School of Education
The School of Education at the University of Strathclyde is the leading provider of teacher education in Scotland, and one of the largest in the UK. Our plans for 2020-21 and beyond build on the successes of recent years with an ambitious plan for the future, demonstrating our intention to grow in terms of activity, student numbers and profile / reputation. The vision for 2025 remains to be the leading innovator in Teacher Education for Scotland, delivering a sustainable workforce and career-long professional learning (CLPL). We have thriving international and distance learning courses for educators globally, as well as strong networks that ensure that our high quality research activity is increasingly internationally recognised and impactful. The School is in a very strong position, having grown all aspects of our work over a number of years.
With over 100 members of academic staff and an extensive portfolio of activity, this is a vibrant environment in which to work and study. We are bold, ambitious and innovative in our thinking, and have recently restructured the School leadership team that offers strong, people-oriented leadership, clear lines of responsibility, ensures effective communication and an environment that encourages collaboration and supports staff in all aspects of their professional lives.
We offer a range of courses leading to internationally recognised teaching qualifications. These include our BA (Hons) Primary Education, PGDE (Primary), PGDE (Secondary), BSc (Hons) Physics with Teaching, BSc (Hons) Maths with teaching, M.Chem Chemistry with Teaching and BSc (Hons) Education & Curricular Studies with Teaching. Those interested in Education but who do not necessarily with to teach can study Education jointly with another subject from the Faculty portfolio.
For those involved in Early Years Education, our BA in Childhood Practice matches the Standard for Childhood Practice in Scotland and is designed to develop degree-level professionals and future leaders in the sector.
Our postgraduate taught programmes provide opportunities for further specialisation at PG Certificate, PG Diploma and Masters levels. We continue to see a sustained growth in our PGT populations, The M.Ed. Education Studies recruits particularly well.
Our MPhil, PhD and EdD programmes allow students to engage in research in a particular area of interest and our staff have extensive knowledge and expertise in a wide range of areas. Having eight subject pathways means that students are directed towards staff areas of research expertise, increasing capacity and generating active research cultures around these specialisms.
Our international activity has grown in recent years and, as well as offering PG certificate qualifications for teachers in a number of countries, we are also about to offer the first delivery of an iPGCE in China.
Our Continuing Professional Development programme provides courses and events that vary in terms of length and delivery approach. These are developed in collaboration with partners and range from small local groups to larger national and international activities. The strong reputation of the School means that, as well as being proactive in seeking opportunities, we are regularly approached with specific requests.
The School produces leading research focused on nine overlapping themes with national and international relevance:
- Additional support needs and Autism
- Educational and social practices in curricular subjects
- Equity and achievement
- Health and wellbeing
- Languages education
- Methodologies for change
- Professional learning, identity and enquiry
- Rights, citizenship and dialogue
- Education, philosophy and culture
Further information about our research priorities can be found here.
We pride ourselves in the relationships we have developed with schools, local authorities, government and our students. We have research connections across the world, including in Europe, Australia and Canada and have postgraduate research students from Africa and Asia. Further information about our international activities can be found here.
A key feature of the research undertaken by colleagues in the School of Education is its synergy with our teaching and knowledge exchange (KE) activity. In addition to academic publications, our research is disseminated through the accredited courses we teach, but it is also central to the varied forms of KE work in which we engage. This planned KE activity may take the form of written reports, training and presentations for practitioners, policy makers and the general public. We do not take a unidirectional approach to research and teaching/KE; our KE and teaching often form the basis or stimulus to further research.
Centres / Hubs
The School has a number of centres where staff engage in research, teaching and knowledge exchange. These include
Scotland’s National Centre for Languages (SCILT) promotes and supports the delivery of high quality language learning, making sure that all languages and cultures are valued and that life-long language learning is recognised as a key skill for life and work. It has three core priorities:
- to support high quality language learning and teaching in line with national priorities
- to highlight and demonstrate the benefits of multilingualism and intercultural competencies so that languages are widely recognised as a key skill for life and work
- to generate language-related research, share information and facilitate knowledge exchange in Scotland and beyond.
The Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools is an award winning national centre funded by the Scottish Government and Hanban/the Confucius Institute Headquarters of China. CISS shares the bold vision of Scotland’s National Centre for Languages and of the Scottish Government’s China Engagement Strategy. It supports learners in schools and the wider community to develop the knowledge, skills and cultural awareness required of citizens in the globally interdependent world of the 21st century. This is done through partnership with Confucius Institute Headquarters and a network of Confucius Classroom hubs.
Autism Network Scotland works in collaboration through strategic partnerships and knowledge sharing to drive change and support positive health and well-being for autistic people across Scotland. It does this by:
- Providing and supporting networking opportunities across Scotland, bringing together experience, expertise, knowledge and understanding.
- Providing an impartial hub for reliable autism information, knowledge, practice and research.
- Being led by the perspectives and ambitions of the autistic person, their families and carers.
- Supporting the implementation of the Scottish Strategy for Autism and the aspiration that all autistic people are respected, accepted and valued.
- Promoting and providing opportunities for autism learning and development.
Our current plans are to grow the number of centres / hubs.