Tony McGinn
  • Northlands Road, Magee Campus

    BT48 7JL Londonderry

    United Kingdom

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Tony joined Ulster University as a Lecturer in Social Work in 2017. He teaches on the undergraduate and post-graduate programmes at Ulster, and maintains a wide-ranging research profile.

Tony is chief investigator in the Atlantic Philanthropies/HSC sponsored Learning Disability and Dementia Data Analytics project, in collaboration with the five Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland. He has also secured funding for two PhD studentships, focusing on the bureaucratisation of social work practice, from the NI Department for Economy, and the UK Doctoral Training Alliance.

Building on his own PhD in the field of domestic violence, Tony currently supervises a PhD project focusing on the Irish and UK judicial responses to the perpetration of domestic violence. Building on Tony’s social work practice experience he also supervises PhD projects on interventions for anxiety driven behaviours in people with a learning disability.

Research Interests

In general terms, i am interested in adapting what we do, in social work, to the evolving needs of our service users. My PhD was an in-depth study of the processes of change, for perpetrators of domestic violence. This led to an interest in how our judicial systems, in the UK and Ireland, support social workers and allied professionals in their bid to create safe environments for DV victims and children forced to live with domestic violence. I supervise a PhD on this topic, currently.

I'm the lead researcher for an international review of Family Group Conferencing efficacy, registered with the Campbell Collaboration, currently under peer review.

I'm also involved in a social inclusion project for children transitioning to secondary education; a study of how technology can be leveraged to increase client contact times in social work, and two projects centred upon anxiety-driven behaviour in learning disabled service users.

Finally, i am also fortunate to be part of the wider social work research team, at Ulster, with its emphasis on understanding and improving social work decision making.

Teaching Interests

In addition to the supervision of MSc and PhD projects, my teaching responsibilities include evidence-based practice, psychology for social work and a range of undergraduate social work subject areas. I am particularly interested in the leverage of advances in ICT for more accessible and effective student learning environments.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, Psychology, Open University

1 Feb 20091 Jan 2014

Award Date: 16 Apr 2015

PhD, Partner-violence perpetrator programmes: Exploring the change process with partner-violent men and survivors., Ulster University Doctoral College

1 Oct 20111 Oct 2014

Award Date: 1 Oct 2014

Bachelor, Social Work

30 Sept 200930 Jun 2011

Award Date: 1 Sept 2011


1 Sept 19921 Oct 1995

Award Date: 1 Sept 1995

External positions

Volunteer, Sproai Agus Sport Family Centre

1 Jun 2018 → …

Volunteer, Extern

1 Feb 201720 Sept 2018


  • HA Statistics
  • statistical analysis for social sciences
  • meta-anlaysis
  • HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
  • domestic violence
  • learning disability,
  • social inclusion
  • social work education
  • behaviour change


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