Spotlight on ESW research staff

| 2020, research

In a series of articles we are spotlighting our research colleagues who have joined us recently in the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Dundee. Dr Teodor Mladenov, Senior Lecturer Prior to joining us at the University of Dundee, Teodor was Marie Curie Individual Fellow at the European Network on Independent Living (2017-2019), and Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Centre for Public Policy Research, King’s College London (2013-2016). He has research expertise and interests in disability studies, disability theory, international social policy, (post)socialism, and critical t...

African social work writing workshop - Nigeria 2020

| 2020, research

Dr Susan Levy, working with Professor Mark Smith and Dr Richard Ingram, along with Professor Uzoma Okoye (University of Nigeria) and Professor Hugh McLaughlin (Manchester Metropolitan University), has been awarded British Academy funding to hold a writing workshop in Abuja, Nigeria: Writing Workshops 2020. The British Academy programme provides UK-based scholars in the humanities and social sciences with the opportunity to develop one or more training and research workshops in the Global South, aimed at furthering scholarly interaction between researchers in the UK and in the Global South and promotin...

Seed funding awarded for Scottish and Nigerian social work project

| 2020, research

Following visits to Nigeria in 2018/19, Dr Richard Ingram and Dr Susan Levy were awarded Education and Social Work (ESW) seed funding to establish a project exploring the differences and synergies between Scottish and Nigerian social work education. The project is underpinned by the growing connections between ESW and the Social Department at the University of Nigeria. The seed funding allowed for the involvement of an African social work student (studying on the MSc Social Work in Dundee) to be involved in an initial scoping and review of literature and to co-produce an online survey on the perceptions of...

Scottish pupils lose top spot for reading comprehension

| 2020, research

The largest literacy study ever conducted in the UK and Ireland has shown that Scottish pupils no longer have the best level of reading comprehension among the home nations. The What Kids Are Reading Report 2020, written by the University of Dundee’s Professor Keith Topping for reading practice and assessment provider Renaissance UK, showed that Scottish youngsters have slipped behind Northern Ireland and have come joint second in terms of level of reading comprehension, alongside England. Despite this, Scottish pupils have climbed from bottom of the table on reading more difficult books to seco...

Spotlight on new ESW staff

| 2020, research

This is the next article in a series spotlighting our new colleagues who have joined us recently in the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Dundee. We are pleased to welcome Dr Derya Asi to our staff. Derya is a Senior Lecturer in Childhood Practice/Studies, and she welcomes inquiries from collaborators and new graduate students. She is a developmental psychologist who has been working in the early childhood education field for nearly 18 years. Before working at the University of Dundee as a Senior Lecturer in the Childhood Practice program, she was teaching in the pre-school education...