Dr Simon Stewart

Job Role
Dean of Faculty


Simon has worked in a range of private, statutory and voluntary sector agencies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and has experience working internationally in Ghana and Israel during the past 23 years.

His academic interests include student engagement and advocacy, technology enabled learning, interprofessional learning, professional development, change leadership and servant leadership.

Simon holds a JNC professional youth work qualification and is a member for the ETS for Wales. His research interests have been centered on intercultural learning, the impact of international youth work on young people, rural youth work, digital youth work and social enterprise, values based leadership.

As Dean of the Faculty for Social and Life Sciences and the North Wales Business School, Simon has responsibility for a broad and varied portfolio of subjects that continue to grow and develop and are informed by a relentless pursuit of excellence for the student population we serve.

Simon is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education and is a member of the Interim Youth Work Board for Wales having contributed to Time to Deliver for Young People in Wales, 2021.

Simon has taught on UG and PG Youth and Community Work programmes and on academic staff development programmes. Subjects have included Understanding Self and Others; Developing Issue Based Learning; Management of Evidenced Based Practice; Creative Skills for Engagement, International Perspectives and Leadership and Management.

Simon recently represented Welsh Government at the recent 3rd European Youth Work Convention in Bonn, December 2020.


EdD, Professional Doctorate Education, University of Wales

Developing Leaders Certificate, Chester University

Postgraduate Certificate in Education and Training (Post Compulsory), UCLAN

Certificate in Advice and Guidance, Liverpool Hope University/Merseyside Connexions

MA Health and Community Development, De Montfort University

PG Dip Health and Community Development (JNC, Youth and Community Work), De Montfort University

Certificate in Counselling, Queens University

BA (Hons) Recreation Management, Sheffield Hallam University

HNC Leisure Management, North Down and Ards Institute


Towler, K. Stewart, S. Gruffudd Jones, E. Thomas, E. Sims, J. Lovell, S. (2021) Time to Deliver for Young People in Wales: Achieving a Sustainable Delivery Model for Youth Work Services in Wales. Wales: Youth Engagement Branch, Welsh Assembly Government.

Stewart, S. (2020) Applying a Voice Centered Relational Methodology to International Youth Work and Intercultural Learning in Wales. EdD dissertation, Wales: University of Wales.

Rose, J. and Stewart, S. (2015) Expanding Horizons. Wales: Connect Cymru.

Conroy, M. Stewart, S. Williams, D. et al. (2012) The Development and Implementation of Supervision in the Training of Youth Workers in Wales. Wales: Welsh Assembly Government Youth Work Strategy Branch.

Conroy, M. Stewart, S. Williams, D. et al. (2011) Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC) as a Component of Informal Education Curriculum in Wales. Wales: Welsh Assembly Government.

Stewart, S. (2007) Solution Focused Practitioner Groups and Enhanced Practitioner Development. Greater Merseyside Connexions Partnership.

Stewart, S. (2005) The Experiences of Young People in Remote and Rural Areas of Co. Tyrone. Unpublished MA Dissertation, Leicester: De Montfort University.

Stewart, S. (1999) Key Factors Affecting Youth Provision in Omagh in the Aftermath of the Bombing. Unpublished BA Dissertation, Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University.

Stewart, S. (1999) Young People’s Provision on the Manor Estate in Sheffield. Sheffield, Sheffield City Council.


Conference Presentations:

International Youth Work – ‘Increased Motivation, Enhanced Self-understanding and Personal Growth’, Connect Cymru, Cardiff, 2018.

Diversity advantage, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Delivered at the “Recruit, Retain Transform’ Conference, North Wales Workforce Conference, St Asaph, Wrexham Glyndŵr University, Wales, 2016.

ERASMUS+ Youth Chapter – Youth Worker Mobility in Europe, Connect Cymru & Europe Desk Wales, Wrexham Glyndŵr University, Wales, 2014.

International Youth Work and Opportunities for Practice, Connect Cymru, Wrexham Glyndŵr University, Wales, 2013.

Beyond Twitter, Young People and Youth Work in a Digital Age, Wrexham Glyndŵr University, Wrexham, Wales, 2010.

Solution Focused Practitioner Groups, a Multi-agency Approach, GMCP/ Partnership for Learning Professional Practice Conference, Liverpool, 2007.

Young People and Trauma, Working with Young People in the Aftermath of the Omagh Bombing, International Convention of Youth Counsellors, Annual Youth Counsellors Convention, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2001.