Dr Gavin Millar

Senior Lecturer (Social Work)

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Education and Social Care

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Social Work and Social Policy

Research Supervision:Yes

Gavin is the Social Work CPD Lead and works alongside local authorities, in promoting post-graduate education and training with a practice focus for rights, independence and inclusion. Gavin is Course Leader for the MSc Advanced Social Work and Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) courses.



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 ARU in 2009.

Research interests

  • 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 Course Leader for the MSc Advanced Social Work course and teaches on other CPD-related modules, such as the Approved Mental Health Professional course and the Rights, Risk and Resolution module.


  • EdD: Doctor of Education, ARU
  • PG Cert: Statutory Mental Health Law & Practice (AMHP), ARU
  • PG Cert: Learning & Teaching in Higher Education, ARU
  • MA: Advanced Practice & Planning, University of East Anglia
  • Practice Educator Award: University of East Anglia
  • Diploma: Social Work, APU

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Social Work England: SW29451
  • Higher Education Academy: Fellow