Projects & Partnerships

As part of our commitment to developing excellence in learning, teaching and assessment, we work with professionals from multiple and diverse educational practice backgrounds to develop local and embedded approaches that make a tangible difference to the life chances of learners from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Read about some of our projects and partnerships, or see below for a comprehensive list.

The West Partnership

Since its creation in 2017, the Robert Owen Centre team has collaborated with the West Partnership Regional Improvement Collaborative (RIC). The RIC brings together eight Scottish local authorities and serves 35% of Scotland’s children in more than 1,000 educational establishments, encompassing three of Scotland’s SIMD highest deprived zones, Glasgow (45.4%), Inverclyde (44.7%) and West Dunbartonshire (39.7%).

It is a mutually beneficial collaboration that generates new knowledge and research insights while supporting the development of a more equitable education system.

The university’s contribution includes: external evaluation of the West Partnership’s reach and engagement; assistance with collaborative action research and network formation; and Strategic support to the lead director and the West Partnership Board.

Partnership with Dundee City Council

The Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change and Dundee City Council have a Research-Practice Partnership to transform education in the city by addressing the barriers to learning. so that all can achieve irrespective of their circumstances.

'Every Dundee Learner Matters' is Dundee’s educational improvement strategy. This strategy focuses on strengthening the capacity to lead change at all levels across the city and supporting the Presence, Participation and Progress of all learners in early years and school settings, so that all can achieve irrespective of their circumstances.

The school population of Dundee (excluding early years) totals 18,347 , spread across 33 primary schools, eight secondaries and two special schools. Some 36.6% of people in Dundee live in the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation most deprived area zones

Teaching for Digital Citizenship

Led by Dr David Lundie, Senior Lecturer in Education, this project responds to the challenges and opportunities young people face in a fast-paced digitally connected world. We are interested in the ways that digital citizenship is enacted in secondary schools across the UK – whether in Computer Science, Citizenship, PSHE, Business Studies, Modern Studies – as well as in the day-to-day life of schools, in everything from setting homework through virtual learning environments, to biometric data to store students’ lunch money.

Working with the Urban Big Data Centre and the Centre for Technomoral Futures we will seek to engage philosophers of digital ethics, software development corporations serving the education sector, schools and policy-makers in the four nations of the UK in discussions about how to furnish young people with a sense of agency and an understanding of data justice.