- Induction Information
The MA Education tutor team are delighted to welcome you to the University of Aberdeen and look forward to working with and supporting you during your studies. Whether you are a new or returning student, we hope you enjoy your year of study with us during this academic session.
Download the Induction booklet
- Reading Lists
Reading lists for individual courses will be available through MyAberdeen later in the summer. In the meantime, you can engage with critical reading and writing skills and learn more about the University at our award-winning Toolkit website.
MA1 Reading List
Blackwell’s, the University Bookshop, has worked with the department to organise a book bundle of 6 key titles covering all the main textbooks for your 1st full year of Primary Education and beyond as some of books will used throughout your full degree. This bundle is especially made and discounted to be cheaper than anywhere else online for this course. The bundle is now available for FREE UK delivery or to pre-order for collection from the shop at the start of term.
Included in this bundle are:
- Learning to Teach in the Primary School
- Learning Theories in Childhood
- Language in Education
- Writing Skills for Education Students
- Philosophy of Education
- Reflective Teaching in Schools
You have 2 different ways to order:
- If local to the shop already you just reserve online and they will contact you by email to tell you when your bundle/books are ready for collection.
- If looking for free UK home delivery or want to pre-order for collection at the start of term, please contact the shop by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a delivery address (if applicable) & daytime telephone number and they will organise payment over the phone. This bundle is not available for sale online and is exclusive to Blackwells Aberdeen.
If you have any questions at all, please contact the shop by email and they will be more than happy to help. They are currently open Monday to Friday 12 - 4 PM, but from early August they will be returning to normal term hours of 9 - 5 PM Monday to Friday.
Assessments may include essays, presentations, online exercises, and timed assessments online. This will vary from course to course, and there will be specific details in every course guide at the start of term.
- Practicals, fieldwork and placements
If your course includes practical sessions, we will aim to provide these, subject to safety constraints, or create online alternatives. If your course includes a placement, we will follow national guidance and health and safety requirements from the General Teaching Council Scotland (GTCS).
- Elective Options
First Course ED1008 Radical Reconstructions of Mathematics ED1080 Body Mind and Nature: Learning Outdoors Foundations EF1005 Doric Language and Culture ED101E Teaching Primary Science Through Fiction CO101A (First Half Session) Counselling Skills CO151A (second half session) Counselling Skills CO201A (first half session-Level 2) Counselling Skills CO251A (second half session-Level 2) Counselling Skills
- PGDE Primary
Guide to Day 1 This guide takes you through how to get yourself ready for day one. Please download this guide and read over. Induction Booklet
Please familiarise yourself with the induction booklet which you can download here.
Timeline Download the semester timeline. Meet the Team info Cathy Francis
Programme Director and Curriculum lead
Professional Studies lead
Inclusive Practice lead
Primary recruitment co-ordinatorEmail: email@example.com
and School Experience Lead
- PGDE Secondary
Guide to Day 1
Online registration will take place in the week commencing 9 August 2021, and further information about this will be communicated over the summer. Your first teaching inputs will take place on Tuesday 17 August, online, via Collaborate (part of our Virtual Learning platform). You will have a welcome lecture commencing at 0930, followed by a day of curricular studies. Further information about how to access these online inputs will be communicated in due course.
Congratulations on achieving a place on the Professional Graduate Diploma of Education (PGDE) Secondary Programme. The University of Aberdeen, School of Education and the PGDE Secondary tutor team are delighted to welcome you and look forward to working with and supporting you during your studies.
The purpose of this induction booklet is to enable you to access the first day of teaching (Tuesday 17 August 2021) and to plan for your first week and the year ahead, prior to commencing your studies with us.
Timeline Meet the Team info
For PGDE general enquiries please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Programme Director Faye Hendry email@example.com School Experience Co-ordinator Alan Grieve Assessment Co-ordinator Steph O’Reilly stephanie.o’firstname.lastname@example.org Professional Studies Co-ordinator Colin Christie email@example.com Recruitment Co-ordinator Fraser Hepburn firstname.lastname@example.org SoE Disabilities Co-ordinator Katrina Foy email@example.com
Biology Leigh Bjorkvoll firstname.lastname@example.org Business Education Alan Grieve Chemistry & Physics Fraser Hepburn email@example.com Computing George Drew firstname.lastname@example.org Drama Will Barlow email@example.com English David Johnston
Home Economics Janine Lowe Maths Helen Martin firstname.lastname@example.org Modern Languages Colin Christie email@example.com Music James O’Neill james.o’firstname.lastname@example.org RMPS Graeme Nixon email@example.com Social Subjects Steph O’Reilly stephanie.o’firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional Studies tutors
Leigh Bjorkvoll email@example.com Yvonne Bain firstname.lastname@example.org Colin Christie email@example.com George Drew firstname.lastname@example.org Alan Grieve Faye Hendry email@example.com Steph O’Reilly stephanie.o’firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be opportunities for you to meet and work flexibly within your MyAberdeen Ultra teaching environment with other students and your course tutors from the onset and as you begin your learning journey with us.
In the meantime you should complete the University's Orientation programme.
The University of Aberdeen Orientation programme has been designed to take you through all of the essential information you will need for your student life. We have broken it down into 2 parts. You should get started on Part 1 now by working through the interactive modules.
- School Orientation will be uploaded into MyAberdeen. Find out how to view the School's Organisation area in MyAberdeen
- Reading Lists
Reading lists for individual courses will be available through MyAberdeen via course areas and online induction later in the summer. In the meantime, you can engage with critical reading and writing skills and learn more about the University and using Ultra at our award-winning Toolkit website.
Courses will be assessed by online formative tasks leading to summative assignment submissions. These will be graded, and feedback provided online. Specific requirements will vary from programme to programme and assessment details and submission deadlines will be provided in the course content section of every course from the start date.
As well as being a Postgraduate Research Student in the School of Education you are also part of a wider PGR community through the Postgraduate Research School
- Key School Contacts
Dr Elizabeth Curtis
Dr David Johnston
School Support Co-ordinator for Research
We are looking forward to welcoming you to campus to start your research journey with us. As a Postgraduate Research student you will have the opportunity to attend a University wide induction in addition to your school induction.
The University of Aberdeen Orientation programme has been designed to take you through all of the essential information you will need for your student life. You can get started now by working through the interactive modules.
There are a series of modules that you can work through before you arrive. Once you have registered you can access the remaining modules and complete your mandatory training programme through your bespoke PGR training platform on our virtual learning environment.
There will be a school welcome event for Postgraduate Research students. This will provide an opportunity to meet Postgraduate coordinators and PhD supervisors. There will also be time to answer any questions you may have. Further details regarding the welcome event will follow in due course.
- Audit Masters courses
As a PGR student you may have the opportunity to audit Master‘s courses to augment your research training. Please discuss this with your supervisor and check out the postgraduate taught pages above.
The PGR School also offers a comprehensive training programme to support your research journey.
- Timelines and Milestones
The PGR School training and development programme offers academic, professional, and personal development through a number of training workshops, resources and opportunities, all intended to support the PGR community at the University of Aberdeen.