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Di is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, and is the School Lead for Athena Swan. She teaches on the School's initial teacher education programmes and the Master of Education degree. Di is Chair of the Scottish Universities Inclusion Group and a member of the Scottish Professional Learning Network steering group. She was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in November 2013.
Di's research interests lie in the areas of inclusion and educational transitions. She is currently finishing her Professional Doctorate which focuses on stakeholders' experiences of the move from primary to secondary school.
Di completed her initial teacher education at Charlotte Mason College, Ambleside, going on to teach in primary and specialist schools before joining a Local Authority's specialist teaching service. Her most recent teaching post was as an Inclusion Teacher, where she taught children with Autism and with Learning Difficulties. Di has also held the post of Autism Specialist Team Leader and led a team of teachers, taking up this role from 2007 - 2011. She also enjoyed delivering continuing professional development opportunities for teachers, parents and carers.
Di serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Dundee Women's Aid, is an independent fostering panel member for the Carolina House Trust and is a volunteer for Maggie's Dundee. She is also a keen pianist and flautist, enjoys walks with her dogs, Ruby and Dexter, and enjoys participating in Etape sportives as an endurance cyclist.