Margaret Allan

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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

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 5 - Gender Equality


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


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