social Work and continues to teach and write about death education. Her Ed. D., which she gained from Durham University, explores the social construction of childhood and death in Children's literature. 

Research interests

Maggie has carried out a range of work over the last 20 years in the field of Death Education, with a particular focus on children.

Currently she is working on death in children's picture books.

Education/Academic qualification

Professional Doctorate, Durham University

Master, University of Leicester

Bachelor, Neville's Cross Durham

External positions

External approver, University of Salford

14 May 2018

External Examiner, Coventry University

9 Sep 20149 Sep 2018

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death Social Sciences
social worker Social Sciences
social work Social Sciences
photography Social Sciences
Social Work Medicine & Life Sciences
classroom Social Sciences
work culture Social Sciences
teacher Social Sciences

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Research Output 2001 2020

Death, Playfulness and Picture Books

Jackson, M., 1 Jul 2020, (Accepted/In press) : Death, Culture & Leisure: Playing Dead. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Child-centred social work: Theory and Practice Vivienne Barnes: Reviewed by: Maggie Jackson

Jackson, M., 1 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Social Work. 19, 5, p. 694-695 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Social Work
social worker
social work
work culture

Sneaking Death Into the Classroom

Jackson, M., 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

primary school
everyday experience

An exploration of death in children's literature 1890-2010

Jackson, M., 2018

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

Open Access