Dr Gillian MacIntyre


Social Work and Social Policy (Subject)


Personal statement

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Work and Social Policy.  I joined the University after completing a PhD exploring the transition from childhood to adulthood for young people with learning disabilities at the University of Glasgow.  Much of my teaching and research interests focus on the area of adult social care, with a particular interest in learning disability and mental health and I have successfully published and generated income in this field.  My work focuses on the citizenship and human rights of marginalised groups and I am committed to working in partnership with people with lived experience as peer researchers.  I am skilled in the use of inclusive, creative and participatory research methods.

I am programme lead on the Postgraduate Certicate in Mental Health Social Work and am committed to ensuring our students have an excellent learning and teaching experience during their time on the programme.  I also coordinate the service user and carer network in the School in partnership with colleagues at Glasgow Caledonian University.  The network has a remit to influence all aspects of teaching and education across our social work programmes and has involvement in relation to selection, teaching and assessment as well as course monitoring and review.

I am Director of Knowledge Exchange for the Department of Social Work and Social Policy and I strive to promote the excellent and innovative work that takes place across our Department.  I have a particular focus on supporting the development of continuous professional development, conferences and consultancy opportunities.   I am a member of the Departmental Leadership team and sit on the Departmental Management Committee, Learning and Teaching Committee and the Research and Knoweldge Exchange committe.  I contibute to the strategic development of the Department with a particular focus on research and knowledge exchange impact.  

I have a strong commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion and also sit on the Departmental Gender, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  I lead on our successful Athena Swan Bronze Award and am currently leading on the implementation of our Departmental Action Plan.

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Area of Expertise

Has expertise in:

  • adult social care 
  • work with people with learning disabilities 
  • work with people with mental health problems including issues around recovery 
  • citizenship and human rights
  • parenting, reproductive rights and gender based violence
  • social work education

Prize And Awards

Teaching Excellence Award

More prizes and awards


MA Social Policy and Sociology (First class hons), University of Glasgow

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Glasgow 

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I teach across the qualifying social work programmes (the BA (Hons) in Social Work and the Masters in Social Work) as well as on the specialist Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health Social Work.  I also contribute specialist teaching across a number of Social Policy programmes offered by the Department.  The bulk of my teaching focuses on adult social care and in particular, issues for people with learning disabilities, those with mental health problems and older adults including those with dementia.  I also have an interest in sociology and social policy and in particular working with students to explore the applicability of these disciplines to social work.  I  co-ordinate and teach the research methods and dissertations modules on the BA programme  and contribute to other research teaching across the School.

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Research Interests

My research interests lie primarly in the field of adult social care and the bulk of my work involves people with learning disabilities as well as those with mental health problems.  I have particular interests in the areas of citizenship, parenthood and transitions for people with learning disabilities and have completed a number of different research projects in these areas.  I am also interested in the ways in which different kinds of support (both formal and informal) can enable older adults, people with mental health problems and those with learrning disabilities to maintain their independence.  

I also have an interest in evidence based learning and teaching practice within social work and have been involved in a number of programmes that have evaluated social work education including the Department of Health funded evaluation of the social work degree in England and the ESRC funded audit of research teaching across social work programmes in the UK.

I am commited to carrying out inclusive research that has impact both within academia and across policy and practice.

Professional Activities

Hidden in plain sight: gender based violence and learning disability
Citizenship and Community Inclusion: Why it Matters and what we learned from around the world
European Scientific Association of Residential and Family Care for Children and Adolescents
Internal Examiner, Morag McClurg, EdD, Department of Education
Joint Social Work and Education Conference
Joint Social Work and Education Conference

More professional activities


Administrative Fairness and Social Security for Adults with Disabilities
Halliday, Simon (Principal Investigator) Deeming, Chris (Co-investigator) MacIntyre, Gillian (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2024 - 31-Jan-2025
From competition to collaboration: the interface between informal and formal carers
Miller, Emma (Principal Investigator) MacIntyre, Gillian (Academic) Kaparouonaki, Kalia (Co-investigator) Congreve, Emma (Academic)
This project provides a valuable and timely opportunity to bring together diverse stakeholders to consider the question: how do we promote collaboration rather than competition between informal and formal carers despite enduring structural limitations?
02-Jan-2023 - 30-Jan-2024
ESRC IAA 2023 / R220785-116
MacIntyre, Gillian (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2028
How do Adult and Learning Disability social workers engage with parents with learning disabilities?
MacIntyre, Gillian (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
JARA Studentship - Lee Hollins
Steckley, Laura (Principal Investigator) MacIntyre, Gillian (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2022
Studentship Scottish Recovery Network and See Me
MacIntyre, Gillian (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2020

More projects

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Dr Gillian MacIntyre
Social Work and Social Policy (Subject)

Email: gillian.macintyre@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 444 8647