Dr Rachel Shanks

Dr Rachel Shanks

Senior Lecturer

Dr Rachel Shanks
Dr Rachel Shanks

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen Room 622 MacRobert Building, King's College, Aberdeen AB24 5UA.


I have worked in higher education, community education, and the voluntary and trade union sectors. In higher education I have been a law lecturer, worked in the University of Aberdeen’s former Centre for Lifelong Learning and I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Education.

In the late 1990s I led the Trade Union Congress partnership project Bargaining for Skills in the East and West Midlands regions in England, working with trade unions, employers, colleges and Training and Enterprise Councils. I have also been an adult education tutor and worked for the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux (NACAB) and Aberdeen CAB.


Research Interests

Professional learning and mentoring.
Children and young people's rights.

Current Research

Professional learning

Measuring the Quality of Initial Teacher Education (MQuITE) in Scotland


University students mentoring school students

Children's Rights

Young people and participation in decision-making

School uniform


Teaching Responsibilities

Undergraduate Teaching

ED302F Professional Learning and Inquiry (BA Professional Development)
ED302E Hazard and Risk in Professional Contexts (BA Professional Development)
ED4030 Broadening Professional Boundaries (BA Professional Development)
ED1521 Learning from Work (university wide module)

Postgraduate Teaching

SL5011 Advanced Qualitative Methods in Social Science

Current PhD Students

  • Maryam Alnoaimi - The Role of Bahraini Educational leaders in Developing Educational Values of Citizenship and Promoting Educational Change in the Kingdom of Bahrain with Dr David Smith
  • Elise Boyle Espinosa - Education in the Islamic State, as part of the Politico project, with Prof Pamela Abbott and Dr Hanifi Baris
  • David Di Domenico - Analysis of the experiences, approaches and reflective accounts of academics in relation to cultural diversity in the delivery of undergraduate pre-registration nursing education at a Scottish university with Dr Graeme Nixon
  • Tracy Edwards - The Translation and Enactment of the Principle of Inclusive Pedagogy by Experienced Teachers with Dr Kirsten Darling McQuistan and Dr Mhairi Beaton
  • Chris Gray - Community Music with Sarah Cornelius
  • Annette Moir - Exploration of children’s awareness of their coping strategies and enhancement of their resilience skills with Dr David Johnston
  • Esther Nyaga - School leadership and teacher professionalism: an exploration of head teacher leadership practice in public primary schools in Kenya with Prof Emerita Karen McArdle

Completed PhDs

2019 Ramona Statchde - Business Social Media Use by Remote Rural Micro Tourism Enterprises in the Scottish Highlands

2019 Madhawi Alharbi - Using Mobile Games in Teaching English as a Foreign Language Vocabulary at a Saudi Female High School

2019 Khanchai Wongchana - Thai University Student and Teacher Perceptions of Studying Tourism through English Using a CLIL Approach

2017 David Johnston - A Socio-Cultural Perspective on 'Belonging'

2017 Geraldine Prince - Art-Making and the Interpretation of Cultures: Cross-cultural teaching and learning in Edinburgh and Dubai

Further Info

External Responsibilities

Admin Responsibilities

Journal Board and Reviewer Information

Editor-in-Chief of Education in the North

Reviewer for: Africa Education Review, Annals of the New York Academy of SciencesCambridge Journal of Education, The Curriculum Journal, Education 3-13, Education + TrainingEuropean Journal of Teacher EducationInternational Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in EducationInternational Journal of Training and DevelopmentMulticultural PerspectivesNordSTEP (the Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy), Professional Development in EducationScottish Educational ReviewStudies in Higher Education