Welcome from the Director for Postgraduate Research

Welcome from the Director for Postgraduate Research

As the Director of Postgraduate Research (hereafter PGR), I am pleased to welcome you to the School of Education whether you are considering studying for a doctorate (PhD or EdD) or an MPhil with us or if you are already studying here.  We have a thriving PGR community with some 140 PhD students, over 100 EdD students and some twenty MPhil students. Our PGR community  is drawn from more than 30 countries and so constitutes a truly international diverse community of scholars.

If you are studying for a PhD with us, you will all be supervised by two academics or, sometimes, by a group of academics from one of our five Research and Teaching Groups(Creativity, Culture and Faith; Interdisciplinary Learning Education Technology and Society; Professional Learning and Leadership; Social Justice, Place and Lifelong Education; Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy) or from the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change, and you will have a ‘home’ in one of these groups or centres.  Each of these groups/Centres has its own Postgraduate Research Convener who ensures the wellbeing of students, convenes progress reviews, organises research seminars and, generally, is a key contact for you throughout your studies.  I, too, am privileged to work with you all in Advanced Research Methods classes, in PhD Student Forums, online in your Moodle support site and in seminars and social events which, I hope, will be as enjoyable as they are supportive.  You will find staff and fellow students a welcoming and friendly group who will do their very best to enable you to thrive during your studies with us. 

As the fourth oldest university in the UK, the University of Glasgow has honourable and rich traditions while it looks to the future. Our University Vision – to be a ‘world-class, world-changing university’ is supported by our Mission: ‘To bring inspiring people together and create a world-class environment for learning and research, empowering staff and students to discover and share knowledge that can change the world’.  I hope you will join us or that, already, you are working with us to ‘discover and share knowledge that can change the world’.

Professor Nicki Hedge

Research and Teaching Groups

Research and Teaching Groups

Staff within School of Education belong to one of five research groups or the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change.

These groups bring together staff with shared research expertise and capabilities to coordinate events, opportunities and activities. The School has a history and tradition of working collaboratively across groupings to develop innovative cross-cutting research involving a diverse range of perspectives.  Your associated group/s will be that of your supervisors.  Each group has a designated Postgraduate Research Convenor who is responsible for overseeing your supervision.

Creativity,Culture and Faith

Dr Raymond Mccluskey


As PGR Convener in the Creativity, Culture and Faith RTG, I would wish to welcome you to the university. I hope that you will feel yourself part of a community of scholarship and be inspired and enthused by your interactions with fellow researchers. Towards the end of each academic year, I convene Annual Progress Reviews which are an opportunity for you to review the past year’s work and to sketch out plans for the future in consultation with yourself and your supervisors. I must say that I always look forward to learning about the varied and fascinating research being pursued by our PGR students. I wish you well as you commence your programme of research.

Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy

Dr Hazel Crichton                       


Welcome to the Curriculum, Assessment, and Pedagogy (CAP) research and teaching group in the School of Education at the University of Glasgow. You can learn more about the research focus of our group here. In addition to being connected to our group through working closely with your supervisor, we host a series of CAP seminars during the year that you are cordially invited to in order to enrich your learning. We also encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities to support your professional development through the College of Social Sciences and School of Education. Please pay attention to email notices about these opportunities that are sent throughout the year. Should you have any questions, you are welcome to contact the PGR Convener for your group, Dr. Hazel Crichton (hazel.crichton@glasgow.ac.uk). I am delighted that you chose to study in the School of Education at the University of Glasgow and hope that you have a productive year ahead.

Interdisciplinary Learning Education Technology and Society

Professional Learning and Leadership

Dr Robert Doherty

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A very warm welcome to postgraduate study in the School of Education. I am Dr Robert Doherty and currently serve as post graduate convener for the Professional Learning and Leadership (PLL) research group. I have a role in the recruitment, review and support of all our research students.

As your principal supervisor is a member of the PLL research group within the school you are also affiliated to this group as one of our doctoral students. All of the academic staff in the PLL group are keen to learn about and support your work and academic development. Throughout the year we will invite you to take part in our seminars and workshops and give you opportunities to present your developing work to a friendly and responsive audience.  Take a moment to look at our webpages and understand the areas of shared intellectual and professional activity that bring us together as a research cluster. We aim to create a welcoming, stimulating and productive academic environment and hope you will enjoy and contribute to this shared activity.

Robert Owen Centre

Professor Barbara M. Kehm

A warm welcome to all new (and old) ROC PGR students and early career researchers (ECRs). This is a new web section dedicated to you and your fellows from other parts of the School. As the new ROC PGR convenor I have set myself the goal to form a tighter network of ROC PGRs and ECRs by inviting you once a month to meetings to discuss your work and organise some special events over the course of a year. The next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, June 10 between 2:00 and 3:30 pm in the ROC meeting room 575 St. Andrew’s Building. There will be a couple of PGRs presenting parts of their work (in a draft stage – so no worry), then receiving feedback from a discussant (chosen from among the PGR student group). After this the presentation will be further discussed by all present. Feel free to come. Our special event is an away-day at Ardoch House at Loch Lomond on 22 May which will be used as a writing retreat. The exercise will be lead by Anna Beck. For the fall we are planning to invite an external guest not so much to speak to you as with you. In order to do more things together, support self-organisation and provide tailored support new ideas are welcome.

Warm regards to all of you from Barbara M. Kehm

Social Justice, Place and Lifelong Education

      Dr Kate Reid      Dr Catherine Lido

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Welcome to the Social Justice, Place and Lifelong Education (SJPLE) Research and Teaching Group (RTG). Consisting of staff and students largely interested in researching topics of social inclusion and equity in education, the Group is your 'home' within the School of Education. We are an active Research Group and as your Postgraduate Research Convenor (that is, we are here to support PGR students in SJPLE), we encourage you to present and discuss your work at our PGR seminar sessions, where we have a friendly and lively exchange of research ideas, methods and theories. We also hold social events from time to time. We welcome student ideas and initiatives for future PRG events and discussion groups.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Dr Kate Reid and Dr Catherine Lido

Postgraduate Research Administrator


Welcome to the School of Education. My name is Ms Arlene Burns and I am the Postgraduate Administrator and your first point of contact for the School.  You will be invited to the School’s Induction Day when you arrive,  giving you a chance to meet other new postgraduate students and also members of staff.   Providing insight to the school processes and where to find information.  My office is Room 425b, level 4.

I will be allocating you a study space when you arrive for your 4 years of study in one of our following study rooms:

556  573  574  682  683

We have one student representative in each of the rooms above who are:

556 – Nor’ain Binti Sulaiman

573 – Anna Beck

574 – Peipei Liu

682 – Yuwei Xu

683 – Ting Zhao Zhang

My contact details are arlene.burns@glasgow.ac.uk or telephone 0141 330 3486.