McCulloch, Trish


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I am Professor of Social Work and Senior Associate Dean for Culture and People in the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law.  I joined the University in 2003, having  previously worked as a social worker within youth and adult justice settings.  My teaching, research and impact activity straddles criminal justice and professional learning, and is grounded in ideas of voice and participation.  Current and recent research projects include co-design work with young adults in conflict with the law; exploring 'user' experiences of justice and longitudinal research into the experiences of early career social workers.

I am vice-chair of the Scottish Advisory Panel on Offender Rehabilitation (SAPOR) and an editorial board member for the British Journal of Social Work .  I am also active in a number of advisory roles with the Scottish Social Services Council and the Scottish Government.


  • Criminal and Community Justice
  • Social Policy & Policy Development
  • Research Methods
  • Doctoral Supervision


Research Funding

  • Royal Society of Edinburgh, 2022. Co-designing Social Justice for Young Adults in Conflict with the Law.
  • Scottish Universities Insight Institute, 2020.  Designing socially just institutions for 18-25 years olds in conflict with the law.
  • Scottish Social Services Council, 2020.  Newly Qualified Social Workers Experiences during Covid 19.  
  • Scottish Government, 2018-. Measuring Justice: Defining Concepts, Developing Practice
  • Scottish Social Service Council, 2016-2021. Newly Qualified Social Workers, 5 year research study
  • Social Work Scotland, 2018, Criminal Justice: Exploring gender
  • Social Work Scotland, 2016. What the public think about Scottish social services and why.
  • Scottish Universities Insight Insitute, 2015-2016. Creating Spaces for Change Knowledge Exchange project.
  • Scottish Social Services Council, 2015-2016.   An Integrated Learning Model for Social Work Education
  • Scottish Social Services Council 2015-16. Philosophies of Learning in Social Work Education in Scotland.
  • Scottish Social Services Council 2015-16. Should qualifying social work education have a core curriculum? 
  • Scottish Centre for Criminal Justice Research
  • Scottish Government
  • Dundee City Council, Justice Services
  • Dundee City Council, Children's Services


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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Criminal Justice Sanctions and Services: Exploring Potential

Award Date: 1 Jan 2014

Master of Social Science, Probation, Social Context and Desistance: Retracing the relationship, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004

Master of Science, Social Work: Responding to a multi-ethnic society?, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 1999

Master of Arts, University of Aberdeen

Award Date: 1 Jan 1997

External positions

Editorial Board Member

24 Jul 2020 → …

Vice Chair, Scottish Advisory Panel on Offender Rehabilitation, Scottish Government

Dec 2018 → …

Member of JUC-SWEC Scotland

Jul 2018Oct 2022

Co-Chair of Scottish Review of Social Work Education

Sept 20152017

Chair of Scottish Heads of Social Work Group

Jun 2015Jun 2018

Member of National Strategy for Community Justice Steering Group, Scottish Government

Mar 20152016

Panel Member, Scottish Advisory Panel on Offender Rehabilitation

Nov 2014Dec 2018


  • H Social Sciences (General)


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