Dean of School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management

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Professor Brigid Daniel is the Dean of the School of the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management.

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  • Corporate Responsibilities
  • Research Interests

Professor Daniel studied Psychology at the University of St Andrews and then completed a PhD in the Psychology Department at the University of Edinburgh on ‘The development of head and eye coordination in infants’. This research was the grounding for an enduring research interest in the social and emotional development of children. She qualified in Social Work from the University of Edinburgh and worked for some years as a social worker in Edinburgh, specialising in work with Children and Families and in particular child protection. She then brought her expertise in child development to a teaching fellow post with Dundee University teaching on post-qualifying programmes for practitioners working in child protection and published the book Child Protection for Child Care and Protection Workers which is now in its second edition.

She went to Stirling University as a Senior Lecturer in Social Work and was seconded from there to the Scottish Government for a year as the social work representative on the multi-disciplinary team that undertook a ministerial audit and review of child protection that lead to the influential report “It’s everyone’s job to make sure I’m alright”.  She returned to Dundee as the Professor of Child Care and Protection and oversaw the large suite of professional development programmes in child care and protection that were delivered across Scotland and continued to develop her research on children’s resilience and child neglect. She then went back to Stirling to a Chair in Social Work and managed the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate social work qualification programmes and masters provision in child wellbeing and protection, adult support and protection and leadership and management.

She was the academic advisor to WithScotland – a national hub of expertise on child and adult protection. Professor Daniel established the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection that was launched in March 2016 that undertakes research and education aimed at improving the circumstances of children at risk of compromised development.

Professor Brigid Daniel is a Member of the Board of Children in Scotland and also a member of the BBC Studios' Editorial Review Board for Children's & Youth magazines.

All of this experience contributed to her interest in the ways in which children and young people who have faced adversity in early life can be supported to take part in further and higher education. From experience as a children and families social worker she could see how much these young people had to offer to society if given a chance to reach their potential.

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Professor Brigid Daniel is also a member of the following:

  • Senate
  • Executive Board
  • Academic Management Team
  • Research Strategy Committee
  • International Strategy Board
  • Student Experience Committee
  • Portfolio Development Group
  • Development Steering Group


She is also Chair of¨– ASSaM School Academic Board, ASSaM School Management Team meetings, ASSaM Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategy Committee.

Professor Daniel has published widely on child development, children’s resilience, child neglect and the child protection system. Until she left Stirling, Brigid led the research study Permanently Progressing? studying outcomes for children in Scotland looked after away from home under the age of 5 in collaboration with the University of York. Reports and summaries for the Permanently Progressing? study including an information sheet for children are available at: Permanently Progressing? Reports and summaries. She was also the Scottish lead for the Nuffield funded 4 UK nation study Identifying and Understanding Inequalities in Child Welfare Intervention Rates. Her largest body of work has focused on child neglect, much of it supported by a long partnership with the UK children’s charity Action for Children. The research has helped to generate evidence about how neglected children and their parents can receive timely and effective support. She has also contributed to the neglect strand of the Scottish Government’s Child Protection Improvement Programme.

Active research interests:

  • Child neglect
  • Social inequalities
  • Widening access
  • Social justice
  • Children’s resilience
  • Widening access.

Research methods:

  • Qualitative methods
  • Mixed methods