Dr Aileen Ireland

Research Fellow

Education Stirling,

Dr Aileen Ireland

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About me

I have recently completed my PhD in professional education in the Faculty of Social Sciences here at the University of Stirling. Guided by the sociomaterial sensibilities provided by Actor-Network Theory, my research has explored the teaching practices of educators in their use of computerised simulated human patients in nursing education. My thesis explores the complexities of these practices and the challenges the educators must overcome in working to co-produce these complex modes of knowing in the simulation teaching and learning assemblage. Before beginning my doctoral studies, I completed a Master of Research in Educational Research, and I also have an MLitt in Postcolonial Studies. I have also worked on several research projects relating to the wellbeing of people affected by cancer. I currently work as a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Research (2)


A Visual Study of Professional Learning in Closing the Poverty-Related Attainment Gap
PI: Dr Maureen Michael
Funded by: The Carnegie Trust

English as a school subject: learning effective practices from low level primary English language teachers
Funded by: The British Council

Outputs (17)



Evans J, Ryde G, Jepson R, Gray C, Shepherd A, Mackison D, McMurdo MET, Ireland A & Williams B (2016) Accessing and engaging women from socio-economically disadvantaged areas: A participatory approach to the design of a public health intervention for delivery in a Bingo club. BMC Public Health, 16, Art. No.: 345. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-016-3013-1

Meeting Abstract

Ireland A, Finnegan-John J, Scanlon K, Knight C, Taylor-Sturdy L, Hubbard G & Kyle R (2015) Shoulder-to-Shoulder Support: Using Walking Interviews To Understand the Significance of a Peer-led Walking Group Intervention for Breast Cancer Survivors. 2015 World Congress of Psycho-Oncology, Washington, DC, 28/07/2015 - 01/08/2015. Psycho-Oncology, 24 (Supplement S2), pp. 290-291. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pon.3874/abstract;jsessionid=ABFE4FD182F1FEB2E0E980E73CF19A77.f01t01; https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.3874


Hubbard G, Campbell A, Davies Z, Munro J, Ireland A, Leslie S, Watson A & Treweek S (2015) Experiences of recruiting to a pilot trial of Cardiac Rehabilitation In patients with Bowel cancer (CRIB) with an embedded process evaluation: Lessons learned to improve recruitment. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 1 (1), Art. No.: 15. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-015-0009-z