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Mr Alastair Wilson

Senior Research Fellow


Personal statement

Employment experience

1998-2004  Research fellow, Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow

2004-present Senior Research Fellow, School of Education, University of Strathclyde

Current research projects include:

  • Developing community based mentoring for young people experiencing socio-economic disadvantage;
  • creeating school-based resources to increase understanding of people with learning disabilities;
  • young people with learning difficulties' experience of anxiety and depression;
  • developing literacy support for young people in areas of social/economic disadvantage.

Developing research:

  • The potential of mentoring for children in families recovering from addiction;
  • understanding schools and disadvantage – implications for school costs and community development;
  • developing the use of new technologies in learning;
  • the experience of mental health within higher education.

Alastair is the course director for the MSc in Applied Educational & Social Research and currently teaches research methods on a range of postgraduate courses.  He supervises 6 PhD students (including 2 ESRC studentships) working in the area of education, employment and social justice.  Alastair is currently a member of the school research strategy group with responsibility PGR and research training development.


The role of intergenerational relationships in challenging educational inequality : improving participation of working-class pupils in higher education
Hunter Katie, Wilson Alastair, McArthur Katherine
Journal of Intergenerational Relationships Vol 16, pp. 5-25, (2018)
Mentor suitability and mentoring relationship quality : lessons from the Glasgow Intergenerational Mentoring Network
McArthur Katherine, Wilson Alastair, Hunter Katie
Journal of Community Psychology, (2016)
Reaching All Children : Developing Inclusive Music Education
Moscardini Lio, Wilson Alastair, Holstein Jenny, Moscardini McKenna Chiara
Mentoring into higher education : a useful addition to the landscape of widening access to higher education?
Wilson Alastair, Hunter Katie, Spohrer Konstanze, Brunner Richard, Beasley Anna
Scottish Educational Review Vol 46, pp. 18-35, (2014)
Who gets to play? Investigating equity in musical instrument instruction in Scottish primary schools
Moscardini Lio, Barron David , Wilson Alastair
International Journal of Inclusive Education Vol 17, pp. 646-662, (2013)
Glow or glimmer? A case study of ICT innovation in a Scottish secondary school
Wilson Alastair, McKinney Stephen
Scottish Educational Review Vol 44, pp. 57-69, (2012)

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A school based intervention to promote understanding of people with learning disabilities: preparing teachers to deliver the resources
Wilson, Alastair (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Nov-2015 - 30-Jun-2018
Strathclyde - ESRC Standard Research Transition Standard Competition Dtg | Brown, Wendy
Wilson, Alastair (Principal Investigator) MacIntyre, Gillian (Co-investigator) Brown, Wendy (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2009 - 01-Feb-2013
Wilson, Alastair (Principal Investigator) Sime, Daniela (Co-investigator) Hunter, Katie (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2009 - 01-Oct-2012
Intergenerational mentoring for LAC - Looked After Children RSM
Wilson, Alastair (Principal Investigator) Hunter, Katie (Researcher)
Period 01-Feb-2014 - 31-Jan-2016
Glasgow intergenerational mentoring network
Wilson, Alastair (Principal Investigator) Hunter, Katie (Researcher)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 31-Dec-2017
Roberts Funding / Skills Training / RA4535
Wilson, Alastair (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2004 - 31-Oct-2013

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