School of Education
The University of Aberdeen
During my time at Aberdeen, I have been Programme Director (and previously Depute) of the Primary and Secondary Initial Teacher Education Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), and also of Aberdeen’s pioneering part-time Distance Learning Initial Teacher Education (DLITE) programme. I have pursued a passion for international work, serving as the School’s Director of Innovation and Internationalisation – forging and supporting strategic initiatives, for example, in China where I have worked with hundreds of Primary, Middle, and High School/Secondary teachers over the past few years.
I was Principal Investigator for the technology-enhanced game-based learning innovation Tales of Iona (a finalist at the 2016 International Educational Games Competition). Recent initiatives have been in the creation of Online Access Courses, in order to support entry into Initial Teacher Education nationally.
My research pivots around the study of Education and Religion. I am currently involved in a transnational European Erasmus Plus funded exploration of Religious Education and Diversity (READY) – a project which has included school and faith community visits in: Austria; England; Germany; Sweden; and Switzerland; along with discussion concerning the various Education systems – exploring key issues in intercultural Religious Education pedagogies.
I joined the University of Aberdeen from Education Scotland (Scottish Government), where I worked as a National Development Officer in the Assessment Team. Before this, in Aberdeen City, I worked across the city’s Primary and Secondary schools as a Curriculum Development Officer for Assessment, Moderation, and Reporting (3-18).
I am a GTCS registered Secondary Religious, Moral, and Philosophical Studies Teacher (RMPS). Prior to working as an RMPS teacher in North East Scotland, I worked in the Third Sector in Edinburgh, UK.(2014).