Professor Saul Becker
Professor Saul Becker is a native of Blackpool and the Fylde having lived here from 1960-1978. He went to school in Bispham and then to Rossall, before gaining a place at the University of Nottingham in 1978 to read Social Policy. Since then he has held Professorships at Loughborough, Birmingham and Nottingham Universities and he is now Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham where he also sits on the University’s Executive Group. Saul is a distinguished academic and researcher with over 530 publications, books and conference papers. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the UK’s Academy of Social Sciences. He is also a qualified and registered social worker.
Many of Saul’s 50 externally funded research projects have focused on informal family carers, especially children who are caregivers (‘young carers’), a research area in which Saul has been recognised internationally as the world leader for the last two decades. His research programme on young carers is ‘high impact’. He has advised Governments, policy makers and practitioners in the UK and internationally on young carers issues and his work has informed the development of policy and law in a number of countries. He also works closely with practitioner and service user (young carers) networks. Saul has also researched and published extensively and broadly in other social policy and social work areas, including: poverty and social exclusion; social security; health and healthcare; personal social services; social work and poverty; children in need; children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties; therapeutic horticulture; research methods for social policy and social work. In his childhood Saul was a young carer.