Course Director, MSc Global Issues in Gerontology and Ageing
As an experienced postgraduate online teacher and Course Director, I have a particular interest in transnational teaching and am a Senior Fellow of theHigher Education Academy.
My practice background is in social care where I spent many years as Chief Executive of Down's Syndrome Scotland. Recent research has focused on ageing in people with an intellectual disability, advanced dementia care and football reminiscence with care home residents who have dementia. Development of resources such as
and Jenny's Diary ensure dissemination of research findings into practice. Supporting Derek
I have developed and deliver a one-day practice development course on intellectual disability and dementia, and provide consultancy to support an ageing population of people with an intellectual disability within social care settings.
In 2017, I was awarded
Self Management Resource of the Year for Jenny's Diary by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland.
Award Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy 01/12/2015 Herald Diversity through Education - finalist 12/10/2017– 12/10/2017 Herald Design for Diversity - finalist 12/10/2017– 12/10/2017 Health and Social Care Alliance Self Management Resource of the Year - winner 04/10/2017– 04/10/2017 Mental health nursing forum award: Grace Notes 04/10/2016– 04/10/2016 Scotlands dementia awards finalist: Jenny's Diary 06/09/2016– 06/09/2016 Herald education awards finalist: Jenny's Diary 14/07/2016– 14/07/2016 Guardian education awards finalist 01/10/2015– 01/10/2015 Dementia research leaders award for use of research evidence with marginalised groups 19/06/2015– 19/06/2015 Education Digital education (e-learning) 07/01/2013– 02/06/2014
Type of education Certificate Intellectual disability and dementia 03/09/2007– 03/06/2013
Type of education Doctorate Dementia Studies 03/09/2001– 09/06/2003
Type of education Master's degree (Postgraduate) Youth work and community education 01/09/1987– 01/06/1988
Type of education Certificate Sociology and social policy 20/09/1983– 30/05/1987
Type of education Bachelor's degree Event/Presentation 28th Alzheimer Europe Conference (invited keynote) 29/10/2018– 31/10/2018
Type of event Conference Location Barcelona 10th International Dementia Conference, Ireland (invited workshop) 17/04/2018– 17/04/2018
Type of event Conference Location Dublin Successful Ageing for People with Intellectual disabilities (invited keynote) 05/07/2016– 06/03/2018
Type of event Conference Location Taiwan Towards an Ageing Society: Inclusive Living for people with Intellectual Disabilities (invited keynote) 16/05/2017– 16/05/2017
Type of event Conference Location Hong Kong Ageing and a good life for people with a learning disability (invited keynote). 04/12/2015– 04/12/2015
Type of event Conference Location Birmingham Ageing and End of Life Care for People with Intellectual Disabilities (invited keynote) 06/07/2015– 06/07/2015
Type of event Conference Location Queen's University, Belfast Examining Principles Underpinning Dementia Care &
Therapeutic Interventions in Dementia Care (MSc Nursing - Dementia Care) (NS6071
NS6062) Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick 01/09/2017– 31/08/2021 Other academic activities Scientific Committee for World Down Syndrome Congress, 2018 01/05/2017– 24/07/2018 Professional membership International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IASSIDD) – Down syndrome research group secretary and treasurer elect. 07/11/2016 British Society of Gerontology Scotland committee member 01/05/2015 Supervision of Research Assistants Kate Mattheys 06/02/2017– 05/02/2020