Graham Connelly, CPsychol, AFBPsS, FHEA, FRSA


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

Now retired, I am an honorary senior research fellow in the School of Social Work and Social Policy and in CELCIS - the Centre for Excellence for Children's Care and Protection at the University of Strathclyde. I am editor of the Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care.

I graduated from the universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde and the former Jordanhill College. I am a GTCS-registered teacher (geography and psychology) and a chartered psychologist. I taught geography in a high school and psychology in a college, and undertook a secondment to the Open University to help develop the course, 'Working with Children and Young People'. I held academic appointments in the former Scottish School of Further Education, and in the Schools of Education and Social Work at the University of Strathclyde.

I am a non-executive board member of Kibble Education and Care Centre and co-chair the school's education sub-committee, and a trustee of MCR Pathways, a school-based mentoring programme. I am a former board member of Who Cares? Scotland and instigated the charity's Harvard Summer School scholarship programme supporting young people from a care background in Scotland to attend a summer semester at Harvard University. I was a member of the Buttle UK Quality Mark advisory committee. 

I was awarded the Strathclyde Medal in 2016 'In recognition of your outstanding contribution to the success of the University of Strathclyde and for demonstration of the University Values.'

Research Interests

My research, writing and public engagement is mainly concerned with children growing up in difficult circumstances, and particularly those in the care of public services. My current interests include working with local authorities to improve the educational experience of their 'looked after children', improving access to post-school education for looked after young people and care leavers, mentoring programmes for young people in education, and the implications for looked after young people of the reduction in voting age in Scotland to 16. I am co-author of Educating Children and Young People in Care (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015).

Expertise & Capabilities

  • children and young people in public care, and care leavers
  • residential child and youth care
  • the education of looked after children
  • widening participation in post-school education
  • youth mentoring

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


  • Looked-after Children
  • Children and Families
  • Children in Care
  • The Education of Looked-after Children
  • The Education of Children in Care
  • Scottish Education
  • youth mentoring


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