• Northlands Road, Magee Campus

    BT48 7JL Londonderry

    United Kingdom

  • 1 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
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Personal profile


Denise MacDermott joined Ulster University in 2013 as a lecturer in social work. She completed her social work degree at the University of Strathclyde in 2003.

During this time, Denise was employed by the Northern Ireland Association for the Resettlement of Offenders (NIACRO) as a Project Worker and later a Senior Practitioner for a regional Mentoring programme.  In 2008, she took up the post of Practice Learning Centre Manager with Bryson Care. In 2012, Denise completed her Masters in Professional Development in social work and holds her professional Leadership and Strategic award in social work which she obtained in 2015. Denise is the external examiner for social work at University of South Wales.

Denise is committed to promoting civic engagement and volunteering. In 2009, she took up the position of Chairperson for Le Cheile Youth Justice Support Services based in Dun Laoghaire. More recently she has been actively involved in fundraising projects to tackle food poverty in the North West in partnership with the Churches Trust and the Ulster University Stand Up for Social Work Society.

Currently, Denise is the Course Director for the BSc (Hons) in social work which is a full time three year programme taught at the Magee campus. She is a reviewer for Social Work Education International Journal. Denise is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a certified Nearpod Educator.


Research Interests

  • Service users, carers and survivors’ involvement within social work education.
  • Professional supervision in social work.
  • Flipped classroom pedagogies in social work.



  • Creative assessments within social work programme.
  • No risk peer and lecturer feedback model.
  • Community Engagement Roadshows (pilot project)



Denise contributes to both undergraduate and post graduate teaching in social work at Ulster.

Education/Academic qualification


4 Sep 20108 May 2012

Master, Northern Ireland Social Care Council

External positions

External Examiner, Institute of Technology Sligo

1 Jun 2019 → …

External Examiner, University of South Wales

5 Apr 201530 Sep 2018


  • L Education (General)
  • social work education
  • practice educator
  • professional supervision
  • technology enhanced learning
  • practice learning
  • relationship based practice
  • Digital storytelling

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Research Output 2015 2019

  • 1 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 6 Conference contribution
  • 3 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Paper

Before and After: Digital Storytelling with social work students in Northern Ireland

Mac Dermott, D., Harkin-MacDermott, C. & Wylie, S., 20 May 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : The Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning. 16, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

social work
teaching practice
Open Access
Northern Ireland
Social Work
Social Responsibility

Digital storytelling and creative assessments with social work students

Mac Dermott, D., Wylie, S. & Harkin-MacDermott, C., 22 Mar 2018, (Accepted/In press) p. 1-11. 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

social work

Digital learning innovation and practice

Mac Dermott, D., 4 Aug 2017, (Accepted/In press) Unknown Host Publication. 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

social work

Looking Through the Lens at Endings:Service User, Student, Carer and Practice Educator Perspectives on Endings within Social Work Training

Wylie, S. & Mac Dermott, D., 2017, Doing Relationship Based Social Work : A Practical Guide to Building Relationships and Enabling Change. McColgan, M. & McMullin, C. (eds.). London, p. 177-192

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

social work