Council Members

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ruth Irwin
Professor Ruth Irwin
Head of School
School of Education
The University of Aberdeen

Background

Ruth Irwin is the Head of the School of Education at the University of Aberdeen. Prior to this, she was the Head of Department of Education at the University of Fiji, and earlier worked at Auckland University of Technology, University of Auckland, and the University of Glasgow. Her research interests are in pedagogy, climate change and Continental philosophy, looking at the impact of economic systems and alternative philosophies to the way we understand ourselves, our education system, and our world. She has written four books and many journal articles and chapters, including Heidegger, Politics and Climate Change (2008), Climate Change and Philosophy (2010), Labour and Education; Perspectives on New Zealand Education Policy Since 1999 (2010), and Beyond the Free Market (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
Dr 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
Dr 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 David Kirk
Professor David Kirk FAcSS
Head of the School
School of Education
The University of Strathclyde

Background

David Kirk is currently Professor and Head of the School of Education at the University of Strathclyde. He is an educational researcher with teaching and research interests in educational innovation, curriculum history, and physical education and sport pedagogy. Professor Kirk is founding editor of the peer reviewed journal Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy (Routledge) and editor of Routledge Studies in Physical Education and Youth Sport. He has held academic appointments previously in universities in England, Australia, Ireland and Belgium and is currently Honorary Professor of Human Movement Studies at the University of Queensland. Kirk’s book Physical Education Futures (Routledge) was published in 2010. His most recent authored book, co-authored with Dr Kimberly Oliver, Girls, Gender and Physical Education: An Activist Perspective, was published by Routledge in August 2015. A book co-edited with Professor Patricia Vertinsky (University of British Columbia) Female Traditions in Physical Education: ‘Women First’ Revisted was published by Routledge in 2016.

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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).