Graham Connelly, CPsychol, AFBPsS, FHEA, FRSA


  • United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

1992 …2019

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Personal profile

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


  • 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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Research Output

Care to Vote? Young People Looked after by Local Authorities and the Referendum on Scottish independence

Connelly, G. & Kinlochan, J., 23 May 2014, Glasgow: University of Strathclyde, p. 1-11, 10 p.

Research output: Working paperDiscussion paper

Open Access
  • The Sexual Exploitation of Looked After Children in Scotland: a study conducted for the Care Inspectorate

    Lerpiniere, J., Hawthorn, M., Smith, I., Connelly, G., Kendrick, A. & Welch, V., 2013, Glasgow. 108 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
  • Prizes

    Strathclyde Medal

    Graham Connelly (Recipient), 2 Sep 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    Edinburgh Napier University (External organisation)

    Graham Connelly (Advisor)
    29 May 201731 Mar 2019

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    Scottish Funding Council (External organisation)

    Graham Connelly (Member)
    12 Jan 2016 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee


    Improving outcomes in the care system

    Graham Connelly (Participant)

    Impact: Impact - for External PortalPolicy and legislation, Professional practice, training and standards, Quality of life and safety