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I currently lead the MSc Career Guidance and Development programme in the School of Media, Culture and Society at UWS. I was previoulsy a member of the Creative and Academic Development team in the School, working on a range of academic development projects including the UWS analytics project, "My Journey".

I have a broad-based experience in Higher Education encompassing the delivery of HE in FE (in the field of Childhood Practice), researcher development consultancy (at the University of Glasgow), leadership of academic development and small-scale research projects, articulation projects and HE career guidance. I recently completed a PhD in the School of Education at UWS, focusing on professional transitions and education for professional practice  in the post-92 HE sector.

I am a professionally quailified career development professional and a member of the Career Development Institute.

Area of academic expertise - outline

My research interests lie in the field of higher education and career development, including education for professional practice and student and staff academic and career development and transitions. I also have an interest in the development of professional practitioner research.

Current research activities

I am currently exploring opportunities to publish work relating to my PhD and am developing a research focus and agenda for the MSc Career Guidance and Development programme. 

Desired research direction

I am seeking opportunities to contribute to research agendas around professional practice education and models for student and staff transitions and development, as well as to research which enhances our understanding of career development in relation to issues of social justice and development.

Target collaborative organisations

The MSc Career Guidance and Development programme has established partnerships with Skills Development Scotland and the Career Development Institute as well as with the UWS Oxfam Partnership.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

I have expertise in career development (and "employability") work with a range of clients, as well as in researcher development and leading academic development projects.

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Research Output

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)
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Sowing the seeds of resistance: empowering people with dementia through community gardening

Noone, S., Jenkins, N., Brown, M. & McCrory, M., 18 Sep 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • Developing a participant-centered approach to qualitative research interviewing

    McCrory, M. & O’Donnell, V., 22 Oct 2016, Theory and Method in Higher Education Research. Huisman, J. & Tight, M. (eds.). Emerald Publishing Limited, Vol. 2. p. 157-175 19 p. (Theory and Method in Higher Education Research).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther chapter contribution

  • Social theory and health inequalities: Critical realism and a transformative activist stance?

    Collins, C., McCrory, M., McCartney, G. & Mackenzie, M., 1 Aug 2015, In : Social Theory & Health. 13, 3, p. 377-396 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Troubled by Ubble

    Mackenzie, M., Collins, C., McCartney, G., McCrory, M. & Wright, S., 21 Nov 2015, In : The Lancet. 386, 10008, p. 2055-2055

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

    1 Citation (Scopus)