Sangster, Paola


  • Senior Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship), Education
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Personal profile


Paola Sangster was born in Dundee, and showed an early interest in music. In 1990, she moved to Glasgow to studied music at the RSAMD after which she taught in an independent school in Glasgow as a primary and secondary school music teacher for 13 years. In 2003, Paola was appointed Director of Music at the school. On returning to her home-town of Dundee, Paola embarked upon the PGDE Primary course to broaden her experience and qualifications in other curricular areas. In August 2008 she became lecturer in music in primary education at the University of Dundee and later, Programme Director for the PGDE Primary/Secondary Programme (a role which she held for 5 years), then was appointed Head of Taught Postgraduate Studies in ESW.  In January 2020, Paola took on the role of Discipline Lead Teacher Education.  Paola is also keen to promote musical extra-curricular activities and runs the Staff/Student School of Education and Social Work Choir which performs annually at Christmas in the University of Dundee Chaplaincy Centre.  Paola's research interests include gender issues in Initial Teacher Education, which was a focus for her Masters' dissertation in 2015.  She is also interested in the impact of music on literacy and wellbeing in the primary classroom and on practitioners teaching in higher education. More recently, Paola has been working with Wendee White on a study of the experience of PGDE students during a year of COVID.


Education/Academic qualification

Master of Education

Sep 201119 Nov 2015

Award Date: 19 Nov 2015

External positions

External Examiner, University of Aberdeen

Sep 2019Jul 2023

External Examiner, University of the Highlands and Islands

Sep 2018Jul 2022
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