Education, School of Education and Social Work
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Nikki is a Lecturer in Education in the School of Education and Social Work. In addition to teaching responsibility across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, Nikki is Professional Practice Convener on the MA (Hons) Primary Education where she oversees the student practicum experience. Nikki also leads on the International Baccalaureate (IB) team within ESW, supporting students following the IB Pathway through their MA.
Nikki joined the University of Dundee after a decade working in primary education as class teacher, principal teacher and acting depute head teacher, during which time she gained teaching experience of all stages from pre-school to primary 7.
Prior to studying a PGDE in Primary Education at the University of Dundee, from which she graduated with Merit in 2006, Nikki gained an MSc in Public Relations from the University of Stirling where she was awarded a full ESRC Scholarship. Graduating in 2002, she worked briefly in the private sector before moving in to teaching.
With a first degree in Dramatic Studies from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama (now RCS) in 1998 and a very brief career as an actress, it is no surprise that Nikki has a particular subject interest in Drama. Nikki is currently working towards a second Masters qualification - an MEd in Learning and Teaching in the Performing Arts from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Nikki currently teaches across a variety of curriculum and pedagogy modules on the MA Primary Education and PGDE Primary Education and programmes. She is also a tutor on the MEd.
Nikki's subject specialism is Drama. She is passionate about dramatic inquiry and the ways drama can enhance learning across the curriculum. This drama expertise also informs the work Nikki does to support students on use of voice and classroom presence.
In addition to teaching about Scotland's Curriculum for Excellence, Nikki oversees the International Baccalaureate Pathway through the MA and is module leader for the MA2 International Baccalaureate Policy, Practice & Programmes elective.
Following their virtual practicum experience last semester, some of our International Baccalaureate (IB) Pathway students on the MA Education course have been writing about their experiences for the IB's Global Newsletter.