Rachel is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education. She researches professional learning, community learning and development and e-learning. She is Co-Convenor of the Open Learning network of the European Educational Research Association and is on the governing body of the Scottish Educational Research Association. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Rachel previously had a varied career in research and education including positions as a freelance researcher; law lecturer; and as a lifelong learning organiser.