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Area of academic expertise - outline

Social policy and social change, family life and social welfare, social issues and policy responses

Current research activities

Researching the role and activities of a welfare rights organisation in Clydebank.

Desired research direction

Interested in impact of current welfare reforms.


I joined UWS in 2001 as a part-time lecturer in Social Policy.  For the first few years of my tenure at UWS, I was also an associate lecturer with the Open University and tutor, lecturer and adviser of studies at the University of Glasgow.  Prior to this, I had worked as the Research Coordinator for the Applied Social Sciences course at the University of Glasgow and tutored on American Political Systems at the University of Strathclyde.  I had also worked as a researcher and interviewer, mainly for the University of Glasgow, on a wide range of issues including: homelessness and housing conditions; children’s health and their knowledge and use of drugs; mentoring in higher education; and family policy.  In addition, I was the UK Coordinator of Data Gathering for the English/Scottish component of the Seven-Nation Survey on Homelessness, for Wayne State University, Department of Psychology. My degree is in Politics and Sociology and my PhD was on The Origins and Symbolism of Nazi Ideology. My areas of academic interest and expertise are in family policy and neoliberal discourses on social welfare and their impact. I am currently involved in research on a welfare rights organisation in Clydebank.




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Research Output

CELT: a computerised evaluative learning tool for continuing professional development

Kelly, D. R. & Mackay, L., Apr 2003, In : Medical Education. 37, 4, p. 358-367 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 6 Citations (Scopus)


    Nominated for STARS Innovative Teaching

    Mackay, Linda (Recipient), 2011

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Nominated for STARS Outstanding Teaching

    Mackay, Linda (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Other distinction

    Nominated for STARS Outstanding Teaching

    Mackay, Linda (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Other distinction