Mr Graham McPheat

Senior Teaching Fellow

Social Work

Personal statement

I joined the University of Strathclyde in 2003 and am the Head 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 focusses mainly on child and youth care, residential child care, with additional material linked to 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 recruited more than 48,000 registered participants. 

I have 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.

Before coming to the University, I worked as a practitioner and manager in residential child care services in Edinburgh for 10 years.


Threshold learning in residential child care practice
Steckley Laura, McPheat Graham
Building a Community of Practice (2016)
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)
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)
Management and leadership in social work
Mcpheat Graham, Watson Joan
Early Professional Development for Social Workers (2011) (2011)
What's the use of residential childcare? Findings of two studies detailing current trends in the use of residential childcare in Scotland
McPheat GA, Milligan IM, Hunter L
Journal of Children's Services Vol 2, pp. 15-25 (2007)

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Professional activities

Learning and Teaching in an International Technological University
Keynote/plenary speaker
Social Pedagogy Development Network
American Association of Children’s Residential Centers 59th Annual Conference
University of Pittsburgh
Visiting researcher
Limburg Catholic University College
Visiting researcher
Scottish Social Services Council (External organisation)

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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
BA Social Pedagogy in Residential Child Care
McPheat, Graham (Principal Investigator)
Development work with Kibble Care and Education Centre to create a BA Social Pedagogy in Residential Child Care Degree.
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

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