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.