Professor Richard Ingram

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Dr Richard Ingram joined the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Dundee in 2004. Prior to arriving at the University, he practiced as a  social worker  in a range of settings including children and families social work, educational social work and inter-disciplinary project work. These professional roles equipped Richard with the knowledge, skills and commitment to work towards inclusion, social justice and the formation of positive and impactful relationships with service users. 

Richard has held a range of roles at the School of Education and Social Work which include module leader, programme director (BA and MSc Social Work) and Head of Taught Postgraduate Studies. These roles have allowed Richard to have a pivotal contribution to programme design, delivery and innovation across the key programmes in the School. He is currently the Associate Dean Internationalisation and is committed to expanding the global reach and relevancy of programmes, research and staff/student mobility.

Richard is currently the Academic Regional Lead for East Asia. This role involves the leadership, coordination and development of the University of Dundee strategy for the region in terms of recruitment, partnerships, programme development and international student support. 

Richard has established a strong research and scholarship profile. He achieved a PhD in 2013 which focussed on the role of emotions in social work practice. He has published at a national and international level in relation to relationship based practiceemotions and social workreflective practice, pedagogy. and the student experience. He is currently part of an international project exploring the synergies and differences between Scottish and African conceptions of social work and social work education. Richard was appointed Co-Editor in Chief of the Social Work Education:the international journal in 2020. This prestigious role involves the promotion and development of social work education knowledge and practices across the globe.


Dr Richard Ingram's teaching areas include:

  • Relationship based practice
  • Emotions and social work
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Reflection
  • Models and methods
  • Practice skills

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Professor Ingram’s research interests involve two key aspects of his roles – social work and internationalisation. He has published widely on social work themes including emotions. reflective practice and relationships. In terms of internationalisation his expertise includes student experience, internationalising the curriculum and comparative social work research.

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Areas of expertise

  • Social work