School of Social and Political Science

Ms Avril McIvor

Job Title

Senior Lecturer

Avril McIvor. Senior Lecturer in social work

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Building (Address)

Chrystal Macmillan Building

Street (Address)

15a George Square

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Research interests

Research interests

 Whilst my contract within the University is teaching, I am interested in a wide range of research areas, especially those areas that pertain to social work practice.    

I am a member of the editorial board for the BJSW.


I have worked in social work in local authority services and social work education in Scotland in a variety of roles since 1983, I am a registered social worker.

Having attended the University of Strathclyde to undertake a Degree in Community Education.  I then worked with Strathclyde Regional Council until 1998 within adult carers services as a community worker, which aimed to implement the new Carers Recognition Act 1995.  

Having undertaken my practice educators award in 1997, I left the local authority social work service in 1998 to take up a place at the University of Glasgow social work initial qualifying post-graduate programme, in which I gained a P.G Dip social work. From 2000 to 2017 I worked within a large local authority in the West of Scotland, as a social worker, senior social worker and service manager within the Children and Families locality teams and the learning and development section

 I also continued on a part-time basis to continue with my own professional development having successfully gained a graduate certificate in Child Welfare and Protection from the University of Dundee and an MSc. from Glasgow Caledonian University in Applied Leadership and Management.  

I regard myself as care experience and this very much sparked my interest in social work as a career, I am part of the British Journal of Social Work editorial board member and currently serve as a  member of the care experience committee within the University.    I am also a committed trade union member with a special interest in LGBT+ and identify as part of this community.

My passion for social work is entrenched in fieldwork education and an area that I have learned a great deal of and continue to contribute and lead within the social subject area. 

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Staff Hours and Guidance

As your time is important to me and my diary can be quite busy, it would be great if you are able to email directly so that we can make an appointment together. 

Publications by user content

Publication Research Explorer link
McIvor A. Social work: A profession that chose me. In Cree VE, editor, Becoming a Social Worker. 3 ed. Taylor and Francis Inc. 2022. p. 11-15 doi: 10.4324/9781003181989-3