Dr Michael McEwan

  • Senior Academic and Digital Development Adviser (University Lecturer) (Learning Enhancement & Academic Development Service)

telephone: 0141 330 6244
email: Michael.Mcewan@glasgow.ac.uk

Learning & Teaching Centre, University of Glasgow

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3562-9963

Research interests

BSc (Hons), MEd, PhD, SFHEA

Research Interests

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.

 

Recent Presentations

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.

Publications

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Number of items: 28.

2021

Dale, V. H.M., McEwan, M. P. and Bohan, J. (2021) Early adopters versus the majority: characteristics and implications for academic development and institutional change. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 9(2), pp. 54-67. (doi: 10.14297/jpaap.v9i2.483)

Dale, V., McEwan, M. and Bohan, J. (2021) Early adopters versus the majority: Characteristics and implications for academic development and institutional change. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 9(2), pp. 54-67. (doi: 10.14297/jpaap.v9i2.483)

2020

McEwan, M. and Tasler, N. (2020) SoTLcast Podcast: SoTL and the University. [Audio]

McEwan, M. P. (2020) The Journey to SoTL: Institutionally Supporting a transition to Scholars of Teaching and Learning. QAA Scotland's 5th International Enhancement Conference 2020, Glasgow, UK, 3-5 Nov 2020.

Bock, M., Alexander, C. , Jack, E. and McEwan, M. (2020) Study Design & Quantitative Analysis in Learning and Teaching Scholarship: Case Study Exploring Student Attitudes to Introductory Statistics. 13th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference, Glasgow, UK, 25 Aug 2020.

McEwan, M. , Scataglini Belghitar, G. and Tan, J. (2020) Careers in teaching—some options. London Mathematical Society Newsletter, 487, pp. 41-42.

2019

Wilson, A. and McEwan, M. (2019) Playfulness in Higher Education. Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship Conference, Edinburgh, UK, 18-19 Jul 2019.

Wilson, A. and McEwan, M. (2019) Embedding Play in Mathematics: Building an Evidence Base. Playful Learning 2019, Leicester, UK, 10-12 Jul 2019.

Wilson, A. and McEwan, M. (2019) Embedding Play in Higher Education: Building an Evidence Base. 12th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference, Glasgow, UK, 2-3 Apr 2019.

2017

Dickie, J., Bissell, V., Dawson, L. and McEwan, M. (2017) The relationship between longitudinal performance and competence: a pilot study. ADEE/ADEA Meeting: London, UK, London, UK, 08-09 May 2017.

Labrosse, N. et al. (2017) Preparing for the Journey: Supporting Students to Make Successful Transitions Into and Out of Taught Postgraduate Study. 10th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference, Glasgow, UK, 30 Mar 2017.

McEwan, M. P. and Sneddon, P. H. (2017) How Can I Enhance Anything if I Don't Have Enough Teachers? 10th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference, Glasgow, UK, 30 Mar 2017.

Bownes, J. et al. (2017) Supporting students in the transition to postgraduate taught study in STEM subjects. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 5(2), pp. 3-11. (doi: 10.14297/jpaap.v5i2.280)

McEwan, M. P. (2017) The essay as a lens on transition to university: student and staff perceptions of essay writing. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 29(3), pp. 511-523.

2016

Fischbacher-Smith, M., MacVicar, A., Adekola, J. , McEwan, M. , Cheng, M., Dendrinos, P., Pringle Barnes, G., Milner, M. and Kerr, J. (2016) Supporting Student Transition from Glasgow International College. In: University of Glasgow 8th Annual Learning & Teaching Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, 14 Apr 2015, (Unpublished)

2015

Jaap, A. and McEwan, M. (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,

Fischbacher-Smith, M., MacVicar, A., McEwan, M. , Cheng, M., Dendrinos, P., Adekola, J. , Pringle Barnes, G., Kerr, J. and Milner, M. (2015) Supporting international students' transition from pathway programmes: a study of the University of Glasgow. In: International Enhancement Themes Conference: Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education, Glasgow, Scotland, 11-13 Jun 2013,

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, Glasgow, Scotland, 11-13 Jun 2015,

2014

Dendrinos, P., Fischbacher-Smith, M., Milner, M., MacVicar, A., McEwan, M. , Cheng, M., Pringle Barnes, G., Dudau, A. , Kerr, J. and Adekola, J. (2014) Supporting GIC Students’ Transition to Year 2 on the MA Social Sciences: Acculturation Strategies, Social Media and Mentoring. In: Eighth Annual Foundation Year Network Conference, Loughborough University, UK, 10-11 Jul 2014,

2013

McEwan, M. and Sykes, A. (2013) Investigating Academic Cultural Differences in an International Classroom. Internationalisation Conference, Glasgow, UK, 14 Nov 2013.

McEwan, M. (2013) Investigating academic cultural differences in an international classroom. In: International Enhancement Themes Conference: Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education, Glasgow, UK, 11-13 Jun 2013, pp. 185-194.

2012

McEwan, M. (2012) Evaluating and enhancing the feedback process: an international college case study. Practice and Evidence of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 7(1), pp. 79-95.

2010

MacLeod, N. A. and McEwan, M. P. (2010) The mathematical attainment of international students studying foundation science and engineering programmes: challenges and strategies. InForm: A Journal for International Foundation Programme Professionals, 5, pp. 11-13.

2008

McEwan, M.P. , Diaz, A.J. and Roberts, B. (2008) Analytical determination of coronal parameters using the period ratio P1/2P2. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 481(3), pp. 819-825. (doi: 10.1051/0004-6361:20078016)

2007

McEwan, M.P. and Diaz, A.J. (2007) Effect of gravity on the fast modes of a horizontal coronal slab. Solar Physics, 246(1), pp. 243-257. (doi: 10.1007/s11207-007-0395-3)

2006

McEwan, M.P. , Donnelly, G.R., Diaz, A.J. and Roberts, B. (2006) On the period ratio P1/2P2 in the oscillations of coronal loops. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 460(3), pp. 893-899. (doi: 10.1051/0004-6361:20065313)

McEwan, M. (2006) On the Period Ratio P1/(2*P2) in the Oscillations of Coronal Loops. UKMHD Conference, University of St Andrews, Scotland, 08 Jun 2006.

McEwan, M. and De Moortel, I. (2006) Longitudinal intensity oscillations observed with TRACE: evidence of fine-scale structure. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 448(2), pp. 763-770. (doi: 10.1051/0004-6361:20054041)

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Number of items: 28.

Articles

Dale, V. H.M., McEwan, M. P. and Bohan, J. (2021) Early adopters versus the majority: characteristics and implications for academic development and institutional change. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 9(2), pp. 54-67. (doi: 10.14297/jpaap.v9i2.483)

Dale, V., McEwan, M. and Bohan, J. (2021) Early adopters versus the majority: Characteristics and implications for academic development and institutional change. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 9(2), pp. 54-67. (doi: 10.14297/jpaap.v9i2.483)

McEwan, M. , Scataglini Belghitar, G. and Tan, J. (2020) Careers in teaching—some options. London Mathematical Society Newsletter, 487, pp. 41-42.

Bownes, J. et al. (2017) Supporting students in the transition to postgraduate taught study in STEM subjects. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 5(2), pp. 3-11. (doi: 10.14297/jpaap.v5i2.280)

McEwan, M. P. (2017) The essay as a lens on transition to university: student and staff perceptions of essay writing. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 29(3), pp. 511-523.

McEwan, M. (2012) Evaluating and enhancing the feedback process: an international college case study. Practice and Evidence of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 7(1), pp. 79-95.

MacLeod, N. A. and McEwan, M. P. (2010) The mathematical attainment of international students studying foundation science and engineering programmes: challenges and strategies. InForm: A Journal for International Foundation Programme Professionals, 5, pp. 11-13.

McEwan, M.P. , Diaz, A.J. and Roberts, B. (2008) Analytical determination of coronal parameters using the period ratio P1/2P2. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 481(3), pp. 819-825. (doi: 10.1051/0004-6361:20078016)

McEwan, M.P. and Diaz, A.J. (2007) Effect of gravity on the fast modes of a horizontal coronal slab. Solar Physics, 246(1), pp. 243-257. (doi: 10.1007/s11207-007-0395-3)

McEwan, M.P. , Donnelly, G.R., Diaz, A.J. and Roberts, B. (2006) On the period ratio P1/2P2 in the oscillations of coronal loops. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 460(3), pp. 893-899. (doi: 10.1051/0004-6361:20065313)

McEwan, M. and De Moortel, I. (2006) Longitudinal intensity oscillations observed with TRACE: evidence of fine-scale structure. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 448(2), pp. 763-770. (doi: 10.1051/0004-6361:20054041)

Conference or Workshop Item

McEwan, M. P. (2020) The Journey to SoTL: Institutionally Supporting a transition to Scholars of Teaching and Learning. QAA Scotland's 5th International Enhancement Conference 2020, Glasgow, UK, 3-5 Nov 2020.

Bock, M., Alexander, C. , Jack, E. and McEwan, M. (2020) Study Design & Quantitative Analysis in Learning and Teaching Scholarship: Case Study Exploring Student Attitudes to Introductory Statistics. 13th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference, Glasgow, UK, 25 Aug 2020.

Wilson, A. and McEwan, M. (2019) Playfulness in Higher Education. Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship Conference, Edinburgh, UK, 18-19 Jul 2019.

Wilson, A. and McEwan, M. (2019) Embedding Play in Mathematics: Building an Evidence Base. Playful Learning 2019, Leicester, UK, 10-12 Jul 2019.

Wilson, A. and McEwan, M. (2019) Embedding Play in Higher Education: Building an Evidence Base. 12th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference, Glasgow, UK, 2-3 Apr 2019.

Dickie, J., Bissell, V., Dawson, L. and McEwan, M. (2017) The relationship between longitudinal performance and competence: a pilot study. ADEE/ADEA Meeting: London, UK, London, UK, 08-09 May 2017.

Labrosse, N. et al. (2017) Preparing for the Journey: Supporting Students to Make Successful Transitions Into and Out of Taught Postgraduate Study. 10th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference, Glasgow, UK, 30 Mar 2017.

McEwan, M. P. and Sneddon, P. H. (2017) How Can I Enhance Anything if I Don't Have Enough Teachers? 10th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference, Glasgow, UK, 30 Mar 2017.

McEwan, M. and Sykes, A. (2013) Investigating Academic Cultural Differences in an International Classroom. Internationalisation Conference, Glasgow, UK, 14 Nov 2013.

McEwan, M. (2006) On the Period Ratio P1/(2*P2) in the Oscillations of Coronal Loops. UKMHD Conference, University of St Andrews, Scotland, 08 Jun 2006.

Conference Proceedings

Fischbacher-Smith, M., MacVicar, A., Adekola, J. , McEwan, M. , Cheng, M., Dendrinos, P., Pringle Barnes, G., Milner, M. and Kerr, J. (2016) Supporting Student Transition from Glasgow International College. In: University of Glasgow 8th Annual Learning & Teaching Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, 14 Apr 2015, (Unpublished)

Jaap, A. and McEwan, M. (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,

Fischbacher-Smith, M., MacVicar, A., McEwan, M. , Cheng, M., Dendrinos, P., Adekola, J. , Pringle Barnes, G., Kerr, J. and Milner, M. (2015) Supporting international students' transition from pathway programmes: a study of the University of Glasgow. In: International Enhancement Themes Conference: Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education, Glasgow, Scotland, 11-13 Jun 2013,

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, Glasgow, Scotland, 11-13 Jun 2015,

Dendrinos, P., Fischbacher-Smith, M., Milner, M., MacVicar, A., McEwan, M. , Cheng, M., Pringle Barnes, G., Dudau, A. , Kerr, J. and Adekola, J. (2014) Supporting GIC Students’ Transition to Year 2 on the MA Social Sciences: Acculturation Strategies, Social Media and Mentoring. In: Eighth Annual Foundation Year Network Conference, Loughborough University, UK, 10-11 Jul 2014,

McEwan, M. (2013) Investigating academic cultural differences in an international classroom. In: International Enhancement Themes Conference: Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education, Glasgow, UK, 11-13 Jun 2013, pp. 185-194.

Audio

McEwan, M. and Tasler, N. (2020) SoTLcast Podcast: SoTL and the University. [Audio]

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Grants

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)

Teaching

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.

Additional information

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.

 

Recognition

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.