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Biography Neil studied Communication at Napier University in the mid 90's and had a "varied" career path before entering the world of social work including working in a bank, working on a sheep farm, presenting a travel programme for Channel 4, driving backpacking tour buses, and managing a youth hostel.

Neil studied the PG Social Work course at Robert Gordon University in 2003. Whilst studying he worked in a children's home, and a residential home for people with learning disabilities. Upon qualifying, Neil went to work in the social work team based at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he completed his MSc on carers needs. After two years he went to work for the Criminal Justice Addictions Team, then got a senior practitioners position within Aberdeenshire's Adult Protection Team, before taking up a senior position at Aberdeen City Council within their Adult Protection Unit.

Neil joined the teaching team at RGU in 2011. Since qualifying he has also completed post graduate courses in Practice Teaching, Addictions and Adult Protection through RGU, Glasgow University and, St Andrews University, as well as a PhD. He is also a Senior Fellow/Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).
Research Interests Neil has researched the use of photography as a therapeutic tool within social work. His work has involved delivering the project to a wide range of service user groups, and he has developed a CPD course for professionals who are interested in using this approach in their service. He obtained his PhD in 2018 on this topic. His research interests also include global contexts of social work, and empowerment.
Teaching and Learning Therapeutic Practice
Care Management
Palliative Care
Criminal Justice
Substance Use
Learning Disabilities
Residential Childcare
Adult Protection