Dr Muir Houston

  • Senior Lecturer (Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education)

telephone: 0141-330-4699
email: Muir.Houston@glasgow.ac.uk

Biography

Chair of the College of Social Sciences Ethics Committee; Member of the University Ethics Committee

Muir entered higher education as a mature student in 1993. Having left school at 16 he completed an apprenticeship as a Motor Vehicle Technician. Having served his time he moved to the West Highlands and in between periods of contemplation he worked as a motor vehicle technician, a prawn fisherman, a fish factory operative and handyman, a quarry worker and HGV driver; and, started his own business under the infamous Enterprise Allowance scheme.

He returned to education by completing an HNC Social Sciences at Reid Kerr College and achieved enough merits that he was allowed direct entry to Second year at the University of Paisley on the BA Applied Social Studies programme. Graduating with a 2:1 he then entered the M.Phil. in Social Science Research at Glasgow graduating in 1998.

After graduation he secured a part-time research post in the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Paisley where he stayed – on a variety of fixed term contracts until moving to the University of Stirling in 2004. He was awarded his PhD from the University of Paisley in 2006 having managed to complete in less than 4 years part-time, for his study on issues of student progression and its association with performance and diversity with a focus on the trajectories of non-traditional students. At the University of Stirling he worked with Mike Osborne and others on the ESRC funded (£870,000) TLRP project SOMUL: the social and organisational mediation of university learning.

After the end of his contract at Stirling in 2008, he moved to Glasgow to continue his association with Mike Osborne on another series of fixed term contracts in the areas of learning cities and regions, adult and lifelong learning, widening access and participation, and, the role of aspirations in the transitions of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds into employment or education.

He was awarded a permanent post as a lecturer in 2012 and gained promotion to Senior Lecturer in August 2015.

Research interests

Research interests

Dr Muir Houston is a Lecturer in the School of Education and a member of the Social Justice, Place and Lifelong Education (SJPLE) Research Group at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, UK. He is also the Ethics Officer for the College of Social Sciences sitting on the University Ethics Committee and an Associate of both PASCAL and CRADALL networks. He has previously held positions in the Institute of Education at the University of Stirling and the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of the West of Scotland and has over 15 years experience in academic research. A sociologist by training, he has research interests in adult and lifelong learning, including the development and implementation of learning cities and regions; aspects of the contemporary student experience including access, retention, progression and performance, and issues of widening participation and inequality of opportunity. In addition, he has research interests in the career and educational motivations and aspirations of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

He is proficient in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research often with an emphasis on advanced quantitative techniques including considerable experience of case study comparative research.

A number of coherent strands underpin his research interests as indicated in the list of outputs. The first and perhaps major strand can be said to encompass all aspects of the contemporary student experience - as evinced by my work on the SOMUL project - (built on interests in access, Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning), particularly issues of retention, progression and performance (Doctoral thesis and other outputs); and specifically entry to medicine. This is linked, through my involvement in the WHAN and JRF funded projects to research interests in the career and educational aspirations, motivations and choices of young adults particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Much of this is distinguished by the adoption of advanced quantitative analysis.

The second strand  relates to Learning cities/regions and how they can be harnessed to address specific EU priorities in relation to civic engagement, social inclusion, education and training, employability  and regional development. These issues relate to ongoing EU funded work and are the focus of current bids noted below.

Finally, he has been able to maintain research interests  in Economic and Social History (Foster et al.). Their analysis of the relationship between class formation and sectarianism in Victorian Clydeside adopts a Marxist perspective and confronts conventional wisdom on the relative salience of class and religion; the effects of which are still felt today.

Research collaborations

ESRC/TLRP project: What is Learned at University: the social and organisational mediation of university learning (SOMUL). Research Team: J. Brennan (OU), David Jary (OU), Mike Osborne (DACE), John Richardson (OU), Muir Houston (DACE), Yann Lebeau (UEA), Rob Edmunds (OU)

WHAN (Working in Health Access Network) A evaluation and research network working with regional Access fora.

Womens University in Africa (WUA) Zimbabwe - Scoping visit to develop research collaborations with Professor Charles Nherera and colleagues in the areas of gender studies, development studies and comparative education.

Grants

Grants

I have been involved in projects funded by: the Scottish Funding Council/National Health Service (Scotland), concerned with the selection of students to Medicine, Veterinary Science and the Allied Health Professions (WHAP and WHAN); a major ESRC/TLRP project utilising a case study approach to investigate the social and organisational mediation of university learning (SOMUL); a investigation of the role of aspirations in young people funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (SHAPE); and a number of European Union projects.

At the European level i have been involved in four projects funded under the LLL programme: R3L+ (504475-LLP-1-2009-1-DE-GRUNDTVIG-GMP) Adult education in the light of the European Quality Strategy which involved a case study approach to investigate issues of quality and partnership in the creation of successful learning regions/cities and focused on adult learning partnerships; GINCO (503706-LLP-1-2009-1-BE-GRUNDTVIG-GNW) Grundtvig International Network of Course Organisers which looked at issues of quality in Grundtvig IST courses; the THEMP project (511690-LLP-1-2010-1-ES-KA1-KA1SCR) Tertiary Higher Education for People in Mid Life which again adopted a comparative approach to examine barriers to and opportunities for the participation of mid-life adults in higher education as a response to Europe 2020; and the LETAE project (LETAE: 539382-LLP-1-2013-1-ES-ERASMUS-EQR)  which builds on THEMP, but focuses on work-related elements of HE collaborations with employers and trade groups .

 

Supervision

Muir supervises students at both Masters and Doctoral levels. In addition, he was a visiting lecturer at Queen Margaret University where he supervised international MBA students via distance learning. At present he is jointly supervising four doctoral students: Grace Poulter and Mpoki Mwaikokesya - recently awarded his Doctorate (with Mike Osborne); supervising Frazer Paton (PhD) (with Professor Nicki Hedge); Wenting Wang (with Dely Elliot) and jointly supervising one EdD (Mama Owusu) with Professor Penny Enslin. Muir is interested in supervising students in the following areas:

  • All aspects of the student experience including access, progression and performance
  • Adult education
  • Aspirations of disadvantaged youth
  • Inequality
  • Learning cities and regions
  • Comparative education studies
  • Marxist analysis of contemporary issues including the continuing salience of class.

Teaching

Teaching

Muir is a sociologist by training and his work in the field of education is informed by his sociological imagination. He teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the fields of sociology and social research methods. He has also been involved as a tutor on a a number of distance learning modules.

He gained accreditation with the ILTHE in 2003-04, later to become the HEA, of which he is a Fellow and has collaborated with the Academy in a number of activities over the years.

  •   the organisation of a conference and editing of selected conference papers for the Education Subject Centre (ESCalate) on the teaching/research nexus;
  •   the production of a review of UK undergraduate provision in the Biosciences with the Biosciences Subject Centre; and,
  •   more recently as part of the team commissioned to produce a review of the role of flexibility in widening participation to HE.

He has also been involved in reviews commissioned by the Scottish Qualifications Authority in relation to grading and assessment practices.

At present Muir teaches on the following modules and programmes

  • Introduction to Social and Educational Research (PG)
  • Advanced Educational Research (PG)
  • Curriculum Design (PG)
  • Community Development (UG)

He has also been a guest lecturer at Queen Margaret University and previously taught at the University of Stirling and the University of the West of Scotland

 

Additional information

Consulting and advice

Muir has carried out consultancy work for the National Health Service, the Scottish Drugs Forum and Kent County Council in the areas of data analysis and interpretation.

Academic and professional body membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Association of Institutional Research (US)

Member of Steering Committee: Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR) Network

PASCAL International Observatory Affiliate

Additional information

In the course of his career, Muir has gained experience as a member of the organising committee of a number of international conferences. Duties include reviewing and selecting abstracts and papers, scheduling and organising paper and workshop sessions and contributing to general planning and logistics. In addition, he has reviewed bids for the ESRC small grants programme; reviewed books for the Scottish Educational Review; and, reviewed paper submissions for the Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, the British Journal of Educational Research and Higher Education Research and Development.

He has excellent interpersonal, communication and networking skills and has experience of working within multinational, multidisciplinary teams and has coordinated numerous work packages and research strategies including activities in the R3L+, THEMP and GINCO projects. Through the PASCAL and CRADALL networks he has experience of the project dissemination and exploitation; and has published widely in the area of higher education with a focus on access, widening participation, the student experience and the role of flexible practices.

Publications

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2015

Houston, M., Osborne, M., and Rimmer, R. (2015) Private schooling and entry to medicine: a case study using matched samples and causal mediation analysis. BMC Medical Education, 15, 136. (doi:10.1186/s12909-015-0415-1)

Kintrea, K., St Clair, R., and Houston, M. (2015) Shaped by place? Young people’s aspirations in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Journal of Youth Studies, 18(5), pp. 666-684. (doi:10.1080/13676261.2014.992315)

Osborne, M., Rimmer, R., and Houston, M. (2015) Adult access to higher education: an international overview. In: Yang, J., Schneller, C. and Roche, S. (eds.) The Role of Higher Education in Promoting Lifelong Learning. Series: UIL Series on Lifelong Learning Policies and Strategies (3). UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning: Hamburg, pp. 17-39. ISBN 9789282011942

2014

Mwaikokesya, M. J.D., Osborne, M., and Houston, M. (2014) Mapping lifelong learning attributes in the context of higher education institutions. Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, 20(2), pp. 21-36. (doi:10.7227/JACE.20.2.3)

Krüger, K., Parellada Laur, M., Osborne, M., Houston, M., Molas, A., and Jiménez, L. (2014) The relevance of university adult education for labour market policies. Revista Internacional de Organizaciones, 12, pp. 45-69.

St Clair, R., Kintrea, K., and Houston, M. (2014) Local labour markets: what effects do they have on the aspirations of young people? In: Mann, A., Stanley, J. and Archer, L. (eds.) Understanding Employer Engagement in Education: Theories and Evidence. Routledge: London, pp. 114-126. ISBN 9780415823463

Krüger, K. et al. (2014) Social Effectiveness of Tertiary Education for Adults in Mid-life. Project Report. Fundación Conocimiento y Desarrollo, Barcelona.

2013

Houston, M., and Osborne, M. (2013) Tertiary Higher Education for People in Mid-life (THEMP) National Report of Case Studies UK: Scotland. THEMP Discussion Paper 7.6. Project Report. Fundación Conocimiento y Desarrollo, Barcelona.

Houston, M., and Osborne, M. (2013) Teaching and Learning in University Lifelong Learning for People in Mid-Life: THEMP Discussion Paper 6.1. Project Report. Fundación Conocimiento y Desarrollo, Barcelona.

Krüger, K., Parellada, M., Alvarez, M., Houston, M., and Osborne, M. (2013) Core Dimensions of Social Effectiveness in University Adult Education. Fundación Conocimiento y Desarrollo: Barcelona.

St. Clair, R., Kintrea, K., and Houston, M. (2013) Silver bullet or red herring? New evidence on the place of aspirations in education. Oxford Review of Education, 39(6), pp. 719-738. (doi:10.1080/03054985.2013.854201)

2012

Duffy, T., Houston, M., and Rimmer, R. (2012) Qualitative analysis of a self administered motivational instrument (SAMI): promoting self-feedback, self-efficacy and self-regulated learning. Reflecting Education, 8(1), pp. 32-56.

Eckert, T., Preisinger-Kleine, R., Fartusnic, C., Houston, M., Juceviciene, P., Dillon, B., Nemeth, B., Kleisz, T., Ceseviciute, I., Thinesse-Demel, J., Osborne, M., and Wallin, E. (2012) Quality in Developing Learning Cities and Regions: A Guide for Practitioners and Stakeholders. Ludwig Maximilian University: Munich, Germany. ISBN 9783000373336

Houston, M., Lumsden, M.A., and Osborne, M. (2012) The Working in Health Access Programme (WHAP): impact on school leaving exam results and applications to Medicine.

Osborne, M., and Houston, M. (2012) United Kingdom – Universities and lifelong learning in the UK – adults as losers, but who are the winners? In: Slowey, M. and Schuetze, H. (eds.) Global Perspectives on HE and Lifelong Learners. Routledge. ISBN 9780415675079

2011

Kintrea, K., St.Clair, R., and Houston, M. (2011) The influence of parents, places and poverty on educational attitudes and aspirations. Project Report. Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York.

Eckert, T., Houston, M., and Presinger-Kline, R. (2011) The R3L+ project. In: EUROlocal Conference/Workshop 2011, Murten, Switzerland, 27-29 Oct 2011,

Foster, J., Houston, M., and Madigan, C. (2011) Irish immigrants in Scotland's shipyards and coalfields: employment relations, sectarianism and class formation. Historical Research, 84(226), pp. 657-692. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-2281.2010.00554.x)

Houston, M., McCune, V., and Osborne, M. (2011) Flexible learning and its contribution to widening participation: a synthesis of research. Project Report. Higher Education Academy.

Houston, M., and Osborne, M. (2011) Effective partnerships in the development of learning city/regions at both macro and micro levels: a case study approach. In: FACE 2011 Annual Conference: Lifelong Learning and Community Development, Glasgow, UK, 29 Jun - 01 Jul 2011,

Houston, M., and Rimmer, R. (2011) Simultaneity in student decision making and institutional data. In: Fourth Annual UK and Ireland Higher Education Institutional Research Conference, Kingston Upon Thames, UK, 16-17 Jun 2011,

Kintrea, K., St Clair, R., and Houston, M. (2011) Knowing Their Place: How Location Makes A Difference in Young People’s Aspirations: A Report on a Longitudinal Study of Three British Communities. In: Education and Employers Taskforce Second Research Conference: Exploring Social Mobility and Delivery Mechanisms in International Perspective, University of Warwick, UK, 12 Oct 2011,

2010

Osborne, M., and Houston, M. (2010) Cultural and Creative Industries in the PURE Project. In: 4th Annual Conference of the University Network of the European Capitals of Culture, Pécs, Hungary, 14-15th October 2010,

Brennan, J., Edmunds, R., Houston, M., Jary, D., Lebeau, Y., Osborne, M., and Richardson, J. (2010) Improving What Is Learned At University: An Exploration Of The Social And Organisational Diversity Of University Education. Series: Improving learning TLRP. Routledge: London, UK. ISBN 9780415480154

Duffy, T., Houston, M., and Rimmer, R. (2010) Qualitative analysis of a self-administered motivational instrument: implications for students, teachers and researchers. In: European Learning Styles Information Network (ELSIN 2010), University of Aveiro, Portugal, 28-30 Jun 2010,

Houston, M., and Rimmer, R. (2010) School mathematics and university outcomes. In: Marr, C.M. and Grove, M.J. (eds.) Responding to the Mathematics Problem: The Implementation of Institutional Support Mechanisms. Maths, Stats and OR Network: St Andrews, UK, pp. 70-75. ISBN 9780955591464

2009

Brennan, J., Jary, D., and Houston, M. (2009) What else students learn at university. In: Brennan, J., Edmunds, R., Houston, M., Jary, D., Lebeau, Y., Osborne, M. and Richardson, J. (eds.) Improving what is learned at university: An exploration of the social and organisational diversity of university education. Routledge: London, pp. 135-156.

Brennan, J., Jary, D., Richardson, J., and Osborne, M. (2009) The social and organisational mediation of university learning. In: Brennan, J., Edmunds, R., Houston, M., Jary, D., Lebeau, Y., Osborne, M. and Richardson, J. (eds.) Improving What is Learned at University: An Exploration of the Social and Organisational Diversity of University Education. Routledge: London, pp. 17-30. ISBN 9780415480154

Brennan, J., Osborne, M., and Jary, D. (2009) The universities: cultures, organisations and reputations. In: Brennan, J., Edmunds, R., Houston, M., Jary, D., Lebeau, Y., Osborne, M. and Richardson, J. (eds.) Improving What is Learned at University: An Exploration of the Social and Organisational Diversity of University Education. Routledge: London, pp. 33-54. ISBN 9780415480154

Houston, M., Lebeau, Y., and Watkins, R. (2009) Imagined Transitions: social and organisational influences on the student life-cycle. In: Field, J., Gallagher, J. and Ingram, R. (eds.) Researching Transitions in Lifelong Learning. Routledge: London, pp. 146-160.

Jary, D., Edmunds, R., Houston, M., and Lebeau, Y. (2009) The subjects: Tribes and territories. In: Brennan, J., Edmunds, R., Houston, M., Jary, D., Lebeau, Y., Osborne, M. and Richardson, J. (eds.) Improving what is learned at university: An exploration of the social and organisational diversity of university education. Routledge: London, pp. 55-91.

Jary, D., Houston, M., and Lebeau, Y. (2009) The students: Backgrounds, lifestyles and forms of engagement. In: Brennan, J., Edmunds, R., Houston, M., Jary, D., Lebeau, Y., Osborne, M. and Richardson, J. (eds.) Improving what is learned at university: An exploration of the social and organisational diversity of university education. Routledge: London, pp. 119-134.

2008

Houston, M. (2008) Tracking transition: issues in asynchronous e-mail interviewing. Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 9(2), Art. 11.

Houston, M., (Ed.) (2008) The Teaching-Research Interface: Implications for Practice in HE and FE. ESCalate, University of Bristol: Bristol, UK. ISBN 9781905788811

Foster, J., Houston, M., and Madigan, C. (2008) Sectarianism, segregation and politics on Clydeside in the later nineteenth century. In: Mitchell, M.J. (ed.) New Perspectives on the Irish in Scotland. John Donald: Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9781904607830

Houston, M., and Lebeau, Y. (2008) Does teaching count? In: ESCalate Conference. The Teaching-Research Interface: Implications for Practice in HE and FE, Stirling, UK, 29-30 Apr 2008,

Houston, M., Reeves, A., and Rimmer, R. (2008) Learning dynamics in an ex-industrial region. In: 6th PASCAL Observatory Conference: Lifelong Learning's Role in Regional Development and Re-Generation, Limerick, Ireland, 28-30 May 2008,

Houston, M., and Rimmer, R. (2008) Institutional data, learning experiences and diversity. In: First Annual UK and Ireland Higher Education Institutional Research Conference: Exploring the Hinterlands: Mapping an Agenda for Institutional Research in the UK, Southampton, UK, 25-26 Jun 2008,

2007

Houston, M., Knox, H., and Rimmer, R. (2007) Wider access and progression among full-time students. Higher Education, 53(1), pp. 107-146. (doi:10.1007/s10734-005-3177-6)

Osborne, M., Houston, M. and Toman, N., (Eds.) (2007) The Pedagogy of Lifelong Learning: Understanding Effective Teaching and Learning in Diverse Contexts. Routledge: London, UK. ISBN 9780415424943

Doyle, L., Houston, M., and Osborne, M. (2007) Grading: A Review of National and International Issues. Project Report. Scottish Qualifications Authority.

Edmunds, R., Houston, M., and Watkins, R. (2007) The effects of social and organisational mediation on the student learning experience: an introduction to the SOMUL project. In: Osborne, M., Houston, M. and Toman, N. (eds.) The Pedagogy of Lifelong Learning: Understanding Effective Teaching and Learning in Diverse Contexts. Routledge: London, UK. ISBN 9780415424943

Houston, M. (2007) Tracking transition: issues in asynchronous e-mail- interviewing. In: The Times They are a Changin': Researching Transitions in Lifelong Learning, 4th CRLL International Conference, Stirling, UK, 22-24 Jun 2007,

Houston, M., and Rimmer, R. (2007) School mathematics and university outcomes. In: Addressing the Quantitative Skills Gap: Establishing and Sustaining Cross-Curricular Mathematical Support in Higher Education, St Andrews, UK, 25th – 27th Jun 2007,

Houston, M., and Rimmer, R. (2007) Transition from semester to semester and the life-work-study balance. In: The Times They are a Changin': Researching Transitions in Lifelong Learning, 4th CRLL International Conference, Stirling, UK, 22-24 Jun 2007,

Wallace, C., McKie, J., Houston, M., and Osborne, M. (2007) Assessment: a review in practice. Discussion Paper. Scottish Qualifications Authority.

2006

Houston, M., and Lebeau, Y. (2006) The Social Mediation of University Learning. Project Report. Higher Education Academy, York.

Houston, M., and Osborne, M. (2006) What is learned at university: the social and organisational mediation of university learning. In: TLRP Annual Conference, Glasgow, UK, Nov 2006,

Houston, M., and Osbourne, M. (2006) UCAS Data Analysis for Selected Subject of Interest to the NHS (2000-2004). Other. Widening Participation in Learning Strategy Unit (WPSU) of the NHS.

2005

Houston, M., Knox, H., McGillivray, A., and Rimmer, R. (2005) Gender and Attainment at Old and New Universities. In: 3rd CRLL International Conference, Stirling, UK, Jul 2005,

Houston, M., and Osborne, M. (2005) Applications and acceptances. In: From the Margins to the Mainstream Conference: Universities UK, Standing Conference of Principals, London, UK, Mar 2005,

Houston, M., and Rimmer, R. (2005) A comparison of academic outcomes for business and other students. International Journal of Management Education, 4(3), pp. 11-19.

Houston, M., and Wood, E. (2005) Biosciences: An Overview of Undergraduate Studies in the UK. Project Report. Open University, Milton Keynes.

Thomas, L., May, H., Harrop, H., Houston, M., Knox, H., Lee, M.F., Osborne, M., Pudner, H., and Trotman, C. (2005) From the Margins to the Mainstream: Embedding Widening Participation in Higher Education. Project Report. Universities UK/Standing Conference of Principals (SCOP).

2003

Houston, M. (2003) Access, retention & value-added project – an overview. In: Joseph Rowntree Jury Day, University of Paisley, UK, May 2003,

Houston, M. (2003) At-risk students: diagnosis and action. In: Student Well-being Conference, University of Glasgow, UK, Aug 2003,

Houston, M. (2003) Part-time students at Paisley [poster]. In: Part-Time Forum, University of Paisley, UK, Nov 2003,

Houston, M. (2003) Why do students leave, how do we recognise them and what can we do? In: Student Retention in Open and Distance Learning Symposium, Cambridge, UK, 27-28 May 2003,

Houston, M. (2003) The quality of data and modelling non-completion in HE [poster]. In: Scottish Higher Education Retention Forum (SHERF) Conference, Paisley, UK, Mar 2003,

Houston, M., Knox, H., and McGillivray, A. (2003) Access to Higher Education: Preparing for Success. Project Report. Lifelong Learning Research Group, Paisley.

Houston, M., Knox, H., and McGillivray, A. (2003) What works for adult learners? Credit-rated portfolio for Lifelong Learning. In: 12th Annual European Access Network (EAN) Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, 29 Jun - 02 Jul 2003,

Houston, M., Knox, H., and McGillivray, A. (2003) The search for quality: changing roles in a changing academic environment. In: Preston, D.S. (ed.) The Idea Of Education. Rodopi: Amsterdam, pp. 1-16.

Houston, M., Knox, H., and Rimmer, R. (2003) Progress and Performance. Other. Lifelong Learning Research Group, Paisley.

Houston, M., Knox, H., and Rimmer, R. (2003) Successful non-traditional students: longitudinal policy and practice. In: European Access Network (EAN) Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 5-7 Nov 2003,

Houston, M., and Rimmer, R. (2003) How attainment in education and training changes with age. In: Scottish Trade Union Research Network (STURN) Seminar, University of Paisley, UK, Mar 2003,

2002

Foster, J., Houston, M., Knox, H., and Rimmer, R. (2002) Performance and the transition to university. In: North Forum for Widening Participation in Higher Education, Aberdeen, UK, Jun 2002,

Foster, J., Houston, M., Knox, H., and Rimmer, R. (2002) Surviving First Year. Other. Lifelong Learning Research Group, Paisley.

Foster, J., Houston, M., and Madigan, C. (2002) Distinguishing Catholics and Protestants among Irish immigrants to Clydeside: a new approach to immigration and ethnicity in Victorian Britain. Irish Studies Review, 10(2), pp. 171-192. (doi:10.1080/09670880220148375)

Houston, M. (2002) Next steps at university. In: Scottish Network for Access and Participation (SNAP) Seminar, Edinburgh, UK, Jan 2002,

Houston, M. (2002) Why do students leave, and what can we do about it? In: 7th Student Well-being Conference, Glasgow, UK, Aug 2002,

Houston, M., Knox, H., and McGillivray, A. (2002) The search for quality: changing roles in a changing academic environment. In: At the Interface - ‘The Idea of Education’ Conference, Oxford, UK, Jul 2002,

Houston, M., and Rimmer, R. (2002) Age, gender and performance. In: Society for Research in Higher Education Conference, Glasgow, UK, Dec 2002,

Houston, M., and Rimmer, R. (2002) Survivors and non-survivors: who are they and how do they differ? In: Student Retention: Supporting Student Success Through Policy and Practice, Newcastle, UK, Apr 2002,

Houston, M., and Rimmer, R. (2002) The quality of data and modelling non-completion in HE [poster]. In: Society for Research in Higher Education Conference, Glasgow, UK, Dec 2002,

2001

Houston, M. (2001) Widening participation: first steps at university – a part-time credit-rated access module. In: Researching Widening Access: International Perspectives, 1st CRLL International Conference, Glasgow, UK, 29 Jun - 01 Jul 2001,

Houston, M. (2001) Widening participation: first steps at university – a part-time credit-rated access module. In: Proceedings of the First International CRLL Conference, Researching Widening Access: International Perspectives Glasgow, UK, 29th Jun-1st Jul 2001. Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning.

2000

Houston, M. (2000) First steps at university: widening participation and combating social exclusion? In: 5th Student Well-being Conference, University of Glasgow, UK, Aug 2000,

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Number of items: 77.

Articles

Houston, M., Osborne, M., and Rimmer, R. (2015) Private schooling and entry to medicine: a case study using matched samples and causal mediation analysis. BMC Medical Education, 15, 136. (doi:10.1186/s12909-015-0415-1)

Kintrea, K., St Clair, R., and Houston, M. (2015) Shaped by place? Young people’s aspirations in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Journal of Youth Studies, 18(5), pp. 666-684. (doi:10.1080/13676261.2014.992315)

Mwaikokesya, M. J.D., Osborne, M., and Houston, M. (2014) Mapping lifelong learning attributes in the context of higher education institutions. Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, 20(2), pp. 21-36. (doi:10.7227/JACE.20.2.3)

Krüger, K., Parellada Laur, M., Osborne, M., Houston, M., Molas, A., and Jiménez, L. (2014) The relevance of university adult education for labour market policies. Revista Internacional de Organizaciones, 12, pp. 45-69.

St. Clair, R., Kintrea, K., and Houston, M. (2013) Silver bullet or red herring? New evidence on the place of aspirations in education. Oxford Review of Education, 39(6), pp. 719-738. (doi:10.1080/03054985.2013.854201)

Duffy, T., Houston, M., and Rimmer, R. (2012) Qualitative analysis of a self administered motivational instrument (SAMI): promoting self-feedback, self-efficacy and self-regulated learning. Reflecting Education, 8(1), pp. 32-56.

Houston, M., Lumsden, M.A., and Osborne, M. (2012) The Working in Health Access Programme (WHAP): impact on school leaving exam results and applications to Medicine.

Foster, J., Houston, M., and Madigan, C. (2011) Irish immigrants in Scotland's shipyards and coalfields: employment relations, sectarianism and class formation. Historical Research, 84(226), pp. 657-692. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-2281.2010.00554.x)

Houston, M. (2008) Tracking transition: issues in asynchronous e-mail interviewing. Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 9(2), Art. 11.

Houston, M., Knox, H., and Rimmer, R. (2007) Wider access and progression among full-time students. Higher Education, 53(1), pp. 107-146. (doi:10.1007/s10734-005-3177-6)

Houston, M., and Rimmer, R. (2005) A comparison of academic outcomes for business and other students. International Journal of Management Education, 4(3), pp. 11-19.

Foster, J., Houston, M., and Madigan, C. (2002) Distinguishing Catholics and Protestants among Irish immigrants to Clydeside: a new approach to immigration and ethnicity in Victorian Britain. Irish Studies Review, 10(2), pp. 171-192. (doi:10.1080/09670880220148375)

Books

Krüger, K., Parellada, M., Alvarez, M., Houston, M., and Osborne, M. (2013) Core Dimensions of Social Effectiveness in University Adult Education. Fundación Conocimiento y Desarrollo: Barcelona.

Eckert, T., Preisinger-Kleine, R., Fartusnic, C., Houston, M., Juceviciene, P., Dillon, B., Nemeth, B., Kleisz, T., Ceseviciute, I., Thinesse-Demel, J., Osborne, M., and Wallin, E. (2012) Quality in Developing Learning Cities and Regions: A Guide for Practitioners and Stakeholders. Ludwig Maximilian University: Munich, Germany. ISBN 9783000373336

Brennan, J., Edmunds, R., Houston, M., Jary, D., Lebeau, Y., Osborne, M., and Richardson, J. (2010) Improving What Is Learned At University: An Exploration Of The Social And Organisational Diversity Of University Education. Series: Improving learning TLRP. Routledge: London, UK. ISBN 9780415480154

Book Sections

Osborne, M., Rimmer, R., and Houston, M. (2015) Adult access to higher education: an international overview. In: Yang, J., Schneller, C. and Roche, S. (eds.) The Role of Higher Education in Promoting Lifelong Learning. Series: UIL Series on Lifelong Learning Policies and Strategies (3). UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning: Hamburg, pp. 17-39. ISBN 9789282011942

St Clair, R., Kintrea, K., and Houston, M. (2014) Local labour markets: what effects do they have on the aspirations of young people? In: Mann, A., Stanley, J. and Archer, L. (eds.) Understanding Employer Engagement in Education: Theories and Evidence. Routledge: London, pp. 114-126. ISBN 9780415823463

Osborne, M., and Houston, M. (2012) United Kingdom – Universities and lifelong learning in the UK – adults as losers, but who are the winners? In: Slowey, M. and Schuetze, H. (eds.) Global Perspectives on HE and Lifelong Learners. Routledge. ISBN 9780415675079

Houston, M., and Rimmer, R. (2010) School mathematics and university outcomes. In: Marr, C.M. and Grove, M.J. (eds.) Responding to the Mathematics Problem: The Implementation of Institutional Support Mechanisms. Maths, Stats and OR Network: St Andrews, UK, pp. 70-75. ISBN 9780955591464

Brennan, J., Jary, D., and Houston, M. (2009) What else students learn at university. In: Brennan, J., Edmunds, R., Houston, M., Jary, D., Lebeau, Y., Osborne, M. and Richardson, J. (eds.) Improving what is learned at university: An exploration of the social and organisational diversity of university education. Routledge: London, pp. 135-156.

Brennan, J., Jary, D., Richardson, J., and Osborne, M. (2009) The social and organisational mediation of university learning. In: Brennan, J., Edmunds, R., Houston, M., Jary, D., Lebeau, Y., Osborne, M. and Richardson, J. (eds.) Improving What is Learned at University: An Exploration of the Social and Organisational Diversity of University Education. Routledge: London, pp. 17-30. ISBN 9780415480154

Brennan, J., Osborne, M., and Jary, D. (2009) The universities: cultures, organisations and reputations. In: Brennan, J., Edmunds, R., Houston, M., Jary, D., Lebeau, Y., Osborne, M. and Richardson, J. (eds.) Improving What is Learned at University: An Exploration of the Social and Organisational Diversity of University Education. Routledge: London, pp. 33-54. ISBN 9780415480154

Houston, M., Lebeau, Y., and Watkins, R. (2009) Imagined Transitions: social and organisational influences on the student life-cycle. In: Field, J., Gallagher, J. and Ingram, R. (eds.) Researching Transitions in Lifelong Learning. Routledge: London, pp. 146-160.

Jary, D., Edmunds, R., Houston, M., and Lebeau, Y. (2009) The subjects: Tribes and territories. In: Brennan, J., Edmunds, R., Houston, M., Jary, D., Lebeau, Y., Osborne, M. and Richardson, J. (eds.) Improving what is learned at university: An exploration of the social and organisational diversity of university education. Routledge: London, pp. 55-91.

Jary, D., Houston, M., and Lebeau, Y. (2009) The students: Backgrounds, lifestyles and forms of engagement. In: Brennan, J., Edmunds, R., Houston, M., Jary, D., Lebeau, Y., Osborne, M. and Richardson, J. (eds.) Improving what is learned at university: An exploration of the social and organisational diversity of university education. Routledge: London, pp. 119-134.

Foster, J., Houston, M., and Madigan, C. (2008) Sectarianism, segregation and politics on Clydeside in the later nineteenth century. In: Mitchell, M.J. (ed.) New Perspectives on the Irish in Scotland. John Donald: Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9781904607830

Edmunds, R., Houston, M., and Watkins, R. (2007) The effects of social and organisational mediation on the student learning experience: an introduction to the SOMUL project. In: Osborne, M., Houston, M. and Toman, N. (eds.) The Pedagogy of Lifelong Learning: Understanding Effective Teaching and Learning in Diverse Contexts. Routledge: London, UK. ISBN 9780415424943

Houston, M., Knox, H., and McGillivray, A. (2003) The search for quality: changing roles in a changing academic environment. In: Preston, D.S. (ed.) The Idea Of Education. Rodopi: Amsterdam, pp. 1-16.

Houston, M. (2001) Widening participation: first steps at university – a part-time credit-rated access module. In: Proceedings of the First International CRLL Conference, Researching Widening Access: International Perspectives Glasgow, UK, 29th Jun-1st Jul 2001. Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning.

Edited Books

Houston, M., (Ed.) (2008) The Teaching-Research Interface: Implications for Practice in HE and FE. ESCalate, University of Bristol: Bristol, UK. ISBN 9781905788811

Osborne, M., Houston, M. and Toman, N., (Eds.) (2007) The Pedagogy of Lifelong Learning: Understanding Effective Teaching and Learning in Diverse Contexts. Routledge: London, UK. ISBN 9780415424943

Research Reports or Papers

Krüger, K. et al. (2014) Social Effectiveness of Tertiary Education for Adults in Mid-life. Project Report. Fundación Conocimiento y Desarrollo, Barcelona.

Houston, M., and Osborne, M. (2013) Tertiary Higher Education for People in Mid-life (THEMP) National Report of Case Studies UK: Scotland. THEMP Discussion Paper 7.6. Project Report. Fundación Conocimiento y Desarrollo, Barcelona.

Houston, M., and Osborne, M. (2013) Teaching and Learning in University Lifelong Learning for People in Mid-Life: THEMP Discussion Paper 6.1. Project Report. Fundación Conocimiento y Desarrollo, Barcelona.

Kintrea, K., St.Clair, R., and Houston, M. (2011) The influence of parents, places and poverty on educational attitudes and aspirations. Project Report. Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York.

Houston, M., McCune, V., and Osborne, M. (2011) Flexible learning and its contribution to widening participation: a synthesis of research. Project Report. Higher Education Academy.

Doyle, L., Houston, M., and Osborne, M. (2007) Grading: A Review of National and International Issues. Project Report. Scottish Qualifications Authority.

Wallace, C., McKie, J., Houston, M., and Osborne, M. (2007) Assessment: a review in practice. Discussion Paper. Scottish Qualifications Authority.

Houston, M., and Lebeau, Y. (2006) The Social Mediation of University Learning. Project Report. Higher Education Academy, York.

Houston, M., and Osbourne, M. (2006) UCAS Data Analysis for Selected Subject of Interest to the NHS (2000-2004). Other. Widening Participation in Learning Strategy Unit (WPSU) of the NHS.

Houston, M., and Wood, E. (2005) Biosciences: An Overview of Undergraduate Studies in the UK. Project Report. Open University, Milton Keynes.

Thomas, L., May, H., Harrop, H., Houston, M., Knox, H., Lee, M.F., Osborne, M., Pudner, H., and Trotman, C. (2005) From the Margins to the Mainstream: Embedding Widening Participation in Higher Education. Project Report. Universities UK/Standing Conference of Principals (SCOP).

Houston, M., Knox, H., and McGillivray, A. (2003) Access to Higher Education: Preparing for Success. Project Report. Lifelong Learning Research Group, Paisley.

Houston, M., Knox, H., and Rimmer, R. (2003) Progress and Performance. Other. Lifelong Learning Research Group, Paisley.

Foster, J., Houston, M., Knox, H., and Rimmer, R. (2002) Surviving First Year. Other. Lifelong Learning Research Group, Paisley.

Conference Proceedings

Eckert, T., Houston, M., and Presinger-Kline, R. (2011) The R3L+ project. In: EUROlocal Conference/Workshop 2011, Murten, Switzerland, 27-29 Oct 2011,

Houston, M., and Osborne, M. (2011) Effective partnerships in the development of learning city/regions at both macro and micro levels: a case study approach. In: FACE 2011 Annual Conference: Lifelong Learning and Community Development, Glasgow, UK, 29 Jun - 01 Jul 2011,

Houston, M., and Rimmer, R. (2011) Simultaneity in student decision making and institutional data. In: Fourth Annual UK and Ireland Higher Education Institutional Research Conference, Kingston Upon Thames, UK, 16-17 Jun 2011,

Kintrea, K., St Clair, R., and Houston, M. (2011) Knowing Their Place: How Location Makes A Difference in Young People’s Aspirations: A Report on a Longitudinal Study of Three British Communities. In: Education and Employers Taskforce Second Research Conference: Exploring Social Mobility and Delivery Mechanisms in International Perspective, University of Warwick, UK, 12 Oct 2011,

Osborne, M., and Houston, M. (2010) Cultural and Creative Industries in the PURE Project. In: 4th Annual Conference of the University Network of the European Capitals of Culture, Pécs, Hungary, 14-15th October 2010,

Duffy, T., Houston, M., and Rimmer, R. (2010) Qualitative analysis of a self-administered motivational instrument: implications for students, teachers and researchers. In: European Learning Styles Information Network (ELSIN 2010), University of Aveiro, Portugal, 28-30 Jun 2010,

Houston, M., and Lebeau, Y. (2008) Does teaching count? In: ESCalate Conference. The Teaching-Research Interface: Implications for Practice in HE and FE, Stirling, UK, 29-30 Apr 2008,

Houston, M., Reeves, A., and Rimmer, R. (2008) Learning dynamics in an ex-industrial region. In: 6th PASCAL Observatory Conference: Lifelong Learning's Role in Regional Development and Re-Generation, Limerick, Ireland, 28-30 May 2008,

Houston, M., and Rimmer, R. (2008) Institutional data, learning experiences and diversity. In: First Annual UK and Ireland Higher Education Institutional Research Conference: Exploring the Hinterlands: Mapping an Agenda for Institutional Research in the UK, Southampton, UK, 25-26 Jun 2008,

Houston, M. (2007) Tracking transition: issues in asynchronous e-mail- interviewing. In: The Times They are a Changin': Researching Transitions in Lifelong Learning, 4th CRLL International Conference, Stirling, UK, 22-24 Jun 2007,

Houston, M., and Rimmer, R. (2007) School mathematics and university outcomes. In: Addressing the Quantitative Skills Gap: Establishing and Sustaining Cross-Curricular Mathematical Support in Higher Education, St Andrews, UK, 25th – 27th Jun 2007,

Houston, M., and Rimmer, R. (2007) Transition from semester to semester and the life-work-study balance. In: The Times They are a Changin': Researching Transitions in Lifelong Learning, 4th CRLL International Conference, Stirling, UK, 22-24 Jun 2007,

Houston, M., and Osborne, M. (2006) What is learned at university: the social and organisational mediation of university learning. In: TLRP Annual Conference, Glasgow, UK, Nov 2006,

Houston, M., Knox, H., McGillivray, A., and Rimmer, R. (2005) Gender and Attainment at Old and New Universities. In: 3rd CRLL International Conference, Stirling, UK, Jul 2005,

Houston, M., and Osborne, M. (2005) Applications and acceptances. In: From the Margins to the Mainstream Conference: Universities UK, Standing Conference of Principals, London, UK, Mar 2005,

Houston, M. (2003) Access, retention & value-added project – an overview. In: Joseph Rowntree Jury Day, University of Paisley, UK, May 2003,

Houston, M. (2003) At-risk students: diagnosis and action. In: Student Well-being Conference, University of Glasgow, UK, Aug 2003,

Houston, M. (2003) Part-time students at Paisley [poster]. In: Part-Time Forum, University of Paisley, UK, Nov 2003,

Houston, M. (2003) Why do students leave, how do we recognise them and what can we do? In: Student Retention in Open and Distance Learning Symposium, Cambridge, UK, 27-28 May 2003,

Houston, M. (2003) The quality of data and modelling non-completion in HE [poster]. In: Scottish Higher Education Retention Forum (SHERF) Conference, Paisley, UK, Mar 2003,

Houston, M., Knox, H., and McGillivray, A. (2003) What works for adult learners? Credit-rated portfolio for Lifelong Learning. In: 12th Annual European Access Network (EAN) Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, 29 Jun - 02 Jul 2003,

Houston, M., Knox, H., and Rimmer, R. (2003) Successful non-traditional students: longitudinal policy and practice. In: European Access Network (EAN) Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 5-7 Nov 2003,

Houston, M., and Rimmer, R. (2003) How attainment in education and training changes with age. In: Scottish Trade Union Research Network (STURN) Seminar, University of Paisley, UK, Mar 2003,

Foster, J., Houston, M., Knox, H., and Rimmer, R. (2002) Performance and the transition to university. In: North Forum for Widening Participation in Higher Education, Aberdeen, UK, Jun 2002,

Houston, M. (2002) Next steps at university. In: Scottish Network for Access and Participation (SNAP) Seminar, Edinburgh, UK, Jan 2002,

Houston, M. (2002) Why do students leave, and what can we do about it? In: 7th Student Well-being Conference, Glasgow, UK, Aug 2002,

Houston, M., Knox, H., and McGillivray, A. (2002) The search for quality: changing roles in a changing academic environment. In: At the Interface - ‘The Idea of Education’ Conference, Oxford, UK, Jul 2002,

Houston, M., and Rimmer, R. (2002) Age, gender and performance. In: Society for Research in Higher Education Conference, Glasgow, UK, Dec 2002,

Houston, M., and Rimmer, R. (2002) Survivors and non-survivors: who are they and how do they differ? In: Student Retention: Supporting Student Success Through Policy and Practice, Newcastle, UK, Apr 2002,

Houston, M., and Rimmer, R. (2002) The quality of data and modelling non-completion in HE [poster]. In: Society for Research in Higher Education Conference, Glasgow, UK, Dec 2002,

Houston, M. (2001) Widening participation: first steps at university – a part-time credit-rated access module. In: Researching Widening Access: International Perspectives, 1st CRLL International Conference, Glasgow, UK, 29 Jun - 01 Jul 2001,

Houston, M. (2000) First steps at university: widening participation and combating social exclusion? In: 5th Student Well-being Conference, University of Glasgow, UK, Aug 2000,

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