Carrie McLennan

McLennan, Carrie

Head of Division of Education and Society, School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Ms

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Carrie is a Senior Lecturer in Education (Teaching and Scholarship) and has worked at the University of Dundee since 2008. This followed a professional career as a teacher of Modern Languages. From 2019 to 2022, Carrie was a member of the School of Education and Social Work’s Senior Executive Group in her capacity as Associate Dean for Quality and Academic Standards. From 2021 to 2022, she took on the role of Interim Discipline Lead for Teacher Education prior to the merging of the School of Education and Social Work merging into the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law in August 2022. Carrie is currently Head of Division for Education and Society within the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law where she is responsible for Education (Teacher Education, Childhood Practice & Educational Psychology), Community Education, Social Work, and Languages.

Carrie’s teaching and scholarship involves work in the area of teacher education. She represents the institution on the Scottish Council of Deans of Education Committee (SCDE) which deals with all aspects of teacher education at national level. She is Deputy Chair (2023-2025) and also has specific responsibility for quality assurance and the national annual self-evaluation symposium. She is the SCDE’s representative on the National Teacher Workforce Planning Committee and is currently working as part of a committee looking at the future of teacher education in Scotland. She has undertaken projects with local authorities relating to deepening understanding of teaching and learning in Scottish schools. From 2017 to 2022, she was Academic Secretary and Trustee for the Scottish Educational Research Association.

Membership of groups

Member of the Scottish Council of Deans of Education (SCDE) - Deputy Chair; Quality Assurance Lead.

Represent SCDE on the National Teacher Workforce Planning Group.

Member of the SCDE Languages Sub-group.

Registered with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Member of the SERA Teacher Education Network.



2022-2024 Co-leading on research project 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) 2017-2022

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 Sept 2018 → …

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

1 Sept 201531 Aug 2018


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