Dr Alan Britton
- Senior Lecturer (Curriculum Assessment & Pedagogy)
I have worked as an educator in a wide range of contexts; from English language teaching in France, to outdoor instruction in the Highlands of Scotland; Secondary school teaching of languages and civics to Civil Service and Parliamentary work; and for the past 17 years in University, combining initial teacher education work with policy development, strategic leadership, and research.
My core research and teaching interests include Education Policy, Citizenship, Political Literacy, and Sustainability.
I am the Internationalisation Director for the School of Education at the University of Glasgow, and the Director of the Education for Global Citizenship Unit.
I recently undertook a review of a major crofting education programme. I also supported the Global Learning Project-Scotland (funded by DFID and led by the IDEAS consortium), as impact evaluator.
I was the lead investigator in the UK for a major transnational project on Food Waste education from 2014-2016. This project worked with young people and local authorities, seeking to reduce food waste, promote global understanding and support political literacy.
This has been succeeded by a new programme, funded under the same framework, with a focus on young people's knwoedge of the Sustainable Development Goals, and the role of youth action in response to local and global inequality.
I believe strongly in the need for young people to engage with the political process; I led the establishment of the Scottish Parliament's Education service in 1999, and continue to promote and contribute to research and policy developments in this area.
Europeaid "Walk the Global Walk" (£230,000) from 2017-2020), led by Tuscany Region and Oxfam Italia
Europeaid "Don't Waste Our Future" Project with a Multilateral Partnership led by FELCOS Umbria (1.7 million Euros approx: 10% share) (2015-2017).
Crofting Connections/Soil Association Evaluation of Crofting Connections Phase 2 (2015).
European Union Lifelong Learning Programme (€45,154). Comenius Multilateral Project “Portfolio of Integration” (2011-2013).
University of Glasgow First Steps Awards (£5000). Developing Educational Partnership with Just Trading Co. (2010) See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-11095954
European Union Lifelong Learning Programme. Comenius Multilateral Project "Continuing Intercultural Professional Development in Europe" (CIPDE). (2007-2009). Principal Investigator. (€225 000).
Department for International Development (DFID). Development Awareness and Teacher Professional Development (2005-2008). Depute Project Manager . (£208, 000).
Future Learning and Teaching (FLaT) Programme. Evaluation of Inspiring Inquiring Minds Project at Jordanhill School (2005-2006). Principal Investigator.
Scottish Children’s Parliament. Evaluation of the Children’s Parliament. (2006). Principal Investigator
European Union Socrates Accompanying Measures. Identifying oneself with Europe. (2005-2006). Principal Investigator
Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) Evaluation of the Project Partnership Programme (2006).
I have supervised two international PhD students to completion, and am currently supervising a further four students. I have supervised 12 students to success at Masters level.
I welcome further expressions of interest from prospective PhD and Masters students who are interested in one or more of the themes listed under my Research Interests.
I teach across a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. I am the course leader for the MEduc Education and Society programme from years 1-3; and the PGDE Secondary Teaching qualification in Modern Studies. I am the Depute Head of the Pedagogy, Praxis and Faith Research and Teaching Group in the School of Education.
Consulting and advice
I provide consultancy services to a number of organisations, including overseas governments and the NGO sector. I have supported the Scottish Parliament's Education Committee in their scrutiny of current education policy developments, and gave formal evidence at the Parliament on September 19th 2018. I am a registered Expert with the European Commission, and undertook bid evaluations for their Key Action 3 Programme in 2017 and 2018. I am also an evaluator for the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.
Academic and professional body membership
Registered with the General Teaching Council of Scotland
Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
Fellow of the RSA
Scottish Educational Research Association.
Core member, European Learning Teacher Network Thinktank on Education for Sustainable Development (2013-).
Scotland Lead, the 5 Nations Citizenship Network Strategy Group (2006-2014).
Member of the Scottish Government Ministerial Working Group on One Planet Schools/Learning for Sustainability (2012).
Convener, Applied Educational Research Scheme (AERS) Policy Review Group on Education for Citizenship (2007-2008).
Member, Learning and Teaching Scotland Advisory Group on Citizenship (2003-2007).
Modern Studies Association National Committee (2001-2006).