Cantali, Dianne


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Dianne is a Lecturer in the School of Education and Social Work and is currently the Programme Director for the Master of Education programme. She also teaches on the School's initial teacher education programmes. Dianne 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.

Dianne'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.

Dianne 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. Dianne 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.

Dianne serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Dundee Women's Aid where she is currently the Vice-Chair. She is also a keen pianist and flautist, and enjoys walks with her dogs, Bob, Ruby and Dexter.

Education/Academic qualification

PGCert THE, University of Cumbria

1 Jul 201030 Jun 2011

Master of Education, University of Birmingham

Master of Education, University of Birmingham

Bachelor of Arts, Lancaster University

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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Research Output 2014 2019

school transition
primary school
longitudinal study
secondary school
secondary school
Qualitative Research
educational policy

Primary to secondary school transitions: systematic literature review - key findings

Jindal-Snape, D., Cantali, D., MacGillivray, S. & Hannah, E., 12 Feb 2019, Edinburgh: Scottish Government. 7 p. (Social Research Series)

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

school transition
secondary school

Children's Transitions to Secondary School: getting it right for the teachers too

Cantali, D. & Jindal-Snape, D., 18 May 2018, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

secondary school
primary school
Autistic Disorder


DUSA Student-Led Teaching Award Nominee

Dianne Cantali (Recipient), May 2017

Prize: Other distinction

DUSA Student-Led Teaching Award Nominee

Dianne Cantali (Recipient), May 2016

Prize: Other distinction

DUSA Student-Led Teaching Awards (Nominee)

Dianne Cantali (Recipient), 1 May 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

School Learning and Teaching Awards Nominee

Dianne Cantali (Recipient) & Lynn Boyle (Recipient), May 2016

Prize: Other distinction


School Learning and Teaching Awards Nominee

Dianne Cantali (Recipient), May 2016

Prize: Other distinction


Activities 2014 2019

Primary-Secondary School Transitions: A Systematic Literature Review

Divya Jindal-Snape (Invited speaker), Dianne Cantali (Contributor), Beth Hannah (Contributor), Stephen Macgillivray (Contributor)
24 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

15th Annual Enhancement Themes Conference (Event)

Dianne Cantali (Peer reviewer)
7 Jun 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Teacher Education Policy in Europe Network (2018)

Dianne Cantali (Participant)
18 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Scottish Universities Inclusion Group (External organisation)

Dianne Cantali (Chair)
10 Dec 2018

Activity: Membership typesMembership of network