Dr William Barlow

Dr William Barlow
Dr William Barlow
Dr William Barlow

Senior Lecturer

Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 274633
Office Address


School of Education, MacRobert Building, Room 522, King's College, Aberdeen AB24 5UA
(:00 44 1224-274633 (direct)


School of Education


My research uses drama education and theatre approaches.  I primarily work with students and young people though I have extensive experience of working in non-institutional contexts with a range of adult groups. My interests and experience include the theory, policy and practice of education and life transitions, site-specific theatre, reminiscence theatre, care experienced education, CLPL for teachers, theatre and drama workers and creative education.

Prior to Joining the School of Education in 2016, I worked at the University of Plymouth (lecturer in Education) and as a Faculty Head of Expressive Arts in the west coast of Scotland. I have experience of working with young people, adults and senior communities throughout the United Kingdom and abroad. Previously, I was a chairperson in the South East of Glasgow's Children's Panel and have worked with looked after children (including accommodated) across Scotland. My community education work includes young offenders, prison education and additional support needs learning and teaching (public and private sectors). I have consulted, written and examined for the SQA. Moreover, I consult for theatre companies and education departments in Scotland and abroad.

I guest lecture for several higher education institutions at home and abroad.

At the University of Aberdeen, I undertake the following duties:

PGDE Drama Secondary and Primary curriculum

MA 3 Professional Focus input for Educational Drama

MA 4 Primary Drama curriculum

MSC Educational Research

Professional studies tutor

Personal tutor

Post-graduate supervision and teaching

TQFE tutor

Leader of Expressive Arts 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

EdD development


Pedagogy and digital learning 

Short life working group - assessment

External engagement



External Memberships



Specialist examiner - RCS

External examiner - Rose Bruford College (Actor musicianship and Theatre for young audiences) 

Editorial board member International Journal of Educational and Life Transitions

Standing Committee Initial Teacher Education for Drama 

Reviewer for the following journals:

Prizes and Awards

Santander award



Research Overview

Drama in Education, Primary-Secondary Transition, Looked After (and Accommodated) Children's Education, Inclusive Pedagogy, Creative/Aesthetic Pedagogies and Teacher Education.

Current Research

I seek to integrate my research and teaching by working with a range of practitioners. Currently, I am researching primary-secondary transition and drama conventions, site specific theatre, reminiscence theatre and intergenerational learning.


I work with a range of practitioners (local, national and international) to develop my research and praxis. 

Recently, I have worked (and/or continuing to work) with the following collaborators (this list is not exhaustive):

Aberdeen City Creative Learning - Senior Drama Group

School based Drama departments across the country

National Theatre of Scotland

Visible Fictions Theatre Company

Perth Repertory Theatre

Dundee Repertory Theatre

Out of the blue Theatre Company

Tony Goode (chief collaborator)

Education Scotland



Dr Mark Harvey - University of Auckland

University of Strathclyde - visiting tutor on undergraduate and postgraduate ITE

University of Plymouth

University of Dundee - Professor Divya Jindal-Snape (Primary-Secondary transitional learning)

New York University - Educational Drama

Funding and Grants

Recently, I have won a Santander Motability Award. This fully funded award has enabled me to visit New York University Educational Drama Department.

I was a CI on a recent AHRC grant to create a devised site specific promenade piece of theatre with senior citizens. This devised piece was based upon the history of the colony site based at Bennachie (a site of historical interest).



Teaching Responsibilities


Co-ordinator Drama Distance Learning Initial Teacher Education (DLITE)


ED2056 MA2 Workshop leader for MA2 Creativity Conference

ED302C MA3 Professional Focus Option Educational Drama



ED402A learning and teaching in schools: developing professional practice 1 (PGDE)

ED452A learning and teaching in schools: developing professional practice 2 (PGDE)

ED40XI  learning and teaching in schools (DRAMA)

ED40XZ learning and teaching in schools: (PRIMARY)


Postgraduate research students


Guest Lecturer:

New York Univeristy 

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) 

University of Strathclyde