Dr Graeme Nixon

Dr Graeme Nixon
MA, BD, PGCE, PHd

Senior Lecturer (Scholarship)

Overview
Dr Graeme Nixon
Dr Graeme Nixon

Contact Details

Telephone
work +44 (0)1224 274644
Email
Address
The University of Aberdeen Room 523 School of Education University of Aberdeen MacRobert Building 5th Floor King's College Aberdeen AB24 5UA t: +44 (0)1224 274644 e: g.nixon@abdn.ac.uk

Studies in Mindfulness postgraduate programme:

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/education/degrees-programmes/studies-in-mindfulness-pgcertpgdipmsc-407.php

Recent paper on the Aberdeen Mindfulness MSc programme (August 2016):

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02643944.2015.1127990.

Recent paper on Religious Education Association website (October 2015):

http://www.religiouseducation.net/re/v110n1 

Recent paper on parental withdrawal of children from RE:

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01416200.2016.1161597.

April 2015, 3 RME Professional Dialogue papers published by Education Scotland: 

Using religious & cultural artefacts in RME: http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/resources/p/professionaldialogueinrme/artefacts.asp

visiting sites of religious & cultural interest in RME: http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/resources/p/professionaldialogueinrme/visitingsites.asp

using visiting speakers in RME: http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/resources/p/professionaldialogueinrme/visitingspeakers.asp

Biography

MA Philosophy (University of Edinburgh) 1987-1990

BD Ecclesiastical History (University of Glasgow) 1991-1994

PGCE Religious Education (University of Strathclyde) 1994-1995

Teacher and Principal teacher of RMPS 1995-2005

PHd (University of Aberdeen) 2012

Interests:

  • Mindfulness
  • Hillwalking
  • Rugby
  • Cricket
Research

Research Interests

  • The Emergence of Philosophy in Religious Education
  • Secularisation and education
  • The impact of faculty management structures on secondary schools
  • Faith education
  • Comparative studies in Religious Education
  • Thinking skills approaches in schools
  • Mindfulness in education
  • Religious Observance in Scottish education
  • Mindfulness; secular and/or spiritual?
  • The sanitisation of religion in education
  • Using e-portfolios in initial teacher education

Current Research

PhD (completion Sept 2011); what factors have influenced the emergence of philosophy in Scottish secondary school Religious Education?

Mindfulness in Schools

The student and probationer experience of faculty style management structures in Scottish secondary schools

Mindfulness and reflective teaching

Mindfulness as secular analogue for religious experience in the Religious Education classroom

The conscience clause and Religious Education. How often are children withdrawn and why?

Mindfulness in Contexts(s); the perfect storm for mindfulness?

Religious Education in an age of Diversity (READY): European project looking at preparation for teachers of Religious Education in multiuple jurisdictions and how facilitate safe dialogic space in the RE classroom

Schools and the santising of religion

Collaborations

Erasmus Plus project Religious Education and Diversity (READY) is a three year European Union project involving universities of Aberdeen, UCL, Karlstadt, Vienna and Tuebingen, as well as the Comenius Institute. This project aims to develop approaches to teaching about and training for dealing diversity in classrooms.

http://www.readyproject.eu/

Currently collaborating with Dr Jo Pearce at University College London on a series of papers about the sanitising of religion in schools; qualifications for Religious Education teaching, and purpose of Religious Education.

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

Supervision

Currently supervising 7 PhD and 20 Masters students

 

Teaching

Programme Director for MSc Programme Studies in Mindfulness (teaching and co-ordinating courses ED505A Mindfulness, ED555B Compassion, ED505L Insight and ED555J Professional Enquiry)

Subject leader for all RME/RMPS inputs across MA and PGDE programmes

Course co-ordinator for MA3 Professional Focus Elective 'Belief in Scotland'

Course co-ordinator and lead lecturer for MA1 What Makes Us Human? (Ed1545)

Tutor on Thinking Skills elective courses within PGDE and BEd programmes

CPD co-ordinator for RME/RMPS and thinking skills

Joint course co-ordinator for MA2 What Makes Us Human (Ed2056)

 

Further Info

External Responsibilities

Peer Reviewer for Religious Education (Journal) (2018)

External Examiner for Dublin City University (2016)

Peer Reviewer for Religious Education (Journal) (2015)

Key Witness for Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life (April 2015, University of Glasgow)

Initial Teacher Education representative on National Forum for RE/RME (2015)

Peer Reviewer for ESRC (2014)

Reviewer for Journal of Language and Intercultural Communication (2013)

Reviewer for Scottish Educational Review (Journal) (2013)

Consultant on Monitoring Standards process for Scottish Qualfications Authority (February 2013)

Member of RME Reference group as part of Education Scotland's Curriculum Impact Project (November 2012)

External Review member for Irish Teaching Council review of St Patrick's Teaching College, Thurles (2012)

Member of editorial review board of Leadership and Policy Quarterly (July 2012)

Writer of RMPS materials for Education Scotland on the Dalai Lama and Aung San Suu Kyi (for senior secondary pupils) (2012) Weblink:https://education.gov.scot/improvement/Documents/rme14-buddhism.pdf  

External Examiner for University of Strathclyde (BEd1 RME, Health and Well-being and electives) (2011-14)

External Review member for Irish Teaching Council review of Mater Dei Institute, Dublin (2011)

Scottish representative on European Forum for Teachers of Religious Education (2010 - present)

Convener of Scottish Joint Comittee for Religious and Moral Education curriculum group (2008 - 2014)

SQA marker for Higher RMPS (2001 - 2015)

Member of Curricular Area Review Group (CARG) for Religious and Moral Education (2010 - 2013)

Writer of subject summary material for CfE review (SQAm 2010)

Writer of exemplar material for Religious Observance review (2007)

External Examiner for RMPS inputs at the University of Edinburgh (2006-2009) 

General Teaching Council (Scotland) member of accreditation team for University of Glasgow (MA in Religous Education) (2005)

Admin Responsibilities

Programme Director MSc Studies in Mindfulness

Subject leader for all RME/RMPS inputs across MA and PGDE programmes

Course co-ordinator for MA3 Professional Focus Elective 'Belief in Scotland'

Course co-ordinator and lead lecturer for MA1 What Makes Us Human? (Ed1545)

Tutor on Thinking Skills elective courses within PGDE and BEd programmes

CPD co-ordinator for RME/RMPS and thinking skills

Press articles, curricular guidance materials and Book Reviews

 

Conference presentations

  

Date

    

  

Venue

  

  

Conference/event  title

    

  

Presentation/workshop title

  

September 2017

University of Sussex

British Educational Research Association Conference

Schools and Sanitising Religion (joint paper with Drs David Smith and Jo Pearce (UCL)

June 2017

Samye Ling

Mindfulness Association bi-annual conference - Mindfulness in Society, Changing the World one Mind at a Time

Secular Mindfulness?

June 2017

University of Tuebingen

Seminar on European Religious Education

Religious and Moral Education in Scotland (joint paper with Dr David Smith)

June and August 2017

Beijing

Thinking Skills trainings for Chinese secondary teachers

Critical Thinking Skills in the secondary school

April 2017

Dublin

Ireland International Conference on Education (IICE)

The Religious Education and Diversity Project (READY) – an overview

February 2017

York

Compassionate Wellbeing conference

Mindfulness and Spirituality

November 2016

Alford Academy

Mindfulness in Education (Aberdeenshire Schools CPD event)

An introduction to mindfulness

January 2015 and April 2016

University of Aberdeen

Health and Well-being day

An introduction to mindfulness

November 2015

Edinburgh City Council

Mindfulness in Schools

The Emergence of Mindfulness in Education – An Overview

 October 2015

Nairn 

 Northern Alliance Annual Conference

 Mindfulness and Empowerment

August 2013

University of Malmo, Sweden

European Forum for Teachers of Religious Education Tri-annual conference – Religion and Relationships

Mindfulness, self-compassion and the anatomy of love

May 2013

University of Aberdeen

Managing Change in Community Development MOOC

Mindfulness and Resilience in Community Development

March 2013

St George’s School, Edinburgh

Scottish Council for Independent Schools conference   on Religious and Moral Education

Mindfulness, Compassion and Religious Education

January 2013

Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Secular Society Meeting

RME/RMPS – an overview of Scottish practice

October 2012

University of Edinburgh

Scottish Joint Committee for Religious and Moral   Education annual conference

Assessment in RME – the Case for.

August 2012

St Patrick’s College, Dublin

Developing reflective teachers. CPD for 30 academic   staff

Developing Reflective practice in the BEd   programme

June 2012

University of Dundee

Engendering Dialogue III -Pedagogical Encounters: Feminist Philosophy and Education

Mindfulness, relationality and pedagogy

March 2012

Stranmillis University College, Belfast

European Forum for Teachers of Religious   Education Board Meeting

Mindfulness as a secular analogue for religious   experience

March 2012

University of West of Scotland

Youth in Crisis Conference

Paper: Mindfulness as a Thinking Skill for a   Distracted Generation

March 2012

Glasgow

Scottish Humanist Society meeting

RME/RMPS – the Scottish situation

 October 2011

University of Edinburgh 

 Scottish Joint Committee on Religious and   Moral Education Annual Conference

Paper and workshop on Mindfulness as a Thinking   Skill 

May 2011

University of Aberdeen

Educational Institute for Scotland and University   Aberdeen CPD event on Health and Well-being

Keynote speaker: Mindfulness in Education

May 2011

North West University, South Africa

International KOERS conference on world views and   education

Paper on the emergence of philosophy in Scottish   secondary school Religious Education

April 2011

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh International Science Festival

Guest speaker during forum discussing 'Creeping   creationism' in Scottish education

May 2010

Churches, House, Dunblane

Association of Teachers of RE in Scotland annual   conference

The emergence of philosophy in RE in Scottish   secondary schools

November 2009

Dundee

HMIE good practice event for RE

Developing religious literacy using philosophy   for children and mindfulness

October 2009

University of Aberdeen

School of Education staff forum

Using De Bono's Hats to structure an analysis of   critical thinking in the School of Education

October 2009

Samye Ling Buddhist monastery

Buddhism for teachers

Teaching Buddhism in Higher RMPS

September 2009

Glasgow

HMIE event for Initial Teacher educators in   Religious Education

Update on research into the emergence of   philosophy in RE

May 2009

Museum of Religion, Glasgow

Scottish Interfaith Council

Religious and Moral Education; the Personal   Search and Curriculum for Excellence

 

November 2008

Perth

Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA)   annual conference

The Move   to Faculty Middle Management Structures   in Scottish Secondary Schools; A Case Study 

August 2008

University of Edinburgh

Scottish Joint Committee for Religious and Moral   Education annual conference

Thinking skills and the Curriculum for Excellence

August 2008

University of Kent, Canterbury

European Association for Research in Learning and   Instruction (EARLI)

The impact of Postmodernity on teaching within   the context of Religious Education.

November 2007

Perth

Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA)   annual conference

Social Theory, Secularisation and the changing   educational paradigm as factors in the emergence of Philosophy in schools.   Reflections on a pilot study of Religious Education in one local authority.

November 2007

Perth

Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA)   annual conference

A conceptual background to the use of Actor   Network Theory as a lens by which to analyse School Experience (as part of   Scottish Teachers for a New Era symposium).

September 2007

Glasgow

HMIE event for Initial Teacher educators in   Religious Education

From RE to RMPS; the case for change

May 2007

University of Aberdeen

CASS Moving Forward conference

The Emergence of Philosophy in Scottish Schools

November 2006

Perth

Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA)   annual conference

A review of Religious Education guidelines as   evidence for a move towards increasingly philosophical approaches to the   subject.

Research Funding

  • Religious Observance tender - bid and leadership (November 2006 – March 2007). Successful tendering for a bid to write exemplar material for Learning and Teaching Scotland and leadership of the writing team to create 18 assembly exemplars for the primary and secondary sectors. The tender was worth £15,422.
  • Scottish Joint Committee for Religious and Moral Education. Successful bid for £2498.10 to support writing of paper and research into the issue of withdrawal from Religious and Moral Education in Scotland.
  • Religious Education and Diversity in Europe: Erasmus Plus - Share of €275,506. Three year project working with 5 European partner institutions

 

Supervision

PHd Supervision

David Di Domenico - Multiculturalism and Nurse Education

Kathryn Anderson - Mindfulness and Hospital Chaplaincy

Jane Kellock - The experience of mindfulness, a phenomenological study

Debbie Banks - Mindfulness and Nursing

Heather MacKenzie - Mindfulness in Scottish secondary schools

Jennifer Obbard - Nature Connectedness

MSc Supervision

Currently have 17 Masters supervisess

Graduated (a sample):

Graduated

Surname

Name

Dissertation   Title

Jun-13

Bertram-Smith

Norton

An assessment into how mindfulness learning contributes to

developing authentic leadership.

Nov-13

McCusker

Angela

An Evaluation of a Mindful Leadership Programme

Nov-13

Arnold

John

Learning Sport Mindfully

Jun-14

Nevejan

Annick

Compassion, unlocking the interpersonal potential

Jun-14

Regan-Addis

Heather

A comparative analysis of the Insight course ED505C of the   University of Aberdeen’s Studies in Mindfulness MSc Program with respect to   the Interacting Cognitive Sub-Systems Model of Cognitive Psychology

Jun-15

Wall  

Sally

‘Lite’ Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Meditation:    An Exploratory study of the Perceived Value for Primary Post Graduate Trainee   Teachers

Nov-14

Flynn

Colin

Can an increase in mindfulness lead to an individual's increase   in working memory capacity?

Nov-13

Grigg

Janet

To what Extent does a Mindfulness Training Intervention   contribute to pupil Health and Wellbeing in the context of the Curriculum for   Excellence in a Scottish Secondary School?

Jun-14

Cullen

Gavin

An Evaluation of mindful compassion training for nurses

Publications

Publications 

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