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Personal Statement

I have been at the University of Strathclyde since 2003, prior to this I worked as a practitioner and manager in residential child care services in Edinburgh for 10 years. 

I am the Associate Dean (Undergraduate) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Director 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 interests centre around child and youth care, residential child care, 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 recorded more than 60,000 registered participants. 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 blended learning developments. 

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 Strategic Group which developed the Standard for Residential Child Care in Scotland.

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Projects 2013 2015

Caring For Vulnerable Children

McPheat, G.

23/02/15 → …

Project: Knowledge Exchange

Online training tool targeting professionals working with children in need of alternative care and at risk of so being

Gale, C., Davidson, J., Hume-Anthony, S., Main, G., McPheat, G. & Milligan, I.

International Social Service

Project: Knowledge Exchange (Training / Short Course)Knowledge Exchange (Training / Short Courses)

Research Output 2004 2016

Billy’s story: MOOCs, CYC and storytelling

McPheat, G., 2016, 29, 3, p. 30-38 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

open learning
distance learning
electronic learning
Open Access
distance learning

Activities 2005 2018

Transitions and Transformations: Influencing Change Through Relational Practice, 20th Canadian Child and Youth Care Conference

Graham McPheat (Speaker)
1 May 20184 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

New York University

Graham McPheat (Visiting lecturer)
10 Jul 201721 Jul 2017

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution