Mr Graham McPheat

Senior Teaching Fellow

Social Work and Social Policy

Personal statement

I am the Associate Dean (Online Learning) and Associate Dean (Undergraduate) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.  I am based in the School of Social Work and Social Policy where I have the role of Director of Learning and Teaching.  I am Course Leader on the MSc in Child and Youth Care Studies by Distance Learning, a part time programme aimed at child and youth care practitioners around the world and recognised by the Child and Youth Care Accreditation Board of Canada. I also teach on the MSc in Advanced Residential Child Care and the BA (Hons) Social Work.  My teaching and research interests centre around online and distance learning, child and youth care, residential child care, social work, and leadership and management.

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 80,000 registered participants. As Associate Dean (Online Learning) in the HASS Faculty I chair HASS Online and play a central role in the management of our Faculty approach to online and distance learning and the development of our portfolio of distance learning programmes. 

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 distance learning. 

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 (SSSC) Strategic Group which developed the Standard for Residential Child Care in Scotland. I was also involved in the SSSC Review of Social Work Education and led the inquiry group which produced the research report on Community Development and Engagement

I have a lead role in the annual Summer School involving our School of Social Work and Social Policy and the Silver School of Social Work at New York University. Eastablished in 2017, this involves bi-annual visits to each institution with groups of post and undergraduate Social Work and Social Policy students. 

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


Review of Social Work Education : To What Extent Should Social Work Education have a Stronger Focus on Community Development and Engagement?
McPheat Graham, MacIntyre Gillian, Paul Sally, Stewart Ailsa
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)

more publications

Professional activities

Child and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board of Canada Research Committee (External organisation)
New York University
Visiting lecturer
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

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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