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I joined the University on the Bicentennial Educational Fellowship in July 2012. Before then I worked as a Community Educator with a Local Authority in the Lothians. I gained a wide range of experience of informal education by working with young people and adults in various school and community settings. A key focus of my educational work was on supporting the development of political literacy to encourage civic involvement and political and electoral participation.

I currently contribute to the teaching and course organisation on the BA (hons) Community Education (BACE) and the MA (Hons) Learning in Communities UG programmes. I also contribute to the teaching on other programmes in Moray House School of Education and Sport. I was Programme Director for  BACE between 2015 & 2020 and led the programme team on the design and successful approval of a new MA programe 'Learning in Communities' which will  replace BACE from 2021.

My research & teaching interests include: citizenship education and learning for democracy; youth political participation and activism; youth work in schools;  professional practice learning; Marxist analysis and critique of education; adult education and popular/radical education; critical social research. 

I completed my Doctorate in Education (EdD) in May of 2020. My thesis title is, ‘How Did Young Left Wing Political Activists Learn to Become Active and Critical Citizens?’.

I am a currently: an external examiner for the BA (hons) Community Education programme at the University of the West of Scotland; I represent the University of Edinburgh on the learning and teaching committee of Newtbattle Abbey College and I serve on the College board in a personal capacity; I am a full member of the of the CLD Standards Council for Scotland, the relevant professional body for our field, and since October 2015 I have served as a member of their Registration, Approval and Professional Learning Committee. I also served as a member of the CONCEPT journal editorial board between 1998 and 2019 and I was editor between 2012 and 2019.

Education/Academic qualification

Adult & Community Education, Postgraduate Diploma

Award Date: 7 Jun 1994

Social Policy & Politics, Master of Arts

Award Date: 6 Jun 1993

Education, Doctor of Education

External positions

External examiner, University of the West of Scotland

20 Jan 2018 → …

Member of the approvals Committee, CLD Standards Council for Scotland

Full Member of CLD Standards Council for Scotland

Member of the Learning and Teaching Committee of Newbattle Abbey College (as representative of the University of Edinburgh)


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