Daniel McKay

Daniel McKay



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I started my PhD at the University of the West of Scotland in October 2016, having previously completed a B.A. (hons) in Psychology at the same institution, and an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology at the University of Strathclyde. I have a passionate interest in Environmental Psychology, the discipline which my PhD is situated within. I am a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS) and a member of the International Association of People-Environment Studies.

Area of academic expertise - outline

My research focuses on the impact of the university physical learning environment upon the educational process. Ultimately, my research will aim to inform the design of learning environments which provide 'future-proof' and tangible benefits for both students and academic staff.

The UK Higher Education (HE) system is undergoing significant pedagogical change to promote ‘student-centred’ learning and teaching over traditional ‘instructional’ approaches. This change is a key driver for investment in the UK HE estate which aims, in part, to improve the student and staff experience, accommodate student-centred learning and teaching practices, and facilitate the development of key HE skills and attributes.

However, despite HE institutions being at the forefront of academic research, as centres of research excellence, the aforementioned claims regarding the impact of university buildings are constrained by the lack of a comprehensive evidence-base. My PhD research will aim to address these issues using a triangulation of quantitative and qualitative methodologies with students and academic staff attending a multi-campus Scottish University with recent, and on-going, multi-million pound investments.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Teaching Experience:

I have delivered tutorials on the first year Introduction to Psychology module. As a recent graduate, the module received positive feedback regarding my ability to relate to and understand student experiences. I have marked lab report assessments and invigilated in a number of class tests. In addition, I currently deliver tutorials and have written and presented a lecture titled 'Mixed (Qualitative and Quantitative) Methods in Psychological Research' for the second year Research Skills in Psychology module. I have also contributed to the Exploring Psychology summer module, where I have delivered lectures on Applied (Environmental) Psychology and Attribution, and I assisted with tutorials for the enquiry based learning module Investigating Psychology.

Target collaborative organisations

I am keen to target organisations such as the Higher Education Academy, Scottish Funding Council and Association for Directors of University Estates.


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