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Mrs Amanda Jane Corrigan

Senior Teaching Fellow

Education

Personal statement

Amanda Corrigan is Deputy Head and a Senior Teaching Fellow in the School of Education.  In June 2017 she was awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Amanda was Associate Dean (Student Experience) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences from 2015 - 18 where she developed a summer study skills programme to enhance the transition from year one to year two of the undergraduate programme.

In 2017-18 she was Director of Quality Assurance in the School and before that Director of Student Experience from 2015.  

Amanda is passionate about enhancing the student experience at the University of Strathclyde.  She has had success in recent years in developing innovative student-led professional development activities, including the Townhead Homework Club and the Children’s Library Club. The first year module she leads has been developed in line with research evidence to ensure the first year experience is structured to promote a positive transition into Strathclyde.

Amanda was Course Leader for the bachelor’s degree programmes in Primary Education from 2010 - 2014.  In response to the Donaldson Report, Teaching Scotland’s Future, she was responsible for overseeing the development of the BA (Hons) Primary Education programme which is part of the Humanities and Social Sciences framework for undergraduate students at the University.  This replaced the internationally recognised BEd programme at Strathclyde.

Amanda is responsible for leading the first year community placement. This placement allows BA students from across the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences to spend time working with children in a setting outwith the mainstream primary classroom.  To date, students on this module have contributed well in excess of 87k hours to the community and the University of Strathclyde has gained many new community partners.

Amanda also has a keen interest in the School of Education’s international work. She recently travelled to Lahore, Pakistan to launch a new Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Issues and Impact developed in partnership with the Crescent Model School.  She has been instrumental in enhancing opportunities for students to study and undertake practicum outwith the UK, particularly in the Netherlands, Sweden and Ireland. She has travelled to Malawi and Egypt to work with university partners to deliver professional development training and to support course design for initial teacher education.

Amanda teaches Primary Mathematics on the University’s initial teacher education courses.  Her focus on student confidence, mathematical content and pedagogical content knowledge to ensure an holistic approach to educating new teachers of mathematics is highly evaluated.

Amanda had been nominated in a range of categories over the past three years at the annual Student Association Teaching Excellence Awards.  She was presented with the award of Most Supportive Teacher in the University of Strathclyde in 2011 and 2013.  In 2014 she gained the University award of Strathclyder of the Year.

Expertise

Has expertise in:

    • Developed and delivered the opening two weeks of the Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Issues and Impact for the Crescent School in Lahore, Pakistan (July 2018)
    • Member of the writing group for the review of the Professional Standards for The General Teaching Council for Scotland (2012)

    • Member of the GTCS Review Panel for PGDE Primary Education at the University of Edinburgh (2012)

    • Review of the Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education at Froebel College, National University of Ireland (2012)

    • Development of the B.Ed. programme at the University of Malawi – a two year top-up programme for teacher trainers.  Teaching trips to Malawi to teach at the University and research trips across Malawi to interview staff at the teacher training colleges (from 2007).

    • Implementation and development of the use of social media on the University's Undergraduate Primary Education programmes (see #StrathBEd #StrathBA).

Prizes and awards

Strathclyder of the Year
Recipient
28/6/2014
Most Supportive Teacher (Winner)
Recipient
8/5/2013
Most Supportive Teacher (Winner)
Recipient
21/5/2011

more prizes and awards

Teaching

•             Primary Mathematics for undergraduate and postgraduate initial teacher education programmes

•             Pedagogy and preparation for placement

•             Personal and professional development planning; Reflective practice

•             Academic programmes for international students studying on undergraduate Education degrees

Research interests

Amanda has presented her work on devolved leadership and student-led professional development at a range of professional conferences over recent years, including conferences hosted by the Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers; Holyrood - Teacher Education; The Higher Education Academy - Enhancement Themes; Association for Chartered Teachers in Scotland (ACTS).

Her work with students to promote a culture of creativity and to provide wide ranging opportunities for student-led professional development activities has been described as ‘sector leading’ by external stakeholders. 

Professional activities

INTO/Froebel College Conference, University of Maynooth
Keynote/plenary speaker
14/4/2018
Scottish Teacher Enhancement Partnership Conference 2018
Speaker
17/3/2018
Scottish Teachers for Enhancing Practice 2017
Invited speaker
18/3/2017
Four Countries Conference
Participant
3/3/2017
General Teaching Council for Scotland National Probation Event
Participant
17/6/2016
13th Annual Enhancement Themes Conference
Speaker
9/6/2016

more professional activities

Projects

Member of the Writing Group for the General Teaching Council for Scotland's Standards Working Group
Corrigan, Amanda Jane (Academic)
Creation of the Standards for Provisional and Full Registration for Scotland's teachers
Period 17-Nov-2011 - 22-Jun-2012
Teacher Education Students' Attitudes to an International Experience.
Sosu, Edward (Co-investigator) Corrigan, Amanda Jane (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2013 - 01-Nov-2014

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