Ms Colette Savage

Ms Colette Savage
Ms Colette Savage
Ms Colette Savage



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+44 (0)1224 274617
Office Address
523 MacRobert Building
Old Aberdeen Campus
581 King Street
AB24 5UA

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School of Education


With a background in both academia( Brunel University: computer science lecturer), secondary School Teacher ( computer Science), CPD provider for teachers and industry as Director of European Training (Investment bankers and energy traders the city of London), Colette utilises her broad computing experience and many years of mindfulness and wellness training to develop postgraduate Mindfulness programs with a focus on the evidence based neurobiological underpinning.

Alongside this as a qualified and experienced secondary teacher she has delivered a range of CPD courses around human values, mindfulness and wellbeing to thousands of teachers, based on a combination of science and Eastern wisdom gained from numerous visits to India.

Currently she also delivers modules on the Initial Teacher Training programs on both the MA and PGDE courses here at the School of Education, with a focus on mindfulness and wellbeing in the classroom.

Research interests are focused on embodied teachers, in particular the role mindfulness can play in inclusive practise in the training of teachers and mindfulness for wellbeing.

This is an emerging field where enabling teacher presence in the classroom offers the potential to enhance teacher awareness of the inclusive needs of the pupils.


  • BSc Computer Science for Business 
    1986 - University of Ulster 
  • PGCE teaching 
    1987 - Queens University , Belfast 
  • Msc Data Communication and Networking 
    1992 - Brunel Univeristy 

External Memberships

GTCS( General Teaching Council for Scotland) Accreditation panel for Professional recognition qualifications


Research Overview

My current research interests are :

Embodied Teaching and the role of the body in the classroom

Embodied mindfulness within the enactment of  the inclusive practice of teachers in the classroom

Mindfulness and heartfulness in the classroom

Mindfulness of values in the Classroom

Qualitative methods for lived experience

Research Areas

Research Specialisms

  • Education Studies
  • Primary Teaching

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

In collaboration with Dr. Archie Graham, I  am currently completing a paper on the the use of embodiement within the enactment of inclusive practice in the classroom and a method paper on accessing bodily sensations in the lived experiences of a primary school teacher.

Knowledge Exchange

ECER 2023 presentation

SERA 2022 presentation

Contemporary Childhood Conference: Borders and Boundaries conference presentation :Mindfulness of human values 2021

Pint of Science presentation: Mindful Living

Development  on behalf of the university of a free online mindfulness course for the community during the Pandemic 2020-2021

Daily15 minute mindfulness session during the first 9 months of the Pandemic for the academic community and staff at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary A and E department


Teaching Responsibilities

Interim Program Director MSc Mindfulness :

Teaching on all modules with particular focus on  neurobiology  of mindfulness, embodied mindfulness, mindfulness and compassion at work

Course co-ordinator: ED 555J Professional Enquiry (MSc Mindfulness)

Course co-ordinator Ed555Z Mindfulness in the Classroom( MEd)

Course co-ordinator for ED101F: Mindfulness in the classroom ( MA)

Course co-ordinator for ED505E Accreditation for Prior Learning ( Mindfulness)

Course co-ordinator: GTCS(General Teaching Council of Scotland) Professional Recognition in Mindfulness

Course co-ordinator: Mindfulness in the Classroom ( 15 Masters Credits)

Course co-ordinator: Discovering Mindfulness ( 15 Masters Credits)

Course tutor: Mindfulness( MSc)

Course tutor: Compassion( MSc)

Course tutor: Insight ( MSc)


15 MSc dissertation supervisions