Dr Karen Lowing


Education Stirling

Dr Karen Lowing

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Karen is Lecturer and Subject Group Lead (joint) for Education. She is also Director for the forthcoming MSc Education Programme and Lead for the Secondary English with Education ITE Pathway. Karen supervises Masters students (Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology) and provides joint Doctoral Supervision (Leadership in FE). Karen is a member of the interdisciplinary Educational Linguistics research area, the Scottish Studies at Stirling group and Education Practice / Theory Research Group at Stirling. She is also a member of the Northern Scotland Journal Editorial Board (EUP: https://www.euppublishing.com/loi/nor). Karen is currently working towards Principal Fellow, Advanced HE.

Previously Karen was Lecturer at Strathclyde University (2017-19) and Joint Lead - English PGDE. She was also Lead for the External Examiner (Language and Literature) liaison group.

At Durham University School of Education (2012-2017), Karen was Assistant Professor. Here she was Joint Lead for PGCE English, Module Convenor - (PGCE) Professional Issues, Pathway Programme Lead - MA Education pt, Module Convenor - MA Education Enquiry and Lead - Ofsted / Newly Qualified Teacher development group. Karen also supervised MEd Dissertation students and Doctoral students (second supervisor). Karen gained Senior Fellow, Advanced HE, in 2014.

Karen was Teaching Fellow at Newcastle University (2005-2011). Here she was Course Lead for PGCE English with Drama, Degree Programme Director for MA Education Research and Module Convenor - Education Research. She also supervised Education Masters students, taught Faculty Wide student academic writing skills, including abstract writing for Medical students, and collaborated on a research project with the Medical Faculty to implement eportfolios to support PGCE students' reflexive professional development.

Karen is External Examiner for Northumbria University's Schools Direct programme (2017 to date). Previously, she was External Examiner for Sheffield Hallam's Schools Direct programme - English (2008 to 2012). She also held a seat on the Graduate Teacher Training Registry advisory board, UCAS, 2009 to 2011


Strathclyde Global Knowledge Exchange scheme: £2070 awarded April 2018: How do New Zealand children ‘encounter’ ‘Scottishness’ in and beyond the classroom

Beacon Trust (funded by UK Higher Education Funding Councils, Research Councils UK and the Wellcome Trust) awarded £9350 Oct 2009. Research: Ane Instructioun for Bairnis to be Learnit in Northumbrian and Scottis: a study of Scots Language and Literature use for social inclusion in the secondary classroom (2010-2014)

Newcastle University Faculty REF fund awarded £4400 and £600 March 2010 and May 2011.

Other Teaching Experience

From 1994 to 2005, Karen taught Secondary School English in Lanarkshire, Dumfries and Galloway and Fife. She also taught Scottish Studies pt (UG / Vocational programmes) at Strathclyde University, Communication Studies and Higher English at Cardonald College and Adult Basic Education for Community Education in Dumfries and Galloway. Karen was awarded full Chartered Teacher Status in 2006.

External Examiners and Validations

External Examiner - Schools Direct
Northumbria University

External Examiner for Northumbria University's Schools Direct programme

External Examiner - Schools Direct

External Examiner for Sheffield Hallam's Schools Direct programme

Professional membership

Full Registration General Teaching Council Scotland

Professional qualification

Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy
Higher Education Academy

Chartered Teacher General Teaching Council Scotland
The General Teaching Council for Scotland


Scottish Studies, Scots Language, Northumbrian, Gaelic, British and global minority languages, including Swiss German, national identity construction in New Zealand's Scottish diaspora + construction of national and cross border identities.

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Conference Paper (unpublished)

Lowing K & Birnie I (2019) Positioning Scots and Gaelic in ‘superdiverse’ Scottish Education: Implications for minority languages in policy and practice. 17th International Conference on Minority Languages (ICML XVII), Ljouwert, Friesland, 21.05.2019-24.05.2019. https://icml.eu/fileadmin/mercator_conference/icml/schedule/icml_programme_all_days.pdf

Book Chapter

Lowing K (2017) To see oursels as ithers see us: constructions of Scotland’s place and identity within a changing Scottish curriculum and context. In: Stevens D & Lockney K (eds.) Students, Places and Identities in English and the Arts: Creative Spaces in Education. National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE). Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 123-134. https://www.routledge.com/Students-Places-and-Identities-in-English-and-the-Arts-Creative-Spaces/STEVENS-Lockney/p/book/9781138694552

Book Review

Lowing K (2013) Book Review: The Invention of Scotland. Review of: The invention of Scotland, by Hugh Trevor-Roper, New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 2008, pp. 282. National Identities, 15 (4), pp. 421-423. https://doi.org/10.1080/14608944.2013.826935

Book Review

Lowing K (2011) Review: Educational Research and Inquiry: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches . Edited by D. Hartas. Review of: Educational Research and Inquiry: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. Edited by D. Hartas. pp 458. London: Continuum. 2010.. British Journal of Educational Studies, 59 (3: Research capacity building), pp. 350-351. https://doi.org/10.1080/00071005.2011.611285

Website Content

Lowing K (2010) The Lowing Study (2010). Scots Language Centre [https://www.scotslanguage.com/articles/view/id/1901] 07.06.2010. https://www.scotslanguage.com

Website Content

Lowing K (2010) The Lowing School Report. Scots Language Centre [https://www.scotslanguage.com/articles/node/id/512] 03.05.2010. https://www.scotslanguage.com

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