Daly, Maura


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I began my career in social work in 1985, with my first five years spent in residential child care. I subsequently worked as a generic social worker and then as a children and families worker. I then moved to a voluntary sector family support organisation where I held several roles as practice teacher, project manager, and then director of operations. I completed my Ph.D. in 2018 and have worked as a lecturer here at Dundee since then.
I am the convenor for practice learning in social work. Additionally, I am a researcher on the SSSC funded longitudinal study of newly qualified social workers and on the study exploring the impact of COVID on newly qualified social workers.


I have led several modules. My main areas of teaching are in preparation for practice learning and in research methods. I have also led on change management and on the EAL (Enquiry Action Learning). Outwith social work, I teach a module on professional identity on our Professional Doctorate programme. 
I am supervisor for several PhD and professional doctorate students.



Research Funding

Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) Interdisciplinary Incubator Grant (IIG): Exploring innovative strategies to improve perinatal mental health in Scotland:  Feb 2023 → Jun 2023

Scottish Social Services Council: Newly Qualified Social Workers Experiences during Covid:1/09/20 → 1/09/21

Scottish Social Services Council: A longitudinal Study of Newly Qualified Social Workers 2016 - 2021 

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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 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PGCert THE, University of Dundee

1 Sept 201930 Apr 2021

Award Date: 15 Oct 2021

Doctor of Philosophy, Glasgow Caledonian University

1 Oct 20151 Oct 2018

Award Date: 1 Oct 2019

Master of Business Administration, Glasgow Caledonian University

1 Sept 201030 Jun 2012

Award Date: 1 Sept 2012

Diploma in Social Work, University of Edinburgh

1 Sept 19881 Jul 1989

Award Date: 30 Sept 1989

Bachelor of Social Science, University College Dublin

1 Sept 19811 Jun 1984

Award Date: 1 Jun 1984


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