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.
- 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.