Kelly, Lynn


  • Senior Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship), Social Work
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An example of recent funded research and projects

2019- SIPR/Social Work Scotland and Police Scotland  - Joint Investigative Interviewing of Children. Principle Investigator with Sharon Jackson (GCU)

2018 – IRISS- Insight- Managing High Risk Offenders in the Community. ). Principal Investigator with Sharon Jackson

2018- Jindal-Snape, D. Keiller, A., Kelly, L., Langlands-Scott, J., Murray, C., Snape, A., Snape, J. B., Snape, N., Warden, F., Whittingham, B., Balson, E., Dominiak, Z., Herd, D., Horner, R., Larkin, A., Millar, N., Robinson, H. & Wilson, L., Nov 2017, Fibromyalgia and us: Living with fibromyalgia Dundee: University of Dundee

2018 - SCCJR - Parole Board for Scotland: Research capacity building event

2018-2019- Scottish Government – Health and Social Care Needs of Prisoners in Scotland

2015 - SIPR/Police Scotland: Evaluation of the National Child Abuse Investigation Unit (NCAIU). Principal Investigator with Co-investigators Sharon Jackson (UoD) and Denise Martin (UWS)

2015- SIPR/HMICS funding for literature review to inform the first national thematic inspection of Multi Agency Public Protection systems in Scotland.  Principal Investigator with Co-investigators Sharon Jackson

2014- Student Research Internships, Dundee Alumni and Development Fund, Preparing Students for Professional Practice:  Preparing student social worker’s to work with complex child protection cases. Principle investigator, August 2014

2014- East Ayrshire Child Protection Committee: Listening to Children.  Co-investigator with Sharon Jackson.  April 2014


  • Lynn's teaching experience has mainly been in the post qualifying arena with professionals who might be seen as working in ‘high risk’ environments such as child and adult protection and policing.  Working with such professionals demands that her teaching not only equips them to become more reflective and theoretically informed practitioners, but also inspires them to contribute to the learning of their peers and organisations.  The responsibility for professionals to contribute in a meaningful way to their organisation’s learning has become a fundamental tenet of her  teaching and the programmes that she has designed and delivered.

    Lynn has been the Programme Director for four taught postgraduate programmes:


    • Post Graduate Certificate, Child Care and Protection

    • Post Graduate Certificate, Adult Care and Protection

    • MSc Applied Professional Studies

    • Post Graduate Diploma Policing Studies


      The above programmes have been designed to be delivered on a part-time basis and attract students from a range of professional backgrounds.  The post graduate certificate programmes have on average about thirty students in each cohort while the MSc Applied Professional Studies programme has approximately one hundred students.  These programmes are all delivered by a blended approach which includes aspects of e-learning, on campus teaching and tutorials.  Lynn have contributed to the content of a range of modules on each of these programmes and is actively involved in assessment and tutorial work with students.  Lynn have also been supervising master’s level dissertations for many years and has supported a large number of students to complete this level of work.


      Lynn has led the formal academic review for all four programmes and introduced e-learning and blended learning methods of delivery to programme that had traditionally been delivered directly by tutors.  Dundee has had an excellent reputation for the delivery of child protection education and Lynn has  continued to lead this area within the School. 


Lynn Kelly was previously a social worker and has worked in this country and in Australia. Lynn has been responsible for managing a wide range of multidisciplinary teams and is interested in supervising and mentoring professionals working in the complex area of child protection. Lynn has worked mainly in the area of child protection but has also managed a large therapeutic service for convicted sex offenders. L

Lynn was a Due Regard member of the Registration and Conduct Committee of the Scottish Social Services Council for seven years and has was until recently an Associate Inspector with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland. Lynn was appointed to the Parole Board for Scotland in 2015

Degrees & Qualifications

  • Doctor of Education (University of Dundee)

  • MSc Applied Social Research (University of Stirling)

  • MA(Hons) (University of Dundee)

  • Dip SW, CQSW, (Queen's College Glasgow)

  • Practice Teaching Award (Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work)

  • PG Module Teaching, Learning and Assessing in Higher Education

  • Scottish Social Services Council Registration Number: 1083191

    I was also a key member of the Univeristy of Dundee Fatality Investiagtion and Review Studies Team (FIRST) which was part of CAHID.  FIRST ntroduced an innovative and effective way of reviewing all child deaths in Scotland and this work will inform the  Scottish Government's review of child death systems in Scotland.  As a member of FIRST Lynn was a joint winner of the University of Dundee, ‘Stephen Fry Award for Excellence in Public Engagement and Research’.  This award celebrates the sharing of the world-class research and is given to University of Dundee researchers who have made the greatest contribution to public engagement in the past year. 

    In 2011 Lynn was awarded the Journal of Social Work Education, Jo Campling Award for her doctoral studies.  This prestigious and highly competitive award,  was given to doctoral candidates who were carrying out research into learning and teaching within social work education.  Lynn won the Journal of Social Work Education award for 'Best Conceptual Paper' in 2017.

Expertise related to UN SDGs

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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Education

Award Date: 11 Dec 2015

Master in Science, University of Stirling

Award Date: 1 Jan 1997

External positions

Member of the Parole Board for Scotland

Aug 2015 → …


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