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Mrs Linda Brownlow

Head Of School

School of Education

Personal statement

I have worked at the University of Strathclyde and in Initial Teacher Education since 1989. Having completed an MA (French & German) at the University of Glasgow, I then studied for a PGCE (P) at Jordanhill College of Education ( now the School of Education at University of Strathclyde). I subsequently gained a Special Qualification in Infant Education from St Andrew's College ( now University of Glasgow). Prior to my appointment at the University of Strathclyde, I taught throughout all stages of the primary school.

During my primary teaching career, my particular interests were in Curriculum Development and Literacy, including Modern Languages in the Primary School. Since joining the university I have maintained my interest in Literacy, contributing widely to module teaching and development in this area, as well as developing an interest and expertise in the field of Enterprise/Entrepreneurial Education.

From 2010 until 2015 I was Course Leader for PGDE. I had overall responsibility for the course (700-800+ students). This included co-ordinating and leading the selection process for all applicants and making final decision regarding offers to the course. I was responsible for the design of the course, regularly reviewing this and working with colleagues to make changes as appropriate. I coordinated timetables, staffing and documentation as well as taking responsibility for quality assurance. I encouraged new and innovative methods and regularly discuseds this with staff and students. I coordinated reviews of students’ progress, meeting students on a one-to-one basis where required and also provided pastoral support to both students and staff. The course is highly regarded at a national level.  In 2015 I led the course through a review and accreditation where the University and General Teaching Council for Scotland commended the research-informed nature of the new course, the innovative approaches, distinctive features and the outstanding student experience,

I am currently in my second term as Deputy Head of the School of Education,.

Professional activities

Various groups
PGDE and Masters ( PAM)
Response to the Scottish Government Governance Review of Education
Open University (External organisation)
Scottish Government Workforce Planning Advisory Group
University of the Highlands and Islands
Visiting researcher

more professional activities


Strathclyde Enhanced Partnership Initiative
Brownlow, Margaret (Principal Investigator)
During 2012-15, I was a key member of the Steering Group for the Strathclyde Enhanced Partnership Initiative (SEPI), making a full contribution to its development and implementation. This took forward the recommendations of Teaching Scotland’s Future (2011). Evaluation of the initiative highlighted considerable successes and it was adapted as standard practice within the West Partnership authorities.
Period 01-Sep-2012 - 01-Sep-2015
Enterprising Global Citizen
Brownlow, Margaret (Principal Investigator)
This was a highly successful two-day training programme planned in collaboration with staff from UNICEF, Scottish Executive, Careers Scotland, Learning and Teaching Scotland. Delivery with member of UNICEF staff to most education authorities in Scotland, with requests for repeated input. This also involved two visits to Malawi to work with pupils, student teachers at University of Malawi (Chancellor College, Zomba) and practising teachers
Period 01-Sep-2003 - 01-Sep-2008
Ethco- Scotland: An Ethical Future in a Global Economy
Brownlow, Margaret (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jul-2010 - 01-Jul-2013
European Workshop for Educators of Teachers on Entrepreneurship Education
Brownlow, Margaret (Academic)
EC conference on Entrepreneurship Education, led by European Commission's Directorate Generals for Enterprise and Industry, and Education and Culture
Period 27-Sep-2012 - 29-Sep-2012
ETHCO Your Future: An Ethical Scotland in a Global Economy
Brownlow, Margaret (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2008 - 31-Mar-2011

more projects


School of Education
Lord Hope Building

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