Dr Dean Robson

Dr Dean Robson
Dr Dean Robson
Dr Dean Robson

PhD, BSc (Hons : 1st Class), PGCert in T&L in HE, FHEI

Senior Lecturer

Accepting PhDs

Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 274621
Office Address

Room 629 School of Education University of Aberdeen MacRobert Building 6th Floor King's College Aberdeen AB24 5UA Tel: 44 (0) 1224 274621

School of Education


Professional Career

2015-date : Senior Lecturer, School of Education

2008-2015: Lecturer, School of Education

2006-2008: Senior Research Fellow, School of Education

2003-2006: Professional Officer (Research and Development), GTCS

1990-2003: Lecturer (Physical Sciences), Heriot-Watt University

1987-1990: Research Assistant, The Scottish College of Textiles


Academic Qualifications

1987 BSc (Hons : 1st Class) in Physics, University of Dundee

1995 PhD , Heriot-Watt University

2002 PGCert in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, Napier University


Professional Qualifications

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA

GTCS Registered Teacher (Further Education : Physics and Mathematics)



Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Courses Co-ordinator

Student Progress Convener

External Memberships

External Examiner, MSc. Enhanced Practice in Education (EPiE), School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow.

MA External Examiner, Faculty of Education, University of Malta. 

Programme Validation, Higher Education & Training Awards Council, Ireland.

Latest Publications

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Research Overview

Teacher preparation & social inequality.
Continuing professional learning and development, partnership and mentoring.
Professional enquiry and action research, evidence-based practice.
Secondary educational data analysis, quantitative techniques.

Supervision of Masters and PhD level students to successful completion. Supervised PhD research topics include: learning environments, student and teacher capabilities and beliefs, mathematics teacher preparation and poverty, school micropolitics, secondary data analysis (student recruitment, attainment and achievement, teacher characteristics). Details in Supervision section below. 



Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Education.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Education Policy
  • Education Studies
  • Higher Education
  • Primary Teaching
  • Professional Practice in Education

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Current Research

Teacher Preparation Research Group (poverty and social inequality)

European perspectives on new teacher support and mentoring. 



Collaboration with other Scottish TEIs through the Scottish Attainment Challenge Project (Scottish Council of Deans funded by the Scottish Government)  

Collaborations with colleagues in Denmark, Norway and Malta exploring new teacher support. 

Collaborative activity with personnel at partner local authorities. Academic support for practitioner enquiry initiatives developed for induction year teachers. 


My current supervision areas are: Education.


Completed PhD Supervision (year of successful completion) 

Anna Teitz. The micropolitical experiences of student teachers  (2023)

Laura Puhalak.  Equality of student teachers’ first year experiences in Initial Teacher Education: a capability perspective  (2023)

Tugcem Sahin.  Enhancing Initial Teacher Education approaches to teaching mathematics in socio- economically diverse settings (2022)

Assel Zhakim. Pre-school children’s development of literacy in home learning environments in Kazakh families (2022)

Archangelo Yambeni. An investigation of how students’ achievement during entrance examinations correlates with their actual academic achievement in higher education in Malawi using Domasi College of Education as a case (2020)

Maxwell Nyatsikor. Connecting the Ghanaian Primary school teacher characteristics to pupil achievement in National Educational Assessment (2019)

Prince Armah. Teaching mathematical problem solving in Ghana: Teacher beliefs, intentions and behaviour (2015)

Rim Mouawad. Impact of participatory appreciative reflective inquiry within destiny learning on self-development of Lebanese special educators. (2013) 

Rachel Shanks.  How induction year teachers in Scotland learn in the workplace. (2012)

Noah Elassy.  Student involvement in the Quality Assurance Process in Higher Education Institutions. (2012)


Teaching Responsibilities

Introduction to Inclusive Teaching 1&2 (MA1)

Sustainable International Development (Sixth Century)

Professional Project 3 (BAPD) 

Professional Project (MA4)

Professional Enquiry 1 (MA4)

Informing Professional Practice (PGDE)

Connecting the Curriculum : Mathematics (PGDE)

Masters Project / Dissertation (PGT) 

PhD research methods seminars

PhD Supervision (PGR)


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