SASS Iain Turnbull
First Name: Iain
Surname: Turnbull
Position: Senior Lecturer
Telephone: 01224 263218

Professional Background

A graduate of the University of Dundee Iain trained in Community Education before working as a development officer with mentally frail older people in Fife. He subsequently became an equal opportunities officer working with the City of Dundee District Council being the only male equalities officer in Scotland at that time.

He joined Tayside Regional Council social work department initially as Senior Voluntary Services Officer working in volunteering and with voluntary sector bodies. A number of secondments followed in the community care planning team including working with people with acquired brain injury and, uniquely, working with churches and faith organisations across Tayside in relation to the development of care in the community. At local government reorganisation he joined Angus Council Social Work in strategic planning and commissioning with a remit that included the strategic lead for carers.

He qualified in social work in 1998 and took up a post in criminal justice services working in court services and managing high risk and dangerous offenders.

Before joining the staff at RGU he was Development Manager for Angus Drug and Alcohol Action Team – working with a multi-agency partnership to reduce the harms resulting from drug and alcohol problems.

From January 2016 he has been Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Social Work by Distance Learning.


  • Social Policy
  • Working with people with substance use problems
  • Interdisciplinary practice

Professional Interests

  • Drug and Alcohol issues
  • Partnership working
  • Domestic abuse
  • Volunteering

Publications and Conferences

TURNBULL, I. AND LISHMAN, J. Research and Development in Social Work and Social Care. In: J. LISHMAN, C. YUILL, J. BRANNAN AND A. GIBSON (eds) Social Work: An Introduction. London: Sage.

HOTHERSALL, S. SWAN, C. AND TURNBULL, I.D. 2010 Changing Patterns of Care. In: S. HOTHERSALL AND J. BOLGER (eds) Social Policy for Social Work in Social Care and the Caring Professions. Farnham: Ashgate.

Slesser, S. & Turnbull, I. (2015) Social Work Student Perspectives on Integrated Health and Social Care, Lots to Learn RGU Teaching and Learning Conference May 2015.

Turnbull, I. (2015) Change through Exchange - Broaden your horizon! (Keynote Address) Change through Exchange - Broaden your horizon! CIF/FH Campus Wien, Vienna Austria April 2015