Dr Michael McEwan
- Senior Academic and Digital Development Adviser (University Lecturer) (Learning Enhancement & Academic Development Service)
BSc (Hons), MEd, PhD, SFHEA
My background is in applied mathematics and theoretical physics, and much of my early career was devoted to research in mathematically modelling solar phenomena such as coronal loop oscillations. More recently I taught physics, mathematics and statistics to international pathway students at Glasgow International College which is where my interests in learning and teaching developed.
My main research interests focus on the international student learning experience in UK Higher Education, but I am also interested in the student transition to UK HE more generally as well as issues around the academic transition to teaching roles. I have presented papers and talks on the topics of best practice for formative feedback for international students and cultural differences in an international classroom. I am also interested in developing an understanding of academic norms related to assessments, for example student and teacher notions of essays and lab reports, and how differences in student and teacher conceptions can impact on student outcomes. If you are interested in any of my research areas then please get in touch.
McEwan, M.P. (2016) Student and Teacher Expectations and Perceptions of Academic Writing: essays and lab reports. Invited presentation, University of Dundee, 27th January, Dundee.
McEwan, M.P. (2015) Transitions to Glasgow University. Invited presentation, 7th Glasgow International College Staff Conference, 28th August, Glasgow.
Jaap, A. & McEwan, M.P. (2015) Developing as a Teacher: supporting GTAs in their transition into teaching. In: Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship Conference, Durham, England, 16-17 Jul 2015.
McEwan, M.P. (2015). Understanding Student Transition to University: the expectations of essay writing for students and staff. In: International Enhancement Themes Conference: Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education, 9 – 11 June 2015, Glasgow, UK.
McEwan, M.P. & Sykes, A. (2013) Investigating Academic Cultural Differences in a Multicultural Classroom. Workshop. 2nd University of Glasgow Internationalisation Conference, 14 November, Glasgow.
McEwan, M.P. (2013) Cultural Differences in the Classroom: the impact of culture on teaching and learning. Paper presentation. QAA Enhancement Themes Conference, 11 - 13 June, Glasgow.
McEwan, M.P. (2013) Bridging Programme at GIC: targetted enhancement. Paper presentation. 4th Glasgow International College Staff Conference, 2 May, Glasgow.
McEwan, M.P. (2012) Cultural Differences in the Classroom: the impact of culture on teaching and learning. Paper presentation. 3rd Glasgow International College Staff Conference, 4 May, Glasgow.
McEwan, M.P. & MacLeod, N.A. (2009) Developing Science and Engineering Curricula for International Students. Workshop. 1st Glasgow International College Staff Conference, 8 May, Glasgow.
Institutionally Funded Projects
- Project Lead Learning and Teaching Development Fund: You Call That a Lab Report? (2014-15) (£4,562)
- Project Lead Researcher Development Committee Funding: Redesigning 'Developing as a Teacher' (2014) (£2,000)
I coordinate the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PgCAP) which includes the Teaching and Supervision Courses (TSC). The PgCAP and TSC are Masters level programmes designed to enhance learning and teaching practice offered to all new academic staff at the University of Glasgow. My PgCAP teaching varies annually, but typically involves the following units on Course 1:
- Learning and Teaching in Higher Education;
- Small Group Teaching; and
- Using Evidence to Enhance your Teaching.
I also take several 'peer groups' each year that aim to support PgCAP participants through the programme as well as undertaking a significant proportion of the teaching observations that form one element of the PgCAP Course 1 requirements. I also teach on two courses offered in the second year as part of the PgCAP programme namely 'Engaging with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning' and 'Assessment and Feedback in Higher Education'. Furthermore, I teach aspects of research methods and research design on the MEd in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and I supervise dissertations in the same regard.
In addition to teaching a significant aspect of my role involves providing support for subject areas undergoing Periodic Subject Review each year, as well as membership of Periodic Subject Review Panels. I also support the implementation of several recommendations that arise from the review process. I offer support (and am involved with) a range of LTDF projects each year, as well as supporting scholarly outputs from such projects where appropriate. I have membership of a number of University committees and working groups including the Researcher Development Committee and the ECDP Sub-Group.
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.