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Campbell, Louise


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Louise Campbell was a Teacher of English in Scottish secondary schools for more than a decade. She joined the University of Edinburgh as a Teaching Fellow in 2016, specialising in Educational Studies, then moved to the University of Dundee as a Lecturer in Education in 2018.  

During her time at the University of Dundee, she has taught across a range of modules and programmes, including:

  • Supervisor for Doctoral research
  • Tutor for the ‘Reflecting upon Practice’ module of the Master of Education (MEd) programme and marker for other modules
  • Supervisor for MEd dissertations 
  • Tutor and Lecturer for Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programme
  • Lead Tutor for PGDE Secondary English
  • Tutor for the Teaching Qualification for Further Education (TQFE) programme
  • Tutor for MA in Education programme, including dissertation supervision

She has also undertaken leadership roles including:

  • PGDE (Secondary) Convenor
  • Pathway lead for PGCE (Secondary) Supported Induction Route
  • Joint Module Leader for ‘Critical Review of Literature and Practice’ module on the Professional Doctorate programme

Currently, she is:

  • Module Lead for MA3 Research and the Teacher
  • Module Lead for M.Ed Research Methods for Professional Inquiry
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead for the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law.

Between Spring 2022 and Summer 2023, Louise worked with the General Teaching Council for Scotland, supporting the teaching profession’s understanding of and engagement with the General Teaching Council for Scotland’s Professional Standards. During this time, she was involved with a range of policy initiatives affecting Scottish education, including:

  • The Hayward Review of Qualifications and Assessment
  • The Scottish Government’s National Advisory Group for Research in Scottish Education
  • The Scottish Government’s Learning for Sustainability Refreshed Action Plan Leadership Group
  • The Scottish Government’s Learning Together Steering Group
  • Education Scotland's Children's Rights and Participation Network
  • Education Scotland's Strategic Framework for Parental Involvement, Parental Engagement, Family Learning and Learning from Home

She has been external advisor to the Teaching Council (Ireland), for their accreditation of a suite of teacher education programmes at University College Cork.

She is currently External Examiner for the University of Glasgow's M.Educ. Year 5 courses.

She is also a member of the editorial board for 'Improving Schools'.


Louise undertakes both empirical research and conceptual/philosophical work that focuses on the professional learning of teachers across various domains. Recent research projects have included:

  • The development of a theoretical framework for enhancing professional empathy for collective or setting-wide professional development. 
  • An investigation of student teachers' preparedness for meeting their responsibilities for literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing.
  • A longitudinal project to track student teachers' pedagogical development in relation to health and wellbeing through their initial teacher education and induction years (in partnership with colleagues at both the University of Dundee and the University of Edinburgh). 
  • Participatory research, working with a group of colleagues, to investigate experiences of moving from the professional practice environment into the higher education sector. 

Research interests

Louise's research interests focus broadly on educators' professional development and the influences on their pedagogies.

She is open to supervision enquiries from doctoral candidates with an interest in:

  • The influence of policy on teachers' practice
  • Teachers' identity formation
  • Professionalism / professional values
  • Pedagogies relating to 21st century skills/transversal competencies
  • Learning for Sustainability 
  • Learning environments

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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Secondary English), University of Edinburgh

1 Sept 20041 Jun 2005

Award Date: 1 Jun 2005

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Westminster

Award Date: 1 Aug 2000

Bachelor of Arts, English Studies (1st Class), University of Westminster

Award Date: 1 Jun 1995

External positions

External Examiner, University of Glasgow

1 Jan 2024 → …

Professional Recognition Panel Member, General Teaching Council for Scotland

2023 → …

External Advisor



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