Ms Sandra Paterson
MRes (Social & Educational Research), BSc (Pure Science) University of Aberdeen, PGDE(S) Northern College of Education, PG Dip Guidance and Counselling, Northern College of Education, Education Scotland Masterclass IT Champion, School Digital Learning Rep
Senior Lecturer (Scholarship)
2018-2020 Director of Teaching and Learning Postgraduate
2012-2020 Director of Post Graduate Studies 2015-2020 Member of School Executive
2018-2020 School Examination Officer
2018-2019 Member of the School ITR Steering Group
2015-2020 Academic Line Manager
2015-2020 Member of University PGT Committee
2015-2020 Chair of the School PGT Committee
2016-2020 Member of the School Teaching &Learning Committee
2017-2020 Member of CAD Directors Teaching & Learning (School DLR) 2016-2019 Member of the University Teaching & Learning Network 2017-2019 Member of the University Online Learning Group 2018-2019 Member of School SLWG on Online Assessment
2018-2019 Member of the ITR Inspection Team School of Language, Literature, Music & Visual Culture 2018-2019 ELIR Staff Interviewee 2018-2019 Member of the University SLWG on Space Enhancement 2017-2018 Member of ELearning Training Pilot
2018-2021 Programme Director for Masters Project/ Dissertation
2007-2021 Programme Director Pastoral Care, Guidance and Pupil Support
2013-2016 School Graduate Officer
2015-2018 School IT Champion
2015-2018 Member of SLWG on Workload
2014-2018 Member of SLWG on Budget
2006-2007 Acting Programme Director Pastoral Care, Guidance and Pupil Support, School of Education
2005-2007 Scottish Executive for Education, Learning Teaching Scotland, ICT Master Class Champion
2000-2006 Lecturer in Guidance and Personal and Social Development, Northern College of Education, Aberdeen
1999-2000 Secondment - Business Partnership, Albyn Place, Aberdeen
1987-2000 Principal Teacher of Guidance, Westhill Academy, Westhill. Aberdeenshire Council, Education Department
1981-1987 Teacher of Biology and a First Level Guidance Tutor, Inverurie Academy, Inverurie. Aberdeenshire Council, Education Department
1977-1979 Scientific Research Officer, The Rowett Research Institute, Bucksburn, Aberdeen.
1976-1977 Assistant Scientific Officer, The Rowett Research Institute, Bucksburn, Aberdeen
Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
As School Graduate Officer and Director of Teaching and Learning (DoTL), attending University Postgraduate Committee, representing the views of PGT staff and disseminating information as appropriate.
As Director of Post Graduate Studies, taking a management overview of staffing, budget, marketing, quality delivery, assessment procedures and student evaluation for 14 postgraduate taught programmes.
As Programme Director and Lead for the Pastoral Care, Guidance and Pupil Support Programme, The management of all aspects of programme staffing, curricular review and development and the implementation of innovative online teaching and learning methodologies, quality delivery of 6 SCQF level 11 PGT courses, devising and monitoring assessment, preparation for exam boards and the support of staff and students.
Line Manager, staff appraisal, mentoring and supporting the PCGPS and PGT delivery teams.
As Programme Director for Masters Project, leading development, overseeing quality teaching and learning delivery, co-ordinating a team of masters supervisors and taking responsibility for quality MSc and MEd degree assessment.
- External Memberships
2016-2021 Member of the National Professional Learning Group
2015-2016 Member of the Steering Group for the Association for Careers Education and Guidance
2013-2016 Member of The Career Development Institute (UK)
2013-2019 Member of Education Scotland National Health and Wellbeing Network
2013-2015 Member of Scottish Teachers Education Committee (STEC)
2013-2019 External Examiner for the Study Counsellor Programme at the University of Oulu, Finland. (Postgraduate programme (60 ECTS) aimed at qualified teachers wishing to specialize in the field of Study Counselling and Guidance)
2012-2015 Member of International Professional Development Association (IPDA)
2010-2012 Member of Education Scotland, Support Learners Network
2011-2012 Member of Education Scotland Support and Delivering the Entitlement Steering Group
2011-2014 Member of the International Association for PSD (IAPSD)
2010-2014 Member of the National PSE Association for Advisers Inspectors and Consultants (NSCOPSE)
2011-2014 Associate Member for the Center for Sustainable International Development
2010-2011 Associated Careers Development Working with Skills Development Scotland (SDS)
2010-2014 Member of Erasmus NICE working with University of Heidelberg, Germany
2010-2014 Member of European Guidance Network (Leonardo da Vinci Project)
2008-2017 Member of the Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA)
2005-2011 Member of the National Guidance Network (NGA)
2006-2014 Member of the National Association for Applied Computer Education (NAACE)
2006-2014 Member of North East of Scotland Adult Education Group (NESAE)
2006-2008 Member of Interface - Young Peoples Health and Wellbeing Project
2005-2008 Member of the Applied Educational Research Scheme (AERS), Scotland
2005-2007 Member of Scottish Executive, Masterclass Initiative
1990-2021 Member of the Scottish Guidance Association (SGA)
Personality Types: Online Learning Styles
Personal, Universal and Targeted Support for Young People in Scottish Schools
PSDHW: National Delivery within Curriculum for Excellence
Careers Guidance and Counselling
Networked Teaching and Learning delivery in Higher Education
Creating online learning communities, Connecting Learners through Webcam delivery
2015-2019 PhD Supervisor for Sikandar Khan - Elphinstone Scholarship. Health and Wellbeing: a case study of delivery in Pakistan.
PATERSON, S. (2017) Presentation at the 5th Asia Pacific Rim International Counselling Conference (APACS) in Singapore.
Raising awareness of addictive internet behaviours: can this support more effective online counselling?
KHAN, S., and PATERSON, S. (2017) The capability culture: A pre-requisite for living a life that is worthy of the dignity of the human being?Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. (Submitted)
PATERSON, S., LAAJALA, T. and LEHTELA, P.L. (2017) Counsellor students conceptions of online counselling in Scotland and Finland British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. (Online Public)
PATERSON, S. (2015) Presentation at the 4th Asia Pacific Rim International Counselling Conference (APRC) in Wuhan, China.
Counsellor students' conceptions of online counselling in Scotland and Finland.
2017-19 Reviewer for British Journal of Guidance and Counselling
2014-2017 Member of Editorial Board for International Journal of Education in the North, University Press, Aberdeen, Scotland.
PATERSON, S. (2014 ) Presentation at the University of Oulu Applied Science.
Delivery of Pastoral Care Training at Aberdeen, Scotland.
PATERSON. S. (2014) Online learning: motivational factors for success. International Journal of Recent Contributions from Engineering, Science & IT (iJES) 2 (2) pp. 6-12 guest edition (best papers from ICBL 2013).
PATERSON, S. (2014) Key note address at Vysya College of Education, Gandhigram Rural University, Salem, Tamil Nadu, India. International Conference: Emerging Perspectives in Education.
Online learning delivery in University based Postgraduate Teacher Training in Aberdeen, Scotland: set within the context of Curriculum for Excellence within Scottish schools.
PATERSON, S. (2014) Key note address at St Paul's Teacher Training College, University of Bangalore, India. Internatiional Conference: Capacity Building Programmes for Teacher Educators: A Global Scenario.
What enables online learning and what does not: the students perspective.
McARDLE, K., BIRCHLEY, J., BRUCE, J., HURRELL, A., PATERSON, S., and STEPHEN, M., (2014) When practice takes precedence: conceptions of inquiry and the link to ethical posture. Journal of Educational Action Research 22 (1), pp. 1-17.
2013-2014 Reviewer for Pastoral Care in Education: An International Journal of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, National Association of Pastoral Care in Education (NAPCE), PO Box 6005, Nuneaton, CV11 9GY.
2013-2014 Reviewer for the Journal of Computer Science, Technology and Application, Academic Star Publishing Company, New York NY, 10017, USA.
2014-15 Reviewer for the International Journal of Education in the North, University Press, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Paterson, S. (2013) Presentation at the Interactive Computer Aided Blended Learning (IBCL) Florianapolis, Brazil.
Online learning: motivational factors for success.
HALSALL, A., & PATERSON, S. (2013) (in progress)
An investigation into the use of web conferencing software for online learning and teaching.
PATERSON S. (2012) Successful learning communities online The Soveneir proceedings from A National Seminar on Teacher Education in the 21st Century: chances and choices Gandhigram Rural University, Tamilnadu, India.
PATERSON, S. (2011) Presentation at the First International Conference of Emerging Paradigms in Business and Social Sciences, University of Middlesex, Dubai (UAE).
Online learning communities in Higher Education.
PATERSON, S. & SIGAUKE, A. (2011) (in preparation) The impact of changes to postgraduate delivery mode on participant perceptions and practice: Pastoral Care, Guidance and Pupil support programme: A report on the evaluation of the impact of the programme on participant practice. The Journal of Pastoral Care & Personal, Social Education.
PATERSON, S. & SIGAUKE, A. (2010) Presentation at the Scottish Educational Research Association, (SERA) Perth, Scotland.
The impact of changes to postgraduate delivery mode on participant perceptions and practice: Pastoral Care, Guidance and Pupil Support Programme.
PATERSON, S. (2010) Presentation Ministry of Education, Malta: annual meeting of Maltese PSD teachers.
PSE in Scotland: similarities, differences and common issues.
PATERSON, S. (2010) Key note address at the University of Malta: European Careers Guidance Symposium.
Guidance and counselling in Scotland: challenges, issues and opportunities.
PATERSON, S. (2010) Presentation at the University of Malta PG Careers Guidance.
Scottish Career Guidance : an overview.
(2009-2013) A collaborative member of (PICTAL) Information and Computer Technology and Inovative Learning Research Group within a variety of projects currently taking place in the University of Aberdeen, School of Education.
PATERSON, S. (2009) Presentation at the International Conference on E-Learning in the Workplace (ICELW 09) New York (USA).
Successes in online learning via virtual learning communities: a case study.
PATERSON, S. (2008) Presentation at the Scottish Educational Research Association Conference, (SERA) Perth, Scotland.
Success criteria and barriers to effective working in the on-line virtual workplace.
2015-2020 Member of School of Education Executive Committee
2015-2016 Visit to Georgia, USA, working collaboratively with School Counsellors in Schools
2015-2015 Hosted Erasmus visit with delegates from University of Upper Austria and the University of Oulu Applied Science
2014-2016 Member of the Career Development Institute (CDI) Project to revise the Career Development National Occupational standards National Working Group
2015-2020 Convenor of PGT Exam Boards
2014-2018 Chair of SLWG - PGT Budget
2014-2018 Member of SLWG School Workload
2014-2019 External Examiner for Vocational Counselling at the School of Vocational Teacher Education, University of Oulu, Applied Science, Oulu, Finland
2013-2019 Chair of the PG Directors Forum
2013-2017 Chair of the PGT Framework Implementation Group
2012-2020 Chair of the PGT Committee
2012-2016 Chair of the PGT Masters Curriculum Framework Review Group
2013-2016 Member of Research and Management Committee (RAM)
2013-2020 Member of the University PG Committee
2016-2020 Member of the University PGT Committee
2012-2014 Member of the College PG Committee
2012-2015 Member of the PG Strategy Committee
2012-2019 Member of the School Teaching and Learning Committee
2013-2014 Member of School Co-ordination Committee
2012-2013 Member of the School Liaison Committee
2012-2017 Member of SLW Group on PGT Budget
2013-2019 Member of the School Marketing Group
2013-2019 Collaboration with University of Oulu, Finland
2012-2015 Collaboration with the Ministry of Education in Malawi
2012-2020 Member of PGT Programme Directors Committee
2011-2014 Associate Member for the Centre for Sustainable International Development
2010-2011 Member of Short Life Working Group on the Post Graduate Taught Masters Programme
2010-2011 Member of Short Life Working Group on Post Graduate Taught Admin Procedures
2010-2014 Collaboration work with the Department of PSD, University of Malta
2008-2021 Chair of Pastoral Care, Guidance and Pupil Support Team, School of Education
2007-2012 Member of the School of Education, Graduate Committee
2006-2021 Member of the School of Education, Post Graduate Taught, Programme Directors Committee
2006-2020 Member of the School of Education, Teaching and Learning Committee
2005-2007 Member of the School of Education, Computing and Information Technology Policy Committee
Funding and Grants
2012-2014 CPD Extended Prime Funding Grant, University of Aberdeen
2010-2011 CPD Pump Prime Funding Grant, University of Aberdeen
SCQF Level 11 Post Graduate Taught (Award Bearing Courses -pure E-learning )
Programme Director for Pastoral Care, Guidance and Pupil Support
Course Co-ordinator and Tutor for PG Certificate, Diploma and Masters for Programme Pastoral Care, Guidance and Pupil Support
Programme Director for Masters Project
Masters in Education (MEd) Supervisor