Ingram, Richard


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Professor Richard Ingram joined the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Dundee in 2004. Prior to arriving at the University, he practiced as a social worker in a range of settings including children and families social work, educational social work and inter-disciplinary project work. These professional roles equipped Richard with the knowledge, skills and commitment to work towards inclusion, social justice and the formation of positive and impactful relationships with service users. 


Richard has held a range of roles at the School of Education and Social Work which include module leader, programme director (BA and MSc Social Work) and Head of Taught Postgraduate Studies. These roles have allowed Richard to have a pivotal contribution to programme design, delivery and innovation across the key programmes in the School. He was the Associate Dean Internationalisation od the School of Education and Social Work for many years and is committed to expanding the global reach and relevancy of programmes, research and staff/student mobility.


Richard is currently the Academic Regional Lead for East Asia. This role involves the leadership, coordination and development of the University of Dundee strategy for the region in terms of recruitment, partnerships, programme development and international student support. 


Richard has established a strong research and scholarship profile. He achieved a PhD in 2013 which focussed on the role of emotions in social work practice. He has published at a national and international level in relation to relationship based practice, emotions and social work, reflective practice, pedagogy and the student experience. He is currently part of an international project exploring the synergies and differences between Scottish and African conceptions of social work and social work education. Richard was appointed Co-Editor in Chief of the Social Work Education: the international journal in 2020. This prestigious role involves the promotion and development of social work education knowledge and practices across the globe. 


In 2023 Richard was promoted to Professor of Social Work. He has also recently been elected as UK/Scottish lead on the executive commitee of the European Association of Schools of Social Work (EASSW). 


Dr Richard Ingram's teaching areas include:

  • Relationship based practice
  • Emotions and social work
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Reflection
  • Models and methods
  • Practice skills

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 4 - Quality Education

External positions

UK Lead

18 Jun 202418 Jun 2027

Co-Editor in Chief

1 Mar 20211 Mar 2026


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