Graham Connelly, CPsychol, AFBPsS, FHEA, FRSA


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

Now officially retired, I hold an honorary appointment as senior research fellow in the Department 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 and guest editor (2022-24) of Youth. I served as trustee of Who Cares? Scotland (2005-11) and as a non-executive director of Kibble Education and Care Centre (2013-2023). I was awarded the Strathclyde Medal in 2016 for making 'an 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 concerned with the care experience of children and young people, and particularly their experience in education. My current interests include residential care and the history of industrial schools.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • children and young people in public care, and care leavers
  • residential child and youth care
  • the education and wellbeing 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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • 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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