Mr Graham Murdoch

Lecturer

Education

Personal statement

I joined the University in 1992 and I'm currently a lecturer in the School of Education where I specialise in Technological Education within the PGDE course. The University of Strathclyde is responsible for training approximately half of the Design and Technology teachers in Scotland.

In addition to teaching on the PGDE course I am currently the manager of the fablab at Stathclyde, an open access digital manufacturing resource which is currently housed within the School of Education.

I also teach traditional woodworking skills through our Centre for Lifelong Learning.

Expertise

Has expertise in:

    • Design and Technological Education within Scottish Secondary Schools
    • Digital manufacturing techniques
    • Traditional Craft techniques as used in Scottish Schools
    • Health and Safety within a Design and Technology work area

Projects

MUSE: Models of University and Schools Engagement
Bedford, Tim (Principal Investigator) Angus, Michael (Academic) Clark, Andrew (Academic) Haw, Mark (Academic) Jamieson, Jonathan (Academic) Gibson, Ann-Marie (Academic) Leckie, Joy Susan (Academic) McIvor, Arthur (Academic) McMichan, Lauren (Academic) McMichan, Lauren (Academic) Murdoch, Graham (Academic) Newlands, Emma (Academic) Pratt, Judith (Academic) Ross, Kirsty (Academic) Rowe, David (Academic) Marlow, Marion (Academic) Thomson, David (Academic) Marshall, Stephen (Co-investigator) Mulholland, Anthony (Co-investigator) Nash, David (Co-investigator) Wilson, Alastair (Co-investigator)
This project aims to explore how substance misuse affects the brain and how this leads to changes in mood and behaviour. It will synergise with and enhance the Health and Wellbeing curriculum area of the Curriculum for Excellence. In the first year of this project, a multidisciplinary team of Strathclyde researchers led by Professor Judith Pratt have established a link with a secondary school and its associated feeder school. It is envisaged that this vertically integrated approach will contribute to supporting the transition between primary and secondary school and enable the secondary pupils to become mentors for the primary pupils. In discussion with teachers the specific drugs for the project have been established based upon their impact on society and legal status; alcohol, tobacco and cannabis. Senior pupils (S3) have been selected based upon the criteria that they would benefit most from being introduced to the value of research as a knowledge building tool. To date the team of an early career researcher and established researchers have led on an interactive workshop with the primary (P7) and S3 pupils to discuss how drugs affect brain function, mood and behaviour. Pupils have also been introduced to the concept of how drugs may highjack the brain reward system which may lead to addiction. Armed with this information, pupils have been provided with research weblinks by Strathclyde researchers. Pupils will work in teams to further research a particular drug and produce a poster of their findings with guidance from Strathclyde researchers and teachers. Additionally S3 pupil will visit the Strathclyde Fabrication lab to produce models of the brain. Pupils will present their findings to parents and the wider school community at Strathclyde campus events.
Period 01-Jan-2013 - 31-Dec-2016

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