Mr Graham McPheat

Senior Teaching Fellow

Social Work and Social Policy

Personal statement

I have been at the University of Strathclyde since 2003, prior to this I worked as a practitioner and manager in residential child care services in Edinburgh for 10 years. 

I am the Associate Dean (Undergraduate) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Director of Learning and Teaching in the School of Social Work & Social Policy.  I am Course Leader on the MSc in Child and Youth Care Studies by Distance Learning, a part time course aimed at child and youth care practitioners from around the world.  I also teach on the MSc in Advanced Residential Child Care and the BA (Hons) Social Work.  My teaching interests centre around child and youth care, residential child care, leadership and management and organisational learning.

I have a particular interest in online and distance learning. In addition to my role with the MSc in Child and Youth Care Studies by Distance Learning I am the Lead Educator on the University of Strathclyde Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) ‘Caring for Vulnerable Children’. This 6 week course ran for the first time in 2015 and has so far recorded more than 60,000 registered participants. I am a member of Strathlcyde Online and the University Learning Analytics Board, two bodies central to the development of University strategy around online and blended learning developments. 

I have also been heavily involved in the development work around new qualifications for the residential child care sector in Scotland and was a member of the Scottish Social Services Council Strategic Group which developed the Standard for Residential Child Care in Scotland.


Telling 'Billy's story' : creating a massive open online course (MOOC) in child and youth care studies
Johnston Aidan, McPheat Graham
Higher Education Academy: Annual Health & Social Care Conference 2016 (2016)
Billy’s story : MOOCs, CYC and storytelling
McPheat Graham
Relational Child and Youth Care Practice Vol 29, pp. 30-38 (2016)
Beginning a new child and youth care programme
McPheat Graham, Snell Heather, Swanzen Rika
Relational Child and Youth Care Practice Vol 28, pp. 60-71 (2015)
Shifting discourse : Threshold concepts in CYC
Steckley Laura, McPheat Graham
Connecting at the Crossroads: Child and Youth Care World Conference, pp. 1-22 (2013)
Residential child care agencies as learning organisations : innovation and learning from mistakes
McPheat Graham, Butler Luke
Social Work Education (2013)
Residential child care : learning from international comparisons
Kendrick Andrew, Steckley Laura, McPheat GA
Early Professional Development for Social Workers (2011) (2011)

more publications

Professional activities

Transitions and Transformations: Influencing Change Through Relational Practice, 20th Canadian Child and Youth Care Conference
New York University
Visiting lecturer
Transforming Lives Through Innovation and Technology, 25th European Social Services Conference
Building a Community of Practice
Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care Annual Conference 2016
Higher Education Academy: Annual Health & Social Care Conference 2016

more professional activities


Caring For Vulnerable Children
McPheat, Graham (Principal Investigator)
A free to access six week course hosted on the FutureLearn website focussing on caring for vulnerable children.
Threshold concepts in RCC
Steckley, Laura (Principal Investigator) McPheat, Graham (Co-investigator)
21-Jan-2013 - 31-Jan-2014
Video Enhanced Reflective Practice (VERP) Pilot Study
McPheat, Graham (Principal Investigator)
A project funded by the University Education Excellence Fund (£5700) to pilot the use of Video Enhanced Reflective Practice in online teaching situations.
04-Jan-2013 - 30-Jan-2014

more projects


Social Work and Social Policy
Lord Hope Building

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