Dr Gary Husband

Senior Lecturer

Education University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Gary Husband

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About me

Gary is a Lecturer in Professional Education and Leadership and the joint subject group lead for Education in the Faculty of Social Sciences. As part of the University of Stirling Gary sits on the governing board of Newbattle Abbey College and is also the President of the Association for Research in Post Compulaory Education. Gary is the chief examiner for PGCert (HE) at the University of Stirling.

Gary is currently a Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Sunderland.

Gary's research work is currently as a co investigator on the ESRC funded (£1M) project focusing on Governance in colleges of further education across the UK. Gary has undertaken consultancy work for the Scottish Government in relation to the Scottish College Improvement Project and was in 2019 invited to be a visiting scholar in the University of Tasmania.

Gary teaches on the MSc in Professional Education and Leadership and convenes the Coaching and Mentoring, Middle Leadership and Engaging Critically with Professional Practices modules.

Prior to moving to the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling, Gary was the professional development manager at Edinburgh College where he was responsible for the delivery and development of lecturer initial teacher education courses and continuing professional development strategies and programmes.

Gary currently has 4 doctoral students who have a diverse focus in interests, but who's work is all centred around transitions between educational sectors and leadership.

Gary has published widely on subjects such as mentoring, initial teacher education and further education. Gary has papers pending focusing on the further education governance project and qualitative research methodologies.

Research (2)

Gary's current main research focus is the ESRC funded project looking at processes and practices of governing in further education colleges in the UK. Gary is a co-investigator alongside Professor Cate Watson, Professor Anne Marie Bathmaker, Professor David James and Hon Professor Ron Hill. Gary's broader research interests are centred on the development of professional learning and leadership across all sectors of education. Gary's previous work has looked at the impacts of initial teacher education on individual and organisational engagement with professional learning. Gary is Chair and President of the Association for Research in Post Compulsory Education (ARPCE) which holds one of the leading international conferences focusing on FE. ARPCE also publishes a highly regarded Taylor and Frances Journal.


Processes and practices of governing in further education colleges in the UK:How do governing boards realise the strategic aims of the organisation?
PI: Professor Cate Watson
Funded by: Economic and Social Research Council

Professionalism in Further Education in Scotland
PI: Dr Gary Husband
Funded by: General Teaching Council for Scotland

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Book Chapter

Gregson M, Duncan S, Brosnan K, Derrick J, Husband G, Nixon L, Spedding T, Stubley R & Webber Jones R (2020) Quality. How do we evaluate the quality of teaching and learning?. In: Reflective Teaching in Further, Adult and Vocational Education. 5th ed. Reflective Teaching. London: Bloomsbury, pp. 351-374. https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/reflective-teaching-in-further-adult-and-vocational-education-9781350102002/

Book Chapter

Husband G (2018) Knowledge, skills and pathways in further education. In: Bryce T, Humes W, Gillies D & Kennedy A (eds.) Scottish Education. 5th ed. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 641 - 650. https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-scottish-education.html



Gary is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and teaches on the Professional masters programme in his role as a Lecturer in Professional Education and Leadership.

Gary supports colleagues in a university wide role as a mentor for those seeking accreditation from the HEA and has mentored several colleagues who have successfully gained SFHEA status.

Gary is joint subject group lead for Education in the Faculty of Social Sciences, a role he shares with Dr Karen Lowing.

Gary also supports university wide work in relation to the development of mentoring programmes across a variety of programmes and initiatives.

Gary is a member of the board of governors at Newbattle Abbey adult education college.

Gary is an external examiner for the universities of Huddersfield and Ulster where he works closely with the teams that deliver Cert Ed in FE and PGCE.

Gary is an experienced doctoral examiner and has examined both PhDs and Professional Doctorates in universities including, Newcastle, Huddersfield, Bolton, and Sunderland.

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