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Job Title(s)Head of Education
Chair of the BEd Programme Board
Principal Lecturer
Phone No.+44 (0) 28 9026 8254 
Internal Phone No.ext. 254 


Education Studies Team

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Short Description

Current Role
I am Head of Education and Chair of the BEd Programme Board at St. Mary’s University College. I am responsible for the leadership and strategic development of the BEd Primary and BEd Post-Primary degree programmes to ensure that they are aligned with government priorities and that they meet the professional requirements of the the Department of Education for Northern Ireland. .



  • Bachelor of Education Primary and Post-Primary Programmes
  • Education Studies
  • Educational Research Methods
  • Mentoring and supervision of school placement


  • Master of Education
  • Leadership for Learning
  • Research Methods
  • Supervision of Masters dissertations



  • Academic Council (Professional Secretary)
  • BEd Programme Board (Chair)
  • Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment Research Centre (Chair)
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Research Committee
  • Schools Partnership
  • Academic Board
  • Admissions Group
  • Exceptional Circumstances Committee


  • Member of the Directors of Education Forum, Queen’s University, Belfast
  • Member of the Academic Offences Committee, Queen’s University, Belfast
  • Member of the Department of Education for Northern Ireland editorial group for the new framework for TPL in Northern Ireland
  • Member of the Department of Education for Northern Ireland working group on the Induction and Early Professional Development of Teachers in Northern Ireland
  • Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers (Northern Ireland) (UCETNI)
  • Member of the UCET Intellectual Base of Teacher Education Forum
  • Member of the Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN) Executive Committee


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the International Professional Development Association
  • Member of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe


  • 2020-2024 Birmingham City University – BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS


  • 2018: Recipient of the Gordon Kirk Travel Bursary (UCET)
  • 2016: Recipient of the TEAN Commendation for Effective Practice in Teacher Education

Current Research


My research interests focus on Teacher Professional Learning and Development.

Recent Publications

Journal articles

Hagan, M. (2021). Learning in the Practicum: Shaping Professional Identity in Initial Teacher Education. Kwartalnik Pedagogiczny, 4(262), 11-32. ISSN (P): 0023-5938; ISSN (E): 2657-6007.

Hagan, M. and Eaton, P. (2020) Teacher Education in Northern Ireland: Reasons to be Cheerful or a ‘Wicked Problem’?, Teacher Development, Vol. 24 No. 2, pp. 258-273 DOI: 10.1080/13664530.2020.1751260.

Book chapters

Hagan, M. and Connolly, C. (2022), ‘Psychology and the Professional Learning of Teachers and Other Educational Professionals’, in J. Lord (Ed.) Psychology of Education: Theory, Research and Evidence-Based Practice, London: Sage, PP. 267- 284. ISBN: 978-1-5297-6298-3.

Funded projects

Hagan, M. and Dolan, R. (2020), An Exploration of Teacher Professional Learning through Masters Study in Ireland, North and South, Project funded by the International Development Association (IPDA)

Brennan, A., Connolly, C. and Hagan, M. (2020), A Study of Student Teachers’ Engagement with and in Education Research to Enhance their Professional Practice, Project funded by the Standing Conference on the Education of Teachers, North and South (SCoTENS)

Conference proceedings

Hagan, M and Dolan, D. (2022). Why do a Master’s? Understanding the motivations of Master’s students in Ireland, North and South. In M. Carno (Ed.) Education and New Developments Volume 1. Lisbon, Portugal, Science Press. ISSN (electronic version): 2184-1489; ISSN (printed version): 2184-044X; ISBN: 978-989-53614-3-4.

Conference invitations

Keynote address – Westminster Education Forum: Next steps for Initial Teacher Training in England - the ITT market review, impact and implementation, curriculum design, teacher mentoring and development, quality assurance, and partnerships, Online, 28 April, 2022

Online seminars

Invited discussant – St. Mary’s University College, Belfast, Teaching Profession Project Online Seminar Series, ‘Teacher Professional Learning in Northern Ireland: Changing the Paradigm’, broadcast 8 February 2022

Hagan, M. and Connolly, C. (2021), ‘Moving from Pedagogy to Andragogy to Heutagogy in Teacher Professional Learning’ TEAN Webinar Series 2021, Learning from Lockdown – Practicum, University of Cumbria, 17 February 2021

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