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Teacher professional learning; Educator collaborative practices; Situated professional learning; interdisciplinary practices in professional learning


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Area of academic expertise - outline

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 level prgrammes. I supervise students at Mater's and PhD level. 

Research interests include critical realist approaches to education research; teacher professional learning and collaborative practices that support PL; digital practices and literacies; partnership working; distributed leadership.

Supervision (last 2 years)

PhD 2022

Amira Lagha:  Collaboration in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) in
Algeria: An Exploratory Study of the Perspectives of
University Educators and Students (ongoing - second supervisor).


Xue Dong: A study of Chinese college students’ autonomous learning in Inner Mongolia EFL courses (on-going, second supervisor).


M.Ed 2021

Adiba Eshan: The impact of teaching practices on children participation in Early Childhood education in Pakistan. 

Hamira Latif: Second language learning anxiety and teachers’ support in young language learners in early childhood education of Pakistan  

MSc 2020

Nasrin Sultana Headteachers’ role in the implementation of inclusive education in primary schools in Bangladesh 

Mohammed Islam. Exploring the relationship between head teachers’ transformational leadership style and teachers’ organisational commitment in government primary schools in Bangladesh. 



Target collaborative organisations


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

Microsoft Innovative Expert in Education

Online professional development for teachers

Online teaching and learning

 Collaborative approaches to teaching and learning

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development 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 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Conference Chair, International Professional Development Association

Nov 2022 → …

Trustee, SCRAN Academy

1 Jun 2022 → …

Mentor, South of Scotland Digital Skills Hub

28 Feb 2022 → …

External Examiner, Cardiff Metropolitan University

30 Sept 2021 → …

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
  • Digitial Literacies
  • Digital Skills


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