Mrs Amanda Jane Corrigan

Principal Teaching Fellow


Personal statement

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

Amanda is Deputy Head of School with responsibility for taught courses and, before that, she was Associate Dean (Student Experience) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences from 2015 - 18.  In 2017-18 Amanda was Director of Quality Assurance in the School of Education following on from her time as 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.


Has expertise in:

    • Course development: pedaogogy, student support, assessment
    • Leadership in Higher Education
    • Member of the writing group that developed the current Professional Standards for teachers in Scotland (The General Teaching Council for Scotland)

    • Course Review - internal, national  and international

    • International Course Development - Malawi, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, China

    • Implementation and development of the use of social media for showcasing students' work and the work of the School of Education (see #StrathBA #StrathPGDE).

Prizes and awards

Strathclyder of the Year
Most Supportive Teacher (Winner)
Most Supportive Teacher (Winner)

More prizes and awards


Podcast #19 Meet a Team - Hidden Voices Network
Walker Samantha, Urquhart Mhairi, Corrigan Amanda Jane, Cassidy Claire
Seventy thousand hours in the community and counting : a new approach to practicum in initial teacher education
Corrigan Amanda
Primary–secondary transition
Corrigan Amanda Jane
Scottish Education Referendum (2013) (2013)
Biometric surveillance in schools : cause for concern or case for curriculum?
Bryce Tom, Nellis M, Corrigan Amanda Jane, Gallagher HG, Lee Peter, Sercombe H
Scottish Educational Review Vol 42, pp. 3-22 (2010)

More publications


•             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. 

Most recently Amanda gave a presentation on Reflections on International Collaborations during a Scoping Mission to China with the Department for International Trade.

Professional activities

Taking a Critical Approach to Educational Improvement
The TLC Network: Polmont Young Offenders Teaching the Teachers
教师作为改变的媒介:对于有效国际合作的反思 Teachers as Agents of Change: Reflections on effective international collaboration
INTO/Froebel College Conference, University of Maynooth
Keynote/plenary speaker
Scottish Teacher Enhancement Partnership Conference 2018
Scottish Teachers for Enhancing Practice 2017
Invited speaker

More professional activities


Year 2 TESOL placement - migrant children
MCCRORIE, Kathryn (Academic) Corrigan, Amanda Jane (Academic)
Working with a small group of year 2 education students prior to a TESOL placement. Content based around refugee/EAL children in Glasgow City schools.
Polmont Young Offenders Teaching the Teachers
Corrigan, Amanda Jane (Principal Investigator)
A group of young offenders on long term sentences took on the role of teachers for a class of PGDE students. The purpose of the project was to help new teachers hear the authentic voice of one group of young people in order to help them consider their own role in supporting marginalised pupils in school.
18-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2019
Teacher Education Students' Attitudes to an International Experience.
Santoro, Ninetta (Principal Investigator) Sosu, Edward (Co-investigator) Corrigan, Amanda Jane (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2013 - 01-Jan-2014
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
17-Jan-2011 - 22-Jan-2012

More projects