Dey, Donna


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Donna teaches on a range of education programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.  She started her career teaching biology in secondary education after which, she undertook professional learning to collaborate and lead on Guidance and Pupil Support in various secondary schools in Scotland.  

Since 2013, Donna has been working at the University of Dundee in Teacher Education.  She has been invovled in teaching around the areas of social justice and health and wellbeing, leading modules in these areas at both undergraduate and postgraduate learnning.  

Currently, she is the PGDE Pastoral convenor supporting students on their academic journey.  



Donna's research focus are around the areas of social justice and health and wellbeing.  Her research around health and wellbeing, has been around the area of secondary education and how this has been emdedded.  In addition, she is currently collaborating with collegues looking at health and wellbeing within Initial Teacher Education.  Her current PhD study, is considering the development of social justice educators through Initial Teacher Education, from a Scottish perspective.  This has allowed her to develop a deep interest in critical pedagogy and the role of care ethics in supporting the wellbeing of young people, through learning.  Her interest on the impact of inequalities of young people's health has led to her involvement in a national dental project for adolesecents.  

Research interests

Social Justice and Equity

Health and wellbeing

Curriculum design

Critical pedagogy

Ethics of Care and Love to support learning

Student Transitions in Higher Education

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Education, Learners’ sense of belonging and connectedness: a case study of teacher practice and perceptions in a Scottish secondary school.

Award Date: 1 Jun 2020


Award Date: 30 Jun 2017

Bachelor of Science, University of the West of Scotland

25 Sept 199130 Jun 1995

Award Date: 30 Jun 1995

External positions

Inclusion Network Convenor

29 Sept 2023 → …

GTCS Accreditor ITE, General Teaching Council for Scotland

24 May 2022 → …


  • LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
  • Social Justice
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Primary Education
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Ethics of Care
  • Teacher Education
  • Equity


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