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.




Levy, S., & Daly, M. (2023). Sense of Place, Migrant Integration and Social Work. In E. J. Gómez-Ciriano, E. Cabiati, & S. Dedotsi (Eds.), Migration and Social Work: Approaches, Visions and Challenges (Research in Social Work). Policy Press

McCulloch, Trish ; Clarke, David ; Ferrier, Claire et al. / NQSWs in Scotland: Experiences of practice during COVID-19 : Experiences of practice during COVID-19. Scottish Social Services Council, 2022. 64 p.

Grant, S., McCulloch, T., Daly, M., MacLeod, M., & Kettle, M. (2022). Newly qualified social workers in Scotland: a five-year longitudinal study. Scottish Social Services Council.

Daly, M., & Smith, M. (2021, Sep 3). Blog post. Reflections on caring for an unaccompanied asylum seeker. Separated in Scotland

McCulloch, T., Grant, S., Daly, M., & Kettle, M. (2021). Newly qualified social workers in Scotland: A five year longitudinal study; Interim report 4. Scottish Social Services Council

Daly, M., & Smith, M. (2021). ‘We need to talk about Bona’: an autoethnographic account of fostering an unaccompanied asylum seeker. International Journal of Social Pedagogy, 10(1), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.14324/111.444.ijsp.2021.v10.x.005

Grant, S., McCulloch, T., Kettle, M., & Daly, M. (2020). Newly qualified social workers in Scotland: A five-year longitudinal study: Interim Report 3: December 2019. Scottish Social Services Council. https://www.sssc.uk.com/knowledgebase/article/KA-02922/en-us

Murray Simpson, Maura Daly, Mark Smith, The Social Work Regulator and Professional Identity: A Narrative of Lord and Bondsman, The British Journal of Social Work, Volume 50, Issue 6, September 2020, Pages 1909–1925, https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcaa034


Grant, S., McCulloch, T., Daly, M., Kettle, M., & Sheridan, L. (2019). Newly qualified social workers in Scotland: A five-year longitudinal study: Interim Report 2: December 2018. Scottish Social Services Council. https://www.sssc.uk.com/knowledgebase/article/KA-02658/en-us

Kettle, M and Daly, M (2018) ‘Social Work Identity’ in Cree, V. Smith, M. (Eds.). (2018). Social Work in a Changing Scotland. London: Routledge.
Daly, M and Kettle, M (2017) ‘Making Professional Identity: Narrative Work and Fateful Moments’, in Webb, S. A. (ED.)  Professional Identity and Social Work, London: Routledge.
Clapton, G and Daly, M (2015), A Social Work ‘Academic-in-Residence’? Social Work Education: The International Journal, Vol. 34: 4

Daly, M., Cooper, S (2013) ‘A solution-focused approach to family support’, Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning, 12(2), pp.87-101
Clapton, G and Daly, M (2007), 'Bridging the Theory - Practice Gap: Student Placement Groups Co-Facilitated by Lecturers and Practice Teachers', Groupwork, 17 (3): 60-75
Cavanagh, B Daly, M and Flaherty, A (2007), Voices of Women in Cornton Vale, Circle: Edinburgh
Daly, M (2005) ‘Partnership with families’ in Smith, M. ed. Secure in the knowledge: Perspectives on Practice in Secure Accommodation, SIRCC: Glasgow
Daly, M (2005) ‘Life story work’ in Smith, M. ed. Secure in the knowledge Perspectives on Practice in Secure Accommodation, SIRCC: Glasgow
Clapton, G., Daly, M. (2005), Leep over the learning gap, Community Care, pp.38-39
Book Reviews
Daly, M (2017) Jane Fenton ‘Values in Social Work: Reconnecting with Social Justice’, Ethics and Social Welfare, 11:1, 103-104

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

Education/Academic qualification

PGCert THE, University of Dundee

1 Sep 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 Sep 201030 Jun 2012

Award Date: 1 Sep 2012

Diploma in Social Work, University of Edinburgh

1 Sep 19881 Jul 1989

Award Date: 30 Sep 1989

Bachelor of Social Science, University College Dublin

1 Sep 19811 Jun 1984

Award Date: 1 Jun 1984


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