Dr Rachel Shanks

Dr Rachel Shanks
LL.B., M.A., PhD, SFHEA

Senior Lecturer

I am currently accepting PhDs in Education.

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Dr Rachel Shanks
Dr Rachel Shanks

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Biography

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.


Memberships and Affiliations

Internal
  • Editorial Board Member of Education in the North
  • Training Co-ordinator for the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie programme with Early Stage Researchers researching how political concepts are used in the world (POLITICO) 2018-
  • Member of the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society, and Rule of Law (CISRUL)
  • Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Rocking Horse Nursery 2019-
  • Member of the University's Research Culture Task and Finish Group 2020-
  • Casework Officer for the Aberdeen branch of the University and College Union (UCU)
External
Research

Research Areas

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Research Overview

Professional learning and mentoring covering both formal and informal learning.
Children and young people's rights combine my legal and community work background and my interest in social justice.


Current Research

Professional learning

Principal Investigator of BERA COVID-19 research: New teachers’ responses to COVID-19: building on Initial Teacher Education for their professional learning

Co-Investigator of Measuring Quality of Initial Teacher Education (MQuITE) in Scotland

Mentoring

University students mentoring school students

Children's Rights

Young people and participation in decision-making

School uniform, dress code and appearance policies


Supervision

My current supervision areas are: Education.


Current PhD Students

Completed PhDs

2020 David Di Domenico - Educators' views, experiences and approaches to cultural diversity: understanding pre-registration adult nursing education at a Scottish university 

2020 Maryam Alnoaimi - Citizenship Education in the Kingdom of Bahrain: A case study exploring perceptions of school principals, senior teachers, teachers and students

2019 Ramona Statache - 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


Research Funding and Grants

Principal Investigator of BERA COVID-19 research: New teachers’ responses to COVID-19: building on Initial Teacher Education for their professional learning.

Co-Investigator of Measuring Quality of Initial Teacher Education (MQuITE) in Scotland funded by the Scottish Government 2017-

Teaching

Courses


Teaching Responsibilities

Programme Director for the BA in Professional Development


Non-Course Teaching Responsibilities

Personal tutor

Publications

Publications 

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