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 qualified as a social worker in 2001 and alongside maintaining his part-time role as a Forensic (Mental Health) Social Worker began working in a substantive part-time Senior Lecturer post with Anglia Ruskin University in 2010.

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Gavin began his professional career as a Local Authority Forensic (Mental Health) Social Worker in 2001 before working in private sector secure hospital settings as a Senior Forensic Social Worker, and then as the Head of Social Work in Kent, before returning to East Anglia as a part-time social worker and part-time Social Work educator with Anglia Ruskin University and University of East Anglia in 2006.

Gavin's work experience further includes locum placements in Early Intervention Services (Psychosis); Child Protection; and Discharge Planning (Addenbrookes hospital) and he is currently undertaking Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) training.

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 teaches ‘Communications and Theories’ and ‘Social Work with Adults’ with BA Student Social Workers, and facilitates the ‘Practice Educator (Social Work)’ course with qualified practitioners, while supervising dissertation students and undertaking tutor roles, alongside chairing the Cambridge and Peterborough Quality Assurance in Practice Learning (QAPL) board.


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

Memberships, editorial boards

  • The College of Social Work: M103716
  • Health and Care Professionals Council: SW29451
  • Higher Education Academy: Fellow