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I am a lecturer in education at the University of the West of Scotland and have gained a PhD at the University of Stirling. I am programme leader for  M.Ed Education Studies  and teach across  range of programmes from SCQF levels 7 - 11, including initial teacher education as well as Master's and PhD supervision. Research interests include critical realist approaches to education research; teacher professional learning and collaborative practices that support PL; digital literacies; partnership working; distributed leadership.


Target collaborative organisations

Collaborative research project with Dr Guiliana Ferri (Brunel University) and Paul Campbell (ESF, HongKong) on NQT experiences in Covid19 pandemic. 

In discussion with Dr Carlos Gonzalez, Grand Canyon University, Arizona: collaboration on research and publication 

Centre for Social Ontology (UCL) - on-going participation in CR interest group

Member of the international committee of IPDA (International Professional Development Association)

Chair, IPDA Scotland


Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange


UWS representatiove on the Scottish Council of Deans of Education Digital Literacies network

Division of Education representative for the School of Education and Social Science Ethics committee

Education and Social Science representative on the UWS Digital Experience Group

Online professional development for teachers

Online teaching and learning

 Collaborative approaches to teaching and learning

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Member, British Educational Leadership and Management Association (BELMAS)

10 Oct 2020 → …

Chair, IPDA, Scotland

Feb 2019 → …

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Jun 2016 → …

Member of SERA

2016 → …


  • L Education (General)
  • professional learning
  • PLCs
  • collaborative practices
  • agency
  • Education Policy


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