Sue Kennedy University of Northampton

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Sue Kennedy University of Northampton

Sue Kennedy as the Principal Lecturer is the Head of the Social Work Field and Teaching Fellow at the University of Northampton. Having worked in the statutory childcare sector for 25 years as both a practitioner and manager she has acted as an advisor to government departments and leading child care voluntary organisation. As a feminist, Sue’s research interests include perceptions of risk within child protection, issues relating to gender, culture and race.

Contact us

We are always pleased to hear from you. You can contact us at the addresses below:

General queries Keisha Bullock-Singh Tel: 01727 851 462 Email:
Sales & Marketing Di Page Tel: 01727 851 462 Email:
Rights Di Page Tel: 01727 851 462
Commissioning Julia Morris Tel: 01606 810761 Email:
Production Julia Morris Tel: 01606 810761 Email:

How to submit a book proposal

We always welcome book proposals, whether from first-time or more experienced authors. We like to know as much about your proposed book as possible so please email it to the relevant contact below and we would be happy to send you a title proposal form to complete.


If you would prefer to discuss your ideas with us first, please do contact us on the email addresses or telephone numbers below.

Education Julia Morris Tel: 01606 810761 Email:
Social Work Di Page Tel: 01727 851 462 Email:

Why write for Critical Publishing?

About us

Critical Publishing is an independent, professional publishing company run by an experienced and creative team. Our aim is to foster a critical approach in both our authors and our readers.

We publish learning materials for HE students and lecturers which are informed by research and fit the following criteria:

  • the content is academically sound and reflects best practice
  • the writing is accessible, practical and reader-friendly
  • the final product is innovative and creative
  • we want your experience and ours to be both professional and fun!

We offer a professional, ethical, friendly and supportive approach

Publishing with Critical Publishing means working with committed and knowledgeable publishing professionals and we place particular emphasis on being able to offer a personal service to our authors. At Critical Publishing our authors are always involved in the process of publishing and our size means we don’t have numerous committee meetings in order to reach a decision. We pride ourselves on responding quickly to proposals and sample material and you will have a definite answer within 2-3 weeks.


We work with you to develop excellent learning materials

Every book receives individual attention. Using our product development skills and experience of the HE market, we will work with you to develop your proposal and sample material, We will also support and advise you during the writing and production stages to ensure your book is the best it can possibly be.


We produce high quality publications quickly

We take great care in the design of our books. Our covers look modern and interesting. Within each book, the text design is also given careful attention to ensure we present your content in the most visually effective way. Our usual production schedule is 14 weeks (from receiving your finished script to printed books) so we can ensure your book is available as quickly as possible.


We market all titles effectively

We will discuss the marketing plan for your book with you to ensure we are promoting it effectively. In addition to targeting lecturers who teach on a relevant course, sending out review copies, having stands at conferences and other traditional routes, we will market your book in new ways (through social media and e-inspection copies). In addition to the traditional forms of marketing — advertising, conference attendance, direct mail catalogues — we are constantly exploring opportunities offered by email and social media.