Dr Lee Coutts

Teaching Fellow


Personal statement

Lee is the Associate Director for Postgraduate Research in the School of Education. He joined the University of Strathclyde's School of Education on a full-time basis in August 2019, having worked in the further and secondary education sectors for 13 years.  He completed his Masters and Doctorate in Education at Strathclyde.

Lee is a member of the PGDE Course Management Team and leads the Professional Practice (Secondary) module.  He coordinates the PGDE Business Education course and teaches on a variety of Undergraduate and Postgraduate modules, mainly in relation to education policy and teacher professional learning.  He Chairs the School's College Partnership Group and is leading the development of a new teaching qualification for College lecturers, to be introduced from August 2022.

Lee achieved Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE) status in October 2021.  

Prizes and awards

Senior Fellowship - Advance HE
Microsoft Innovative Education Expert
Microsoft Master Trainer
Apple Teacher
Microsoft Innovative Educator

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Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AdvanceHE)

Doctor of Education, University of Strathclyde 

Master of Education, University of Strathclyde

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Learning & Leadership, University of Stirling 

Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Business Studies and Professional Education, First Class & Distinction in Teaching, University of Stirling


Higher Business Management Course Notes : For SQA 2019 and Beyond
Coutts Lee
Explaining, framing and forming of the National Improvement Framework
Coutts Lee
Launch of the Strathclyde Doctoral School (2018)
National 5 business management course notes
Coutts Lee
Postgraduate Research Student Transitions beyond Strathclyde
Coutts Lee, Walker Victoria Mae, Savage Kathleen, Reid Campbell, Compton-Daw Emma
Higher Business Management Course Notes
Coutts Lee
National 5 Business Management Course Notes
Coutts Lee

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Associate Director of Postgraduate Research 

Member of the PGDE Course Management Team and PGDE Business Education Coordinator.

Leader of Professional Practice for all Secondary Education students. 

Module Leader:

  • X3814 Policy and Practice: Early Career Development
  • X7432 Policy and Politics in Education
  • X9585 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Business Education
  • X9575 Professional Skills: Professional Practice (Secondary Education)
  • EdD Thesis Preparation 


  • X9646 Methods of Enquiry, Literature and Scholarship 
  • X9645 Advanced Research Methods and Thesis Proposal
  • X9574 Professional Learning Through Enquiry
  • X9573 Educational Studies: Professional Values
  • X3952 Frameworks for Understanding Learning
  • Masters and Doctoral supervision

Other Roles:

  • Chair of the College Partnership Group 
  • EdD Admissions Selector 
  • PGDE Business Education Admissions Selector
  • School Library Representative 

Research interests

  • Education policy conceptions and policy analysis
  • Scottish education and curriculum policy
  • Transformative teaching and learning
  • Authentic assessment 
  • Further education and Scotland’s colleges

Professional activities

External Examiner - Newcastle College University Centre
External Examiner
College Development Network - Podcast
School of Education Doctorate Showcase (Autumn 2021)
SERA Teacher Education Network (External organisation)
HEA Fellowship Network 2021
School of Education Doctoral Showcase (Spring 2021)

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Evaluation of the School of Education Leadership Academy with Columba 1400
Coutts, Lee (Principal Investigator) Rivers, Ian (Co-investigator) Wickham, Paul (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2022
Skills perceptions of PhD Graduates Beyond University
Coutts, Lee (Principal Investigator) Walker, Victoria Mae (Principal Investigator)
This student-led project has constructed a picture of the skills and graduate attributes that former Postgraduate Research (PGRs) students perceive as valued by employers. The project has explored previous students’ perceptions of the strengths and skills gained during their PGR experience that helped them to secure employment, as well as the support they accessed during their studies when preparing for their transition beyond academia. Recommendations following this study include further training and support for students in areas where there are perceived skills gaps, and training for supervisors in supporting the personal development of PGR students.
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2017

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