Dr Andrew Struan
- Writing and Study Skills Co-ordinator (Learning Enhancement & Academic Development Service)
- Honorary Research Associate (School of Critical Studies)
My research interests lie around two main areas of investigation: student academic literacies and British political history. I have spoken and published widely on the development of students' capacities in writing and research. This has included publications on enhancing students' academic writing, utilising active and blended teaching methods in large-scale courses, and promoting undergraduate student researcher abilities. I am particularly interested in the ways in which online, blended and active pedagogies can foster student engagement with practical skills development and understanding of approaches to research methods and methodologies.
In British political history, I investigate political speech in Westminster in the early-modern and modern periods. I utilise the vast resources of the Historical Thesaurus of English and the Hansard Corpus 1803-2003 (both created at Glasgow) to investigate, analyse and interpret the changes in political language and speech. I have published work on linguistic and political change in English, and on the ways language use in Parliamentary debates shapes our understanding of political realities. I also work in the period of British politics at the time of the American Revolution; utilising newly discovered networks of knowledge and patronage across the Atlantic - linking British politicians in London with their American sources of knowledge - I investigate the ways in which the American Revolution was framed in Britain.
Learning and Teaching Development Fund (LTDF), University of Glasgow (2019)
Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies Fellowship (2009)
Professional activities & recognition
Prizes, awards & distinctions
- 2018: Academic Support Team of the Year 2018 - LEADS for Students (Herald Higher Education Awards)
I am an Advisory Board Member of the Historical Thesaurus of English. I am co-Chair of ScotHELD, the association for Scottish Higher Education Learning Developers, and sit on the Steering Group of the International Consortium of Academic Language and Learning Developers (ICALLD). I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Recognising Excellence in Teaching (RET) framework.