Robb, Anna


  • 14 Citations
  • 2 h-Index

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Personal profile


Anna Robb joined the University as a Lecturer in Education in January 2012. Anna studied Art History at the University of Warwick as an undergraduate followed by an MA in Arts and Heritage Management at the University of Sheffield; the focus of the dissertation concerned education policies in historic properties. Following a number of years working in commercial organisations,  she completed the PGCE in Primary Teaching at the University of Dundee and worked for a number of years in primary schools in Scotland. Her PhD was completed in 2018 and is focused on young children's everyday visual art experiences and their self-identity (


Primarily Anna works on both the MA and PGDE initial teacher education programmes lecturing in Social Studies, Literacy, and Expressive Arts. In addition to this Anna is a lecturer on the MEd programme as Lead Tutor for Research Methods, and supervising a number of dissertations.


In 2019 Anna completed a PhD focused on the relationship between visual art experiences in young children and identity, examining how schools can address this to create an inclusive primary art education classroom. Other areas of interest include children's voice and language and literacy. She has recently received a Carnegie Research Incentive Grant exploring the impact of a creative industries background on the practice of PGDE students in primary schools.


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Education, University of Dundee

1 Sep 201331 Aug 2018

Award Date: 18 Jan 2019

Master of Arts, University of Sheffield

Award Date: 1 Jan 2000

Bachelor of Arts, University of Warwick

Award Date: 1 Jan 1999

External positions

External Examiner, Anglia Ruskin University

1 Aug 20161 Aug 2020


  • L Education (General)
  • creativity
  • art education
  • learning environments
  • research methods
  • e-learning
  • participatory research
  • literacy
  • identity
  • children's voice

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Research Output

  • 14 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 15 Paper
  • 4 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary
  • The Multiple Personalities of Art Education: A History of Art Education in the United Kingdom

    Robb, A., 23 Jan 2019, The International Encyclopedia of Art and Design Education. Hickman, R., Baldacchino, J., Freedman, K., Hall, E. & Meager, N. (eds.). Wiley

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

  • Impact of arts participation on children’s achievement: A systematic literature review

    Jindal-Snape, D., Davies, D., Scott, R., Robb, A., Murray, C. & Harkins, C., Sep 2018, In : Thinking Skills and Creativity. 29, p. 59-70 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)



    Social Work Education (Journal)

    Anna Robb (Reviewer)

    9 Apr 202031 May 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    British Educational Research Association (External organisation)

    Anna Robb (Member)

    1 Apr 2019 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of network

    Teacher voices: what does it mean to be a STEAM teacher today in Scottish secondary schools?

    Lauren Boath (Member), & Anna Robb (Member)

    Sep 2019Jun 2021

    Activity: Other activity typesSchools engagement

    TEAN 2020 (Event)

    Anna Robb (Peer reviewer)

    6 Dec 20196 Jan 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    British Journal of Educational Psychology (Journal)

    Anna Robb (Reviewer)

    1 Jul 201931 Dec 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity