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


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


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 FHEI
GTCS Registered Teacher (Further Education : Physics and Mathematics)



Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Director of Education (PGT)

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.

Currently supervising a number of PhD students, research topics scoping, learning environments, student capabilities, mathematics teacher preparation and poverty, and school micropolitics.



Research Areas



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

Scottish Attainment Challenge Project (Scottish Council of Deans funded by the Scottish Government)  

Teacher Preparation Research Group (poverty and social inequality)

European perspectives on new teacher support and mentoring. 



Collaboration with other Scottish TEIs through Scottish Attainment Challenge Project.

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. 


Teaching Responsibilities

Introduction to Inclusive Teaching 1&2 (MA1)

Professional Project (MA4)

Informing Professional Practice (PGDE)

Connecting the Curriculum : Mathematics (PGDE)

Professional Enquiry 1 (MA4)

Exploring the Curriculum : Mathematics (PGDE)

Research Methods for Professional Learning (PGT)

Masters Project / Dissertation (PGT) 


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Books and Reports

Contributions to Conferences

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