Gavin Millar

Senior Lecturer (Social Work)

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Department:School of Education & Social Care

Location: Cambridge

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 a (part-time) Senior Social Worker, Practice Educator (PE) and Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP).


Gavin began his social work career as a local authority Forensic (Mental Health) Social Worker in 2001, and went on to work in secure-hospital settings before broadening his experiences via positions in Early Intervention Services (Psychosis), Child Protection and Discharge Planning (Addenbrookes hospital). Gavin joined Anglia Ruskin University in 2009 and splits his time between the University and local authority community mental health social work.

Research interests

  • Doctorate in Education (EdD)
  • Learning and Teaching of Theory in Social Work education

Gavin's research is in evaluating the Blended Context Theory Model which he introduced to support practice educators and student social workers in developing comprehension, and application, of theory with social work practice.


Gavin is module leader for ‘Mental Health Law’ and ‘Statutory Mental Health Practice’ which comprise the learning components of Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) training, which is delivered in partnership with Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT).


  • PG Cert Mental Health Services, Anglia Ruskin University
  • PG Cert Higher Education, Anglia Ruskin University
  • MA Advanced Practice & Planning in Social Work, University of East Anglia
  • Diploma in Social Work, Anglia Polytechnic University

Memberships, editorial boards

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