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...

Primary Education students the first to pass Physical Literacy Foundation Course

| 2020

Primary Education undergraduate students at the University of Dundee have become the first in Scotland to pass the internationally recognised Physical Literacy Foundation Course recently. 28 MA Education (Primary) students, who elected to take a Physical Education (PE) module in their second year, successfully achieved the course award, led by staff member Gillian Bartle and two others from the School of Education and Social Work. Physical Literacy is an umbrella concept capturing the importance of physical activity from ‘pre-birth to the end of life’ and these students will continue to teach P...

River Deep, Mountain High – archives to artworks

| 2020

An exhibition of art, design and creative writing inspired by the natural world and our relationship with it will open at the University of Dundee this weekend. ‘River Deep, Mountain High – archives to artworks’ was conceived to mark Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters and challenged participants to respond to the University's rich archive, museum and rare book collections on the themes of rivers, seas, coasts and mountains. The exhibition, taking place at the Lamb Gallery, Tower Building, will be open to the public from Saturday 8 February until April. Dozens of University st...

British Education Award for Social Work Graduate Rachel

| 2020

Congratulations to one of our BA Social Work graduates, Rachel Natanson, who won a British Education Award at a ceremony in Manchester on Thursday 30th January 2020.  Rachel won the award in the Scotland Degree category, in recognition of her brilliant academic results and extracurricular success. The British Education Awards take place at a unique event where young people, their families and teachers, along with politicians, professionals and celebrities from across the UK come together to celebrate educational attainment. Great work Rachel! We are very proud of you. Find out more about the awards...

Visiting Scholar for MII-STEM project

| 2020, research

The School of Education and Social Work extends a warm welcome to Wipavadee Khwaengmek from Kasetsart University (Bangkok Thailand), who is currently with us as a visiting scholar working with Professor Samia Khan and the MII-STEM project. MII-STEM is an international research project funded by the GCRF, which aims to improve the quality of teacher education in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) across Southeast Asia. The project will examine the effectiveness of modelling and how it is taught to future science teachers in Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. Modelling is a key s...

New publication for Professor Fiona Kumari Campbell

| 2020, research

An extended essay by Professor Fiona Kumari Campbell has just been published in a new book, A Cultural History of Disability in the Modern Age. Professor Kumari Campbell's essay on Mobility Impairment? Impairing Mobilities into the Twenty-first Century appears in the new volume which is edited by David Mitchell and Sharon Snyder. A Cultural History of Disability in the Modern Age explores how our understanding and treatment of disability has evolved in Western culture, and how it has been represented and perceived in different social and cultural conditions. The picture shows Professor Kumari Campbell...

Social Justice Challenge 2020

| 2020

The Social Justice Challenge is a cross-university, multi-disciplinary initiative that mobilises the academic community to get involved with critical contemporary themes such as refugees, homelessness, disabilities, education, food security, environment, or criminal justice. The University, with its vision and values, is committed to engaging with social justice and mobilising the academic community towards innovative, transformative, engaged involvement with external partners on relevant issues for society. The challenge involves groups of 5 to 6 students, from different disciplines, that explore together...

Young Scot of the Year listing for student Alyssa

| 2020

Congratulations to our School President and Community Learning and Development student Alyssa Faulkner, who has been included in the Scottish Review's list of Young Scots of the Year for 2019. The list is the Scottish Review's biennial celebration of 20 people in their 20's who are involved in remarkable work, and Alyssa has been included in recognition of her great work in improving knowledge, understanding, and support for young people living with Type 1 Diabetes. Find out more...

STEM Funds of Knowledge: Connecting Scottish Communities and School Science

| 2019, 2020, research

A new initiative in the School of Education and Social Work was launched in 2019 to enhance participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). It is based on an established body of work called “Funds of Knowledge” that specifically engages families and teachers in mobilising community knowledge about STEM through the co-construction of a Community Funds curriculum. Led by Professor Samia Khan at the School of Education and Social Work, this university-school-community partnership explores the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) funds of knowledge that...