Dr Gillian MacIntyre

Senior Lecturer

Social Work and Social Policy

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.

I currently hold the role of Course Leader on the BA (Hons) in Social Work and am committed to ensuring our students have an excellent learning and teaching experience during thier four years on the course.  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.


Has expertise in:

    Has expertise in:

    • adult social care 
    • work with people with learning disabilities 
    • work with people with mental health problems including issues around recovery 
    • social work education


MA Social Policy and Sociology (First class hons), University of Glasgow, 1999

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Glasgow, 2007


"The biggest barrier is to inclusion itself" : the experience of citizenship for adults with mental health problems
Cogan Nicola Ann, MacIntyre Gillian, Stewart Ailsa, Tofts Abigail, Quinn Neil, Johnston Gordon, Hamill Linda, Robinson John, Igoe Michael, Easton Duncan, McFadden Anne Marie, Rowe Michael
Journal of Mental Health (2020)
The double-edged sword of vulnerability : explaining the persistent challenges for practitioners in supporting parents with intellectual disabilities
MacIntyre Gillian, Stewart Ailsa, McGregor Sharon
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities Vol 32, pp. 1523-1534 (2019)
Developing a model of citizenship for application within health and social care contexts : a community-based participatory approach
Cogan Nicola, MacIntyre Gillian
The Lancet Public Health Science 2019 (2019)
What's citizenship got to do with mental health? Rationale for inclusion of citizenship as part of a mental health strategy
MacIntyre Gillian, Cogan Nicola Ann, Stewart Ailsa Elizabeth, Quinn Neil, Rowe Michael, O'Connell Maria
Journal of Public Mental Health Vol 18, pp. 157-161 (2019)
Understanding citizenship within a health and social care context in Scotland using community based participatory research methods
MacIntyre Gillian, Cogan Nicola, Stewart Ailsa, Quinn Neil, Rowe Michael, O'Connell Maria
SAGE Research Methods Cases (2018)
Concept mapping in context as a means of understanding how people with lived experience of mental health problems make sense of citizenship
MacIntyre Gillian, Cogan Nicola
Journal of Brain and Neurology Vol 2, pp. 30 (2018)

More publications


I teach across both of 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.  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 module on the BA programme and contribute to other research teaching across the School.

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

Why citizenship?
Recovering Citizenship II: Community, National, and International Perspectives International research: hosted by the International Recovery and Citizenship Council, University of Yale, New Haven.

More professional activities


Studentship Scottish Recovery Network and See Me
MacIntyre, Gillian (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2020
JARA Studentship - Lee Hollins
Steckley, Laura (Principal Investigator) MacIntyre, Gillian (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2022
Baseline study
MacIntyre, Gillian (Principal Investigator) Stewart, Ailsa (Co-investigator)
05-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2016
Citizenship Measure Project
Stewart, Ailsa (Principal Investigator) Knifton, Lee (Co-investigator) MacIntyre, Gillian (Co-investigator) Quinn, Neil (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 30-Jan-2017
Vulnerable parents with and without a learning disability – long term outcomes for families involved in a parenting skills programme
Stewart, Ailsa (Principal Investigator) MacIntyre, Gillian (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 29-Jan-2016
GE Gillian MacIntyre Yale University
MacIntyre, Gillian (Academic) Stewart, Ailsa (Academic) Quinn, Neil (Academic) Knifton, Lee (Academic)
11-Jan-2014 - 10-Jan-2015

More projects


Social Work and Social Policy
Lord Hope Building

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