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Research Interests (outline)

Scottish political history from 1832, with especial focus on political change, devolved and local governance, and the wider constitutional landscape.

Public history and policy engagement

Learning and teaching research


Current Teaching Interests (* as Module Coordinator or Moderator)


Democracy in the UK

Making the Modern World*


Foundations of Social and Political Thought*


American Society, Politics and Policy *

Democracy and European Political Parties


UK Political History c1945-2010 *


Dissertation: Applied Social Sciences *


Current Research Projects

Scottish and UK local authorities and the Nuclear Free Zones movement from 1987

Local governance reform and democratic renewal debates in Scotland

European Identity (as part of Erasmus+ RUEU? project)

Peer assessment in the context of academic literacies and inclusive practice


 Academic Biography

I joined UWS at its founding as a new merged university in 2007, having taught at one of its co-founding institutions in Bell College from 2001.  I completed my MPhil and PhD part-time while teaching full-time, so have particular affinity for lifelong learners from diverse backgrounds.  My research profile is complemented by a strong track record of succesful module and programme leadership and curriculum design and development (This spans 'access' courses through all undergraduate levels to postgraduate dissertations.)


Current research activities

  • Development of, and challenges facing, Scotland's local state in an historical and contemporary context
  • Scottish and British politic al and constitutional change
  • Local Authorities in the international Nuclear Free Zones movement since 1987.
  • Part of the international interdisciplinary team working on ERASMUS+ funded RUEU project exploring European identity through serious game development.
  • Practice-based educational research with particular focus on undergraduate peer review in the enhancement of students' research / writing skills, and inclusive practice in the teaching of sensitive issues.
  • Public history and policy engagement around the above issues, particularly local experiences of political change

Desired research direction

  • Political history with especial emphasis on:
  • Comparative and international perspectives on local government and local citizenship / local civic nationalism 
  • Scottish and British party politics and constitutional developments / debates 
  • Public history, knowledge exchange and policy engagement in relation to all of the above topics
  • Practice-based educational research with particular emphasis on formative assessment,  learner development  and inclusive practice in the teaching of sensitive topics

Target collaborative organisations

  • Scottish Government / Parliament
  • Local authorities / LGIU, COSLA etc
  • Community and Heritage organisations 
  • CND

External positions

External Examiner, Leeds International Study Centre (Leeds and Leeds Beckett Universities, jointly) International Year One Programme

1 Nov 20171 Nov 2021

Executive Committee Member -cofounder Community Exchange blog series, Social History Society

1 Apr 20141 Apr 2017


  • JN1187 Scotland
  • politics
  • government
  • elections
  • Govan
  • Partick
  • Glasgow
  • political change
  • 'Red Clydeside'
  • JN101 Great Britain
  • government
  • politics
  • constitutional history
  • parliamentary history
  • elections
  • JS Local government Municipal government
  • democratic renewal
  • historical development
  • historical institutionalism
  • local civic nationalism
  • D204 Modern History
  • Political history
  • HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
  • social class
  • JA Political science (General)
  • ideologies
  • political theory
  • Liberal party (UK, Scotland)
  • liberalism
  • Conservative party
  • Conservatism
  • Unionism and 'Unionist nationalism'
  • Political history
  • Labour party (UK, Scotland)
  • radicalism
  • socialism
  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • peer review / peer assessment
  • inclusive practice
  • teaching sensitive topics

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Research Output 2011 2019

10 Downloads (Pure)

Undergraduate peer review, reading and writing: reflecting on experiences from an International Politics module

Pugh, M. & Veitch, F., 30 Jun 2019, In : European Political Science. 18, 2, p. 335-350 16 p., EPSTL2018340R.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
International Politics
peer review
educational research

A review of contemporary linked challenges for Scottish Local Government

Pugh, M. & Connolly, J., 1 Jul 2016, In : Scottish Affairs. 25, 3, p. 317-336 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

local self-government


Best Personal Tutor - nominated

Michael Pugh (Recipient), 31 Mar 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Innovative Teaching Award - shortlisted

Michael Pugh (Recipient), 31 Mar 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

university teacher

Lecturer of the 21st Century - shortlisted

Michael Pugh (Recipient), 31 Mar 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

university teacher

STARS nomination for outstanding service to colleagues

Michael Pugh (Recipient), 31 Mar 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2014 2019

Engaging Parliaments with Research GCRF - UKRI AHRC event, Houses of Parliament, Westminster

Michael Pugh (Invited speaker)
1 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Engaging with Government: Alumni Panel and Dinner 2019

Michael Pugh (Speaker)
6 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Michael Pugh (Organiser), Colin Clark (Keynote/plenary speaker), Vanesa Fuertes (Chair), Ewan Gibbs (Chair), Mark McNally (Chair)
20 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


Engaging with Government

Michael Pugh (Invited speaker)
7 Mar 20188 Mar 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Oxford University Press (Publisher)

Michael Pugh (Peer reviewer)
1 Dec 20184 Feb 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Press / Media

Mentioned in AHRC and Institute for Government Newsletter

Michael Pugh


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

The Great British Story: A People's History of Britain

Michael Pugh


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment