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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.


Talking about learning disability : promoting positive perceptions of people with intellectual disabilities in Scottish schools
Maguire Roseann, Wilson Alastair, Jahoda Andrew
International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, (2018)
Intergenerational Mentoring and Widening Participation in Higher Education
Wilson Alastair, Hunter Katie, McArthur Katie
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)

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Mentoring research & development
Wilson, Alastair (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2018 - 30-Apr-2018
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 - 28-Feb-2019
Strathclyde - ESRC Standard Research Transition Standard Competition Dtg | Brown, Wendy
Wilson, Alastair (Principal Investigator) MacIntyre, Gillian (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

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