McGuigan, Aileen


  • Senior Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship), Education
  • United Kingdom

  • 8 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
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Personal profile


Dr Aileen McGuigan graduated from the University of Glasgow with a joint honours degree in English and Scottish Literature and continued there, completing a PhD in 1998. Her thesis centred on literary history from a feminist perspective. During her postgraduate years, she worked part-time, teaching at the University of Glasgow and in community education with the Workers' Education Association.

Aileen has experience of teaching in a whole range of educational sectors: secondary and tertiary as well as community learning. After completing her PGCE, she taught English and Media Studies in secondary schools and then in the college sector, firstly at Langside in Glasgow and on moving to Tayside with her family, at Angus College. Later on she was employed in outreach work for the University of Dundee, organising a programme of courses for adults in community settings throughout Tayside and delivering a range of short courses herself.

She took up a lecturing post in the Teaching Qualification Further Education team within the School of Education, Social Work and Community Education (ESWCE) here at the University of Dundee, in October 2006. She was TQFE Programme Director from 2010-2016.

Research interests

Aileen's research stems from a social constructivist epistemology.  She is interested in:

  • Design for learning in online environments
  • Professional development
  • Online collaboration
  • Web 2.0 social media tools in learning contexts


Aileen and the TQFE team have won various awards and shortlistings:

  • 2014  TQFE case study shortlisted to final four (highly commended) in the Scotland-wide JISC RSC iTech awards: The Teaching Qualification in Further Education TQFE-Tutor blogosphere at the University of Dundee
  • 2012 University of Dundee Honorary Graduates' Award for Innovation in Teaching (for TQFE-Tutor, an integrated tutoring and communications system for the TQFE programme)
  • 2011 College of Arts and Social Sciences (UoD) Award for innovative teaching (for TQFE-Tutor)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Glasgow

Master of Arts, University of Glasgow


  • L Education (General)
  • online learning
  • online collaboration
  • professional development
  • social media tools for learning

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Research Output 2011 2019

  • 8 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 4 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Other contribution
  • 1 Conference contribution

Transforming practice, transforming practitioners: reflections on the TQFE in Scotland

Bain, Y., Brosnan, K. & McGuigan, A., 2019, In : Research in Post-Compulsory Education. 24, 1, p. 83-101 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

university teacher
further education
further education
student body

An unusual transition: lecturer to university student

McGuigan, A., Jul 2015, Dundee : University of Dundee.

Research output: Other contribution

university teacher

I'm a friend of someone who responds: avoiding the void in online learning communications

McGuigan, A., 2013, ICERI 2013 Proceedings. IATED, p. 3990-3995 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

further education

Blogospheric learning in a continuing professional development context

McGuigan, A., 2012, Collaborative learning 2.0: open educational resources. Okada, A. L. P., Connolly, T. & Scott, P. J. (eds.). Hershey, PA.: IGI Global, p. 222-237

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


College Award for Inovative Teaching

Aileen McGuigan (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Honorary Graduates Award for Innovation in Teaching

Aileen McGuigan (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Two TQFE case studies highly commended

Aileen McGuigan (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

distance learning

University of Dundee Honorary Graduates' Award for Innovation in Teaching

Aileen McGuigan (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2010 2018

  • 11 Participation in conference
  • 1 Festival/Exhibition
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Other

eLene4Life - Learning and Interacting to Foster Employability

Neil Taylor (Member), Helen Booth (Member), Aileen McGuigan (Member), Divya Jindal-Snape (Member)
Jan 2018Sep 2021

Activity: Other activity typesOther

ALT Scotland

Aileen McGuigan (Participant)
7 Jun 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

ALT-C 2013

Aileen McGuigan (Speaker)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Sharing Stories (online seminar series for JISC Regional Support Centre Scotland)

Aileen McGuigan (Invited speaker)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference