Cantali, Di


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Di is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, and is the School Lead for the Athena Swan gender equality charter mark scheme. She teaches on the School's initial teacher education programmes and the Master of Education degree. Di is Chair of the Scottish Universities Inclusion Group and a member of the Scottish Professional Learning Network steering group. She was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in November 2013.

Di's research interests lie in the areas of inclusion and educational transitions. She is currently finishing her Professional Doctorate which focuses on stakeholders' experiences of the move from primary to secondary school.

Di completed her initial teacher education at Charlotte Mason College, Ambleside, going on to teach in primary and specialist schools before joining a Local Authority's specialist teaching service. Her most recent teaching post was as an Inclusion Teacher, where she taught children with Autism and with Learning Difficulties. Di has also held the post of Autism Specialist Team Leader and led a team of teachers, taking up this role from 2007 - 2011. She also enjoyed delivering continuing professional development opportunities for teachers, parents and carers.

Di serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Dundee Women's Aid, is an independent fostering panel member for the Carolina House Trust and is a volunteer for Maggie's Dundee. She is also a keen pianist and flautist, enjoys walks with her dogs, Ruby and Dexter, and enjoys participating in Etape sportives as an endurance cyclist.


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
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy

Award Date: 1 Nov 2013

PGCert THE, Post-Graduate Certificate Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Cumbria

1 Jul 201030 Jun 2011

Award Date: 1 Jul 2011

Master of Education, University of Birmingham

Award Date: 1 Jan 2009

Master of Education, Degree in Special Education (Learning Difficulties Severe and Moderate), University of Birmingham

Award Date: 1 Jan 2003

Bachelor of Arts, Lancaster University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1998

External positions

External Examiner, University of Aberdeen

1 Oct 2019 → …

External Examiner, University of Strathclyde

1 Oct 2017 → …


  • LB1501 Primary Education
  • LB2300 Higher Education


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