Gavin Millar

Senior Lecturer (Social Work)

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Department:School of Education & Social Care

Location: Peterborough (Guild House)

Areas of Expertise: Social Work and Social Policy

Gavin is a (part-time) Senior Lecturer and doctoral candidate with Anglia Ruskin University. He is also an Independent Practice Educator; (part-time) Senior Social Worker and Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) for the local authority and NHS. 

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Gavin began his professional social work career as a local authority Forensic (Mental Health) Social Worker in 2001, before going on to work in private-sector secure-hospital settings as a Senior Forensic Social Worker. He then took on Head of Department roles, before broadening his experiences in other fields via positions in Early Intervention Services (Psychosis), Child Protection and Discharge Planning (Addenbrookes hospital).

In 2006, Gavin started working in part-time educator and social work roles with Anglia Ruskin University/University of East Anglia, and across local authority mental health settings before undertaking a substantive (part-time) role with Anglia Ruskin University in 2009. In 2015, he joined a local authority community mental health team where he works (part-time) as a senior practitioner and AMHP. 

Research interests

  • Doctorate in Education (EdD) (3rd Year)
  • Theories in Social Work education

Gavin's research is in the learning and teaching of theories in social work education with a view to offering the ABC Theory Model © to support practice educators and student social workers in developing their comprehension, and application, of theories both within education and the workplace.


Gavin is module leader for ‘Theories and their Application to Practice’ and ‘Social Work with Adults’ for BA Student Social Workers; and for ‘Practice Education & Supervision in Social Work’ which is a required CPD (Continuous Professional Development) qualification for qualified practitioners who want to support and assess student social workers on their practice placements.


  • PG Cert (MHS), Anglia Ruskin University
  • PG Cert (HE), Anglia Ruskin University
  • MA Advanced Practice & Planning in Social Work, University of East Anglia
  • Advanced Award (Social Work); Thames Valley PQ Consortium
  • HND Management in Social Care Services, Suffolk PQ Consortium
  • Practice Teaching Award, University of East Anglia
  • Diploma in Social Work, Anglia Polytechnic University
  • Diploma in Photography, Glasgow College of Building & Printing

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Health and Care Professionals Council: SW29451
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy