Mrs Kathleen Kerrigan
- Lecturer (Educational Leadership & Policy)
telephone: 0141 330 3470
Kathleen Kerrigan is a lecturer in the School of Education and Programme Leader for the Postgraduate Certificate in Middle Leadership and Management in Schools.
Kathleen's career journey demonstrates her passion for leading learning. Prior to joining the University of Glasgow in January 2018, she worked with the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) where she was Development Officer responsible for SCEL’s online learning resource; The Framework for Educational Leadership. She collaborated with the SCEL team, education colleagues across Scotland and national agencies to develop and deliver a range of online leadership learning activities for educators. Kathleen also contributed to the development and delivery of leadership learning opportunities for middle leaders and collaborated with the Scottish Social Services Council to ensure that SCEL's online learning resource addressed leadership learning needs of leaders of early learning and childcare. Kathleen represented SCEL on the General Teaching Council for Scotland's implementation committee for the MyPL professional learning tool and participated in the MyPL pilot.
Kathleen taught in Scottish secondary schools for over twenty years, during this time she held middle leadership posts for over sixteen years in Support for Learning and also in Home Economics. Throughout her teaching career Kathleen demonstated a keen interest in professional learning, gaining additional qualifications through part-time study. Her Masters thesis explored pupil perspectives of strategies used to support learning in mainstream schools and her current research interests include middle leadership and professional learning.
Kathleen was a member of local authority working parties to lead the implementation of new curriculum and policy. In collaboration with local authority staff she developed a twilight course for teachers in Support for Learning & Inclusion and was involved in the delivery of the course for over eight years, she also contributed to the development of a digital Individualised Education Plan. As Principal Teacher of Home Economics she led a departmental team in the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence including the development and delivery of the broad general education and three new senior phase courses, she also served as an SQA nominee for Health and Food Technology.
Kathleen has delivered lectures, workshops and seminars for educators across Scotland with a particular focus upon Middle Leadership and SCEL's Framework for Educational Leadership. She is a committee member of the Scottish Professional Learning Network and is a Professional Learning Ambassador for the General Teaching Council for Scotland.
Kathleen is currently in the thesis writing phase of a doctorate in education (EdD), her qualifications include a BA in Home Economics, Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Secondary), Postgraduate Diploma in Computing, an MSc in Support for Learning and a Certificate in Coaching.
My research interest include leadership of learning, leadership development, middle leadership in educational settings and teacher professional learning.
My doctoral thesis explores perspectives of middle leaders who are working in secondary schools in Scotland, with a particular focus upon the ways in which they contribute to the leadership of professional learning.
I currently co-supervise doctoral theses in the following areas:
- Principalship of high-performing primary and middle schools in southwest China’s urban area.
- Developing capacity to enhance quality in career and technical education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
At Masters level I am currently supervising dissertations in the following areas:
- Using digital technology to assess pupil learning.
- The use of Gibb’s reflective cycle in responding to close reading question types.
- Developing deep thinking skills in young people within the Broad General Education (BGE).
- Supporting reading for understanding, analysis and evaluation through reciprocal reading.
- Factors influencing girls to discontinue with STEM subjects in the senior phase.
I also have experience of supervising dissertations in the following areas:
- Maths Recovery: The impact of a targeted group recovery program on attainment in primary numeracy and mathematics.
- Teacher perspectives of leading collaborative learning in Chinese classrooms.
- Learning for Sustainability: A critical discourse analysis of aspects of current guidelines for schools in Scotland.
Master of Education in Professional Learning and Enquiry
Developing as a Leader
Developing as a Middle Leader
Leading Change for Improvement
Programme Leader: Postgraduate Certificate in Middle Leadership and Management in Schools
Master of Education with Teaching Qualification
Educational Elective: Leadership for Learning
Education and Society
Post Graduate Diploma in Education
School Experience Tutor
Academic and Professional Body Membership
- International Professional Development Association
- British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS)
- Committee member of the Scottish Professional Learning Network
- Full registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland
- Professional Learning Ambassador for the General Teaching Council for Scotland
Within the School of Education
- Member of the St Andrews Foundation for Catholic Teacher Education
- Complaints Investigator for the School of Education
Kerrigan, K. (2018) In The Middle. Teaching Scotland, 72:46.
Kerrigan, K (2016). Meet the team: Kathleen Kerrigan. scelscotland.org.uk. Available at: https://www.scelscotland.org.uk/blog/meet-the-team-kathleen-kerrigan/
Kerrigan, K. (2016). Making the familiar unfamiliar: Collaboration as a strategy for promoting equity in education. scelscotland.org.uk. Available at: https://www.scelscotland.org.uk/blog/making-the-familiar-unfamiliar-collaboration-as-a-strategy-for-promoting-equity-in-education/
Educational Conference Presentations include:
Kerrigan, K. (2017) Using the SCEL Framework for Educational Leadership to support Professional Learning. Seminar for the Scottish Teachers for Enhancing Practice (STEP) Conference, Stirling, 18 March 2017.
Helbert, J., Kerrigan, K., & Sutherland, A. (2016) Pedagogical Leadership. Seminar for SCEL Middle Leadership Matters Conference, various dates and locations across Scotland 2016-17.
Seminars delivered in collaboration with colleagues from Education Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council
Kerrigan, K., McSorley, A., Neil, S. & Precup, A. (2017) Building the professional capacity of leaders in early learning and childcare. Seminar for the Scottish Learning Festival, Glasgow, 21 September 2017.
Alexander, J., Kerrigan, K., Neil, S. & Precup, A. (2016) Effective leadership in early learning and childcare. Seminar for the Scottish Learning Festival, Glasgow, 22 September 2016.