Nikki Doig

Doig, Nikki



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I am a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education in the School of Humanities, Social Science and Law. In addition to teaching responsibility across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, I am Curriculum and Assessment Convener on the MA (Hons) Primary Education where I oversee the student learning journey. I also lead on the International Baccalaureate (IB), supporting students following the IB Pathway through their MAEd.

I joined the University of Dundee after a decade working in primary education as class teacher, principal teacher and acting depute head teacher, during which time I gained teaching experience of all stages from pre-school to primary 7 in schools in East Renfrewshire and Angus. 

With a first degree in Dramatic Studies from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (now RCS) in 1998 and a very brief career as an actress, my subject specialism is Drama in the Primary School. In 2022 I gained an MEd in Learning and Teaching in the Performing Arts from the RCS.

Prior to studying a PGDE in Primary Education at the University of Dundee, from which I graduated with Merit in 2006, I gained an MSc in Public Relations from the University of Stirling where I was awarded a full ESRC Scholarship. Graduating in 2002, I worked briefly in the private sector before moving in to teaching.


I currently teach across a variety of curriculum and pedagogy modules on the MA Primary Education and PGDE Primary Education and programmes. 

I am passionate about dramatic inquiry and the ways drama can enhance learning across the curriculum. My drama expertise informs the work I do to support student teachers with use of voice and classroom presence. 

I am module leader for the MA2 module Learning and Teaching for Sustainability and a member of the national working group Learning for Sustainability in Initial Teacher Education.


My research centres on teacher confidence, drama in education and learning beyond subject boundaries.

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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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