Cunningham, Helen



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Helen teaches on both the MA and MEd degrees. With a specialism in International Education, she leads modules on International Baccalaureate Practicum (undergraduate) and Reflection Upon Leadership in the International Baccalaureate (postgraduate).

Additionally, she supervises student dissertations at Masters level and student theses at undergraduate level, and also contributes to Masters modules on Leadership and International Education.


Helen's work has moved between teaching and education liaison, always consistent with her interest in international education. 

Initially, Helen taught within Primary Education for 11 years, in schools in England, Italy, Egypt and Malaysia.

In 2008 Helen moved to the University of Dundee to take an operational lead on international educational liaison and international student recruitment in Asia. After a family career break from 2015, Helen was eager to return to the University of Dundee in 2019 as Lecturer and Researcher in the School of Education and Social Work.

Her teaching and research focus is on international education and curriculum internationalisation. She also works within the International Office on Regional Planning, and is a member of the Working Group on Viewpoint Diversity.

Research interests

  • Curriculum Internationalisation
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Institutional Internationalisation
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Frontline Implementer Standpoint
  • Policy Implementation

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

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Education, Adopting an ACEs-Aware Approach: Examining Challenges and Successes in Scottish Primary Schools

Award Date: 14 Nov 2019

Bachelor of Education, Indoctrination and Religious Pluralism in the Primary School, University of Exeter

Award Date: 6 Dec 1996


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