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 almost 10 years working in primary education - as class teacher, principal teacher and acting depute head teacher. With teaching experience of all stages in schools in Angus and East Renfrewshire, Nikki has engaged in a range of Masters level professional learning, including play and active learning, and developing mathematical thinking.
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 currently teaches across a variety of curriculum and pedagogy modules on the MA Primary Education, PGDE Primary Education and the National Learn to Teach postgraduate programmes.
Nikki's subject specialism is Drama and she is passionate about the ways drama can enhance learning across the curriculum. This 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 has an interest in international education. She oversees the IB 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.