Professor Yvonne Bain
Professor Yvonne Bain

Professor Yvonne Bain

Personal Professor


Room 402 MacRobert Building King's College Aberdeen AB24 5UA


I have an interest in teacher education and professional learning; on-line learning and the use of ICT for enhancing learning and teaching across all areas.  I completed my PhD (Education) as a part-time student in June 2011, thesis title: Learning Through Online Discussion - Case Studies of Higher Education Students' Experiences.

I was appointed as a Professor (Personal Chair) in August 2019, and previously as a Senior Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship) (Alternative Routes & New Initiatives Strategic Coordinator) with responsibilities for developing new pathways for teacher education in the School of Education.

Other roles have included: Lecturer in Education at the University of Dundee (2017-2018) including Acting Programme Director for TQFE; and various roles in my earlier employment at the University of Aberdeen: TQFE Programme Director (2011-2017); Depute Head of School (Strategic Planning) (2012-2016); PGDE(S) Programme Director (2005-2007); and PGDE(P) Depute Programme Director (2003 - 2005).   I have many years of experience in teacher education and professional development within teacher education.

Prior to that, I have a background in Secondary teaching having been a Principal Teacher of Computing Studies and previously a teacher of Physics and Computing in Secondary Schools.

Internal Memberships

Development of new intitiatives in the School of Education.

(Interim) Head of Department of Postgraduate Taught and Professional Learning.

Latest Publications

  • Observers’ experience of remote observation of teaching practice in a college context

    Christie, C., Bain, Y.
    Contributions to Conferences
  • Learning and design principles for teacher educators' professional development

    Tack, H., Vanderlinde, R., Bain, Y., Kidd, W., O'Sullivan, M., Walraven, A.
    Teacher Educators and their Professional Development. Vanderlinde, R., Smith, K., Murray, J., Lunenberg, M. (eds.). 1 edition. Taylor and Francis, pp. 51-64, 14 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Researching the professional learning needs of teacher educators: Results from international research

    Czerniawski, G., MacPhail, A., Vanassche, E., Ulvik, M., Guberman, A., Oolbekkink-Marchand, H., Bain, Y.
    Teacher Educators and their Professional Development. 1 edition. Taylor and Francis, pp. 28-42, 15 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Experiences of distance doctoral supervision in cross-cultural teams

    Alebeikan, R., Bain, Y., Cornelius, S.
    Teaching in Higher Education
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Scotland: its schools and teachers

    Gray, D. S., Bain, Y., Weir, D.
    International Handbook on Teacher Education World Wide.. Karras, K., Wolhuter, C. (eds.). 2 edition. H.M. Studies and Publishing., pp. 565-588, 24 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

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Research Overview

My current research and scholarly activity is around the professional learning of teacher educators (through the work of InFoTED - see the publications for more information) and the use of online technology to support professional learning.

Previous work has explored the development of alternative routes for Initial Teacher Education such as the Distance Learning Initial Teacher Education (DLITE); the professional learning impact of the Teaching Qualification for Further Education (TQFE); and joint supervision experiences for PhD supervisors and students.

Current Research

My current research interests are around the use of online learning, and supporting professional development of teacher educators and teachers as a collaborative partnership approach (through the work of InFoTED).


Member of InFoTED Council. See  

Member of the GTCS working group on the Professional Registration of Further Education College Lecturers in Scotland.


Teaching Responsibilities

Current teaching, learning and assessment:

  • Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) courses (UG and PGT)
  • PGDE Secondary Programme: Professional Studies
  • PhD supervision
  • Master's level professional enquiry for beginning teachers

Previously have taught on:

  • MEd supervision of Masters projects relating to ICT for learning and teaching
  • Masters level: Coaching and Mentoring in schools

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Books and Reports

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Conferences

Contributions to Journals

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