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Dr Margaret Allan joined the School of Education in 2014. Prior to that she was Qualifications Manager (Languages) and ESOL Development Manager at SQA, having been Senior Lecturer in ESOL at Anniesland College, Glasgow. During this time she was a member of the Curriculum Framework Steering Group, a subgroup of the National ESOL Panel.

She was previously an EAL teacher in East Dunbartonshire. She also taught English in Egypt: as an In-Service EFL Teacher Trainer with the Ministry of Education in Tanta, and as a TEFL Lecturer at  Menoufia University, Shebin El Kom, Egypt.

Margaret began her career in education as an English teacher in the school sector.

Area of academic expertise - outline

  • Bilingualism
  • Endangered and minority languages
  • Sociolinguistics, particularly Discourse analysis

Current research activities

February 2016: UWS Seedcorn funding secured for research into ‘Crossing cultures: the experience of young Gaelic and Urdu users in Scottish Education’.

This research aims to discover how young people’s learning experiences in an educational setting support their diversity as an asset and equip them to be confident linguists; it is currently in process.

Desired research direction

  • Bilingualism
  • minority/community languages
  • discourse analysis


  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • Bilingualism
  • Discourse analysis
  • Social justice
  • minority languages
  • PE English

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migration Social Sciences
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Research Output 2015 2017

Giving voice: an analysis of EU student discourses on migration and education

León-Solís, F. & Allan, M., 22 Nov 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


Learner uptake and attainment in Scotland: a response focusing on Gaelic and Urdu

Dombrowski, L., Allan, M. & Mohammed, K., 2015, In : Scottish Languages Review. 30, p. 1-16 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
language policy
secondary school


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