Carrie McLennan

McLennan, Carrie

Ms, Associate Dean Quality and Academic Standards, Interim Discipline Lead Teacher Education

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Carrie began her professional life as a marketing executive but chose to change focus and pursue a career working in education. She qualified as a teacher specialising in Modern Languages (French and German) and worked in a variety of Scottish local authorities including Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire, Midlothian, Dundee and, as Principal Teacher, Aberdeenshire.

Carrie has worked as a teacher educator in the School of Education & Social Work since 2008 and has taught modules in both the Postgraduate and Undergraduate Initial Teacher Education Programmes. During her career at the University of Dundee, Carrie has managed a number of modules and, from 2014 - 2019, Carrie was Programme Director for the MA (Hons) Education Programme.

Carrie has taught the areas of Modern Languages pedagogy, Education Studies (focusing on child development), and Professional Studies. She is also interested in quality assurance and has been a member of the School's Quality Assurance Committee since 2013.

In 2019, Carrie joined the School of Education and Social Work's Senior Executive Group as Associate Dean (Quality and Academic Standards). Since 2021, Carrie has also taken on the interim role of Discipline Lead for Teacher Education.

Membership of groups

Member of the Scottish Council of Deans of Education (SCDE).

Represent SCDE on the National Teacher Workforce Planning Group.

Member of the SCDE Languages Sub-group.

Registered with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Executive trustee and Academic Secretary of Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA).

Member of the SERA Teacher Education Network.

Member of the Local Authority and University of Dundee Initial Teacher Education Partnership committee.


2022-2023 Co-leading on research project funded by Angus Council investigating how educators and learners experience the curriculum.

As member of Scottish Deans of Education Languages Group: National Framework for Languages: Plurilingualism and Pluriliteracies. 2018

University of Dundee representative on national group funded by Scottish Government to measure quality in initial teacher education (MQuITE) 2017-

Initial Teacher Education representative on working group to develop and write a self-evaluation framework for Initial Teacher Education, in Scotland, in collaboration with Education Scotland and Scottish Government. 2018 

Co-investigator in the Evaluation of the Pan Tayside 1+2 Strategy Project (Chief Investigator Teresa Moran; co-investigators M. Knight) 2014

Degrees & Qualifications

  • MA (Hons) French and German, 1989, University of Dundee
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing with Languages, 1991, Napier University
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Distinction), 1995, University of Strathclyde
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, 2007, Open University
  • Master's in Education (Leading Learning and Teaching) 2018, University of Dundee

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

External positions

External Examiner M.Education, University of Glasgow

1 Sep 2018 → …

External Examiner on the BA (Hons) Education, University of Strathclyde

1 Sep 201531 Aug 2018


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