Mrs Rachel Lees

  • Lecturer in Language and Literacy (Learning, Teaching & Scholarship Track) (School of Education)



I joined the University of Glasgow in 2022, as Lecturer in Language and Literacy on the Learning, Teaching and Scholarship track. In academic session 2022-23, I was course leader for Education and Society 4 (MEduc) and joint course leader on RELLT (PGDE). My teaching workload is mainly in Initial Teacher Education (ITE), but I also work closely with the Children's Literature team. 

Prior to this, I worked as a teacher and middle-leader in a variety of primary and secondary settings in Scotland and London. I completed the MEd Children’s Literature and Literacies course at the University of Glasgow on a part-time basis and graduated in 2021 (with Distinction). I hold a dual qualification with the GTCS to teach Primary and Secondary (English). My experience extends to working internationally on various long-term Erasmus and International Schools projects throughout my career. I also gained extensive experience of leading residential school trips in the UK and abroad with primary and secondary level students.

My background also includes published writing in the form of 'story starters' for an international online education platform and the development of teaching resources for publication on national/international platforms. 


The Child and the Book international conference, Montenegro, May 2023. 

Listen with your eyes: Chinese teachersresponses to the visual sound picture book Summer Concerto (Conference presentation- Fuling Deng and Rachel Lees)

SERA Conference, Ayr, Nov 2022. 

Narrative-led video games and their potential for literacy development in the classroom 

(Poster presentation- Rachel Lees)


Professional Learning and Courses

Fire Warden Training (St Andrew's Building)

April 2023

Building Racial Literacy (Education Scotland)

March 2023

Bias and privilege- decolonising the curriculum

November 2021

Making Thinking Visible

October 2021

Major Dissertation (Education) (Level 11)

August 2021

Developing Literacy (Level 11)

June 2021

Taking a Trauma Informed Lens

April 2021

Readingwise Literacy Programme

February 2021

Nurture Training

October 2020

Apple Teacher Certification

August 2020

Dyslexia: Identification and Support

May 2020

Texts for Children: from the printing press to virtual reality (Level 11)

May 2020

Modern Educational Thought (Level 11)

May 2020

Supporting Dyslexia , Inclusive Practice and Literacy (Open University)

April 2020

Introduction to Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice (Open University)

March 2020

Reframing Language, Literature & Literacies for 21st Century Life (Level 11)

May 2019

Children's Literature and Literacies: a critical enquiry (Level 11)

May 2019

Introduction to Educational and Social Research (Level 11)

January 2019

Academic Skills Writing (Level 7)

September 2018

Working Towards an Inclusive Learning Environment

September 2018

Women in Qualifications Leadership Roles with Confidence

February 2018

Strength-focused Coaching for Line Managers: Taking your Coaching Capability to the Next Level

September 2016 and 2017


Career overview

2022- Present: Lecturer in Language and Literacy, University of Glasgow

2020-2022: English Teacher (Secondary), Glasgow City Council 

2016-2020: Head of Support for Learning (Prinicpal Teacher),  Ayr

2014-2016: Primary 7 Teacher and Secondary SfL teacher,  Ayr

2012-2014: Primary Teacher with responsibility for The Children's Team, Lewisham Council

2011-2012: Primary Teacher, Lewisham Council

2010-2011: Probation Primary Teacher, East Dunbartonshire Council

2006-2010: Activity leader and TEFL teacher, Embassy CES Summer Schools (Fixed term, summer only)



Research interests

Multimodal and Future Literacies; Video Games and Literacy Learning; Video Games and Narrativity; Reading for Pleasure in the Secondary English and Primary Classroom; Inclusive Children's and Young Adult Literature; Young Adult Literature in the Secondary English classroom; Literacy Development; Picturebooks and Multimodality. 


I currently teach on the following programmes:

  • MEduc 1 Literacy and English
  • MEduc 2 Literacy and English
  • MEduc 3 Literacy and English
  • MEduc 4 Literacy and English
  • MEduc 4 Education and Society (Course Leader)
  • PGDE English and Literacy
  • PGDE Becoming a Teacher (BAT)
  • PGDE Research and Enquiry-Led Learning and Teaching (RELLT) (joint Course Leader)
  • MEduc 3 Elective in Children's Literature

Additional information


Anti-racism SoE committee

Professional membership:

  • UKLA
  • SERA
  • GTC Scotland