Council Members

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Dr David Smith
Head of School
School of Education
The University of Aberdeen

Background

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).

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Teresa Moran
Professor Teresa Moran
Depute Dean of School and Social Work
School of Education
University of Dundee

Background

Professor Teresa Moran is Depute Dean and Discipline Lead for Education in the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Dundee. She has worked in teacher education for 20 years and has designed and developed undergraduate and post graduate programmes. Her interests include Teacher Education Policy and Practice, Inclusive Practice, Values Education and Self-esteem. She is co-author of ‘Self-esteem; A Guide for Teachers’ (2012).

Teresa is currently Chair of the Tayside and Fife University Partnership Strategic Team and a member of the GTCS National ePortfoilio Working Group. She represents the Scottish Council of Deans on the Scottish Government Dyslexia Working Group and the Scottish College for Educational Leadership’s Strategic Oversight Board.

Internationally Teresa has worked closely with the British Council supporting conferences and international visits in relation to Inclusive Practice in teacher education. Highly committed to providing an international experience for teacher education students Teresa has worked with a team to develop a partnership with the International Baccalaureate Organisation allowing University of Dundee students to qualify for recognition with the organisation. Teresa is a member of the Board of the Teacher Education Policy in Europe Committee.

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Rowena Arshad
Professor Rowena Arshad OBE
Head of School
Moray House School of Education
The University of Edinburgh

Background

I started my professional life in the private sector in business and banking. I had a major career change and took a course in youth and community work course in Reading. I came to Edinburgh in 1985 and started work with Scottish Education and Action for Development(SEAD) as an Education and Campaigns Organiser. I worked with community groups and organisations looking at issues linking Scotland and the developing world. In 1988, I became Director of the Multicultural Education Centre in Edinburgh and from there moved into Moray House. My EdD was an interpretive study of teacher activism in equity and anti-discrimination in Scotland. My thesis explored the factors that contribute to developing Scottish teachers’ interest in issues of equity and anti-discrimination by examining relevant literature on professionalism and activism and through empirical investigation, using a life history approach. I have taught on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

I became the Head of the Institute of Education, Community and Society in 2010 and from there moved into my current post as Head of School in 2013. I was also Associate Dean for Student Academic Misconduct for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences from 2008 – 2013. I convene the University of Edinburgh’s Race Equality Action Group. I co-direct the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES). I was awarded an OBE in 2001 for services to race equality in Scotland.

I have held several public appointments. I was Equal Opportunities Commisisoner for Scotland from 2001-2008. I sat on the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council from 1999 -2009. I have also sat on other Boards including Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education, Scottish Committee of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Scottish Human Rights National Action Plan Advisory Group.

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Professor Trevor Gale
Head of School
School of Education
The University of the Glasgow

Background

Most of my working life has been in the field of education, the last 25 years as an academic. My research has been competitively funded by research councils, government departments and philanthropic trusts, and has focused on the reproduction of inequalities in and through education systems, particularly in schools and higher education and particularly in relation to policy, pedagogy, aspiration, transition, and social justice. I am author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications – books, chapters, articles – which often influence policy and practice. For example, my research on student transition formed the basis of QAA Scotland’s Transition Map, developed to inform practice in Scottish Universities. In 2013 I completed a major report for HEFCE on widening participation in Australian higher education, to inform their assessment of new directions for HE policy and practice in England. I have served on government and professional boards, including as president of the Australian Association for Research in Education, and I am currently a member of the Wales Education Commission. I am the founding editor of the journal Critical Studies in Education and of the book series, Education Policy and Social Inequality. I am frequently invited to deliver keynote addresses at national and international conferences; government and the media regularly seek my views. From 2008 to 2011 I was the founding director of the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education, an Australian Government funded research centre. In 2015 I moved to Scotland to take up the role of Head of the School of Education at the University of Glasgow.

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Dr Morag Redford
Professor Morag Redford
Head of Teacher Education
The University of the Highlands and Islands

Background

Morag Redford is Head of Teacher Education in the University of the Highlands and Islands. In this post she has led the development of a range of teacher education programmes for the University, working closely with local authority partners. This work utilises her previous experience in leading the provision of practice based masters programmes in the University of Stirling. She has research interests in partnership working and the political administration of Education in Scotland. She is the current chair of the Scottish Council of Deans of Education.

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Professor Mark Priestley
Professor Mark Priestley
Deputy Dean
Faculty of Social Sciences
The University of Stirling

Background

Mark is currently Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling, and Diretcor of the Stirling Network for Curriculum Studies. His research interests relate to the school curriculum, curriculum development and realist social theory. He started his career in education as a teacher of History, working in a number of secondary schools in England and New Zealand, where he also taught Geography, RE, Humanities and Social Studies. Recent publications include Priestley, M., Biesta, G.J.J., & Robinson, S. (2015). Teacher Agency: An Ecological Approach (London: Bloomsbury Academic).

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Professor Ian Rivers
Professor Ian Rivers
Senior Vice Dean of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
School of Education
The University of Strathclyde

Background

I am currently Professor of Education for Social Change and Head of the School of Education at the University of Strathclyde. I am a developmental psychologist and HCPC registered health psychologist specialising in the study of the bullying behaviour and its psychological impact.

Prior to joining Strathclyde, I was Professor of Human Development at Brunel University London (2008-2015) and served as Subject Leader (Head of Department) for Sport Sciences and subsequently served as Head of the School of Sport and Education. I have also held chairs in applied psychology (York St John University) and Community Psychology (Queen Margaret University Edinburgh where I was also Head of Psychology). For the past six years, I have been visiting professor in Education at Anglia Ruskin University.

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Professor Donald Gillies
Professor Donald Gillies
Head of School
School of Education
The University of the West of Scotland

Background

I entered the teaching profession in 1984, qualifying as a secondary teacher of English at Jordanhill College of Education, after having graduated MA Hons (English & Philosophy) from the University of Glasgow in 1981. I spent 21 years teaching in Easterhouse, Kirkintilloch, and East Kilbride where I was Principal Teacher of English for 11 years. I gained a MEd degree at the University of Strathclyde in 2001 and moved to a lecturing post there in Educational Studies in 2005. In 2009 I completed my PhD and was promoted to Senior Lecturer the following year. In 2012, I was appointed Professor of Education Policy at York St John University. I returned to Scotland in 2014, becoming Head, and subsequently Dean, of the School of Education at the University of the West of Scotland.

My research interests include education policy, the politics of education, education and fragile communities, educational leadership, educational equality, and the work of Michel Foucault and of Hannah Arendt. I am a Universities Scotland nominee to the General Teaching Council for Scotland, serving on the Professional Regulatory Assurance Committee, and I am also an appointee to the School Closures Review Panel. I have produced nearly 100 educational research outputs over the years, including books, book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers. I created and maintain a free online dictionary of education: www.dictionaryofeducation.co.uk. In my role as Dean, I continue to teach across a range of initial teacher education programmes, Masters modules, and supervise a number of doctoral students.

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Dr Gordon Munro
Dr Gordon Munro
Director of Music
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Background

Gordon Munro studied music education at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, winning prizes in Music History and Choral Conducting, and graduated from the BEd (Music) programme with First Class Honours in 1994. At the University of Glasgow, Gordon undertook postgraduate research into the history of Scottish church music and song schools (1500–1700) with renowned Scottish musicologist Dr Kenneth Elliott.

Gordon began his academic career teaching at the Music School of Douglas Academy, and lecturing at Glasgow University and RCS . In 2012, Gordon moved to Dublin to become Head of the Conservatory of Music and Drama at Dublin Institute of Technology. Gordon returned to Scotland in February 2015, to become Director of Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Gordon has served as External Examiner at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, the University of Aberdeen, and Trinity College Dublin, and he was a member of the 12th Council of the General Teaching Council for Scotland. Gordon has given guest lectures on Scottish music in the UK and America, and has contributed articles, chapters and editions to various publications including Music Education in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (Indiana University Press, 2010), Our awin Scottis Use: Music in the Scottish Church up to 1603 (Universities of Glasgow and Aberdeen, 2000), and Dear Green Sounds: Glasgow’s Music Through Time and Buildings (Waverley Books, 2015).

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Dr Gary Hutchison
Dr Gary Hutchison
Dean of School of Applied Studies
Edinburgh Napier University

Background

Dr Hutchison undertook his scientific training by completing an Honours degree in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Stirling and went on to study an MSc in Drug Design and Biomedical Science before undertaking a PhD examining the toxicology of inhaled particles at Napier University. In 2004 he began his post-doctoral career with the Medical Research Council in the Human Reproductive Sciences Unit, where he held two posts.

Dr Hutchison is Dean of School of Applied Sciences with responsibility for Teacher Education, Life Sciences, Social Sciences, Psychology and Sports Exercise and Health Sciences. In addition to leading the School Dr Hutchison is Campus Principal for Sighthill Campus and member of the University Senior Leadership Team.

Dr Hutchison is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds membership of the Council of Deans for Science and Engineering Scotland and Chairs the Scottish Institute for Policing Research Board of Governance. Dr Hutchison is also currently a UK Government Scientific Advisor with membership of Defra’s Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee (HSAC); Member of Defra’s College of Scientific Experts and previously was a member of the NANoREG UK steering group and UK Government Nanotechnologies Strategy Forum.

Dr Hutchison’s broader activities include membership of the Scottish Life Sciences Association HR Specialist Interest Group which focused on enhancing education and training provision for individuals entering into scientific careers/education in Scotland.

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Professor Bridget Daniel
Professor Bridget Daniel
Dean of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Queen Margaret University

Background

I am currently the Dean of Arts, Social Sciences and Management at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, UK. I originally studied psychology and carried out research in infant perceptuo-motor development. Following qualification as a social worker I practised in Edinburgh, specialising in work with children and families and worked closely with many teachers during that time. I moved to Dundee University to teach post-qualifying courses in child care and protection, then to Stirling University as Senior Lecturer in Social Work, and back to Dundee as the Professor of Child Care and Protection and Director of Studies of Child Care and Protection.

I returned to the University of Stirling to take up the position of Professor of Social Work where I established the Centre for Children Wellbeing and Protection which is still flourishing. My research and publications are in the areas of child development, child neglect and children’s resilience. While at Stirling I was  Principal Investigator for Permanently Progressing, the first stage of a longitudinal study of outcomes for children in Scotland under the age of 5 who are looked after away from home (http://www.stir.ac.uk/social-science/research/research-areas/cfr/permanently-progressing/). I was also Scottish lead for the Nuffield funded four UK nation study Identifying and Understanding Inequalities in Child Welfare Intervention Rates (http://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-directories/current-projects/2014/child-welfare-inequality-uk/).

I am a member of the Board of Children in Scotland and of the BBC Studios’ Editorial Review Board for Children’s and Youth magazines.