Curriculum Vitae

Moira Bernadette Dunworth

Independent Educationalist and Researcher


BA Open (2:2) The Open University 2004
M Sc (2:1) Gender in Society University of Edinburgh 1992
B Soc Sc (2:2) Social Work & Social Research University College Dublin 1974

Professional Qualifications

Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice The Open University 2013
Social Work Practice Teaching Award Scottish Social Services Council 2006
Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education Napier University, Edinburgh 2005
Diploma in Social Work (CQSW) University of Glasgow 1978

Current research (2018)

See my Research Page

Social Work Practice Teaching 2018

I am part of the website team of ScOPT, the Scottish Organisation for Practice Teaching. I played a key role in the development of ScOPTbox, the new practice teaching resource. See my links page for further detail.

Current Community-based work (2018)

As a trustee and co-convenor of the Mamie Martin Fund I am closely involved with the work of supporting girls’ secondary education in Malawi. I travelled to Malawi in 2015  to review our partnership agreement and worked with our partner there on an assessment of our effectiveness as a partnership. We were able to produce a report on that impact assessment and you can download it from the Mamie Martin Fund website. I visited Malawi again in 2016 and worked with our partner and our administrator in establishing better monitoring and evaluation systems.

Supporting the important work of Freedom from Torture as part of the Supporters’ Group in Edinburgh. As well as fund-raising we work with Amnesty International Scotland in presenting the work our our clients at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Welcoming some of these clients to Edinburgh is our pleasure each August and puts all of the work into perspective.

Previous work history

I have worked with a range of organisations in the fields of social services and Higher Education.

I started work with the Open University in April 1992 and initially worked within Community Education, moving onto Health and Social Care as that department developed into a faculty. I led the implementation of the National Open Learning Programme (for Social Work qualifying training) in Scotland and managed a large team of Associate Lecturers. I continue my work with the Open University as an Associate Lecturer and occasional researcher.

Sessional teaching on the Graduate Certificate in Post-Qualifying Social Work at the Robert Gordon University Aberdeen.

Portfolio assessment for entry to the Social Work programme for the Robert Gordon University Aberdeen.

Edinburgh Napier University between 2002 and 2004 – I designed and delivered a Post-Qualifying Social Work programme.

The City of Edinburgh Council as part of their Workforce Planning and Development team.

The Children’s Hospice Association Scotland as Head of Education and Development.