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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 
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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. As Head of Education, my role is to manage and develop the Education Studies courses within the College's undergraduate teacher education programmes. As Chair of the BEd Programme Board, I am responsible for the strategic development and leadership of the BEd Primary and BEd Post-Primary degree programmes to ensure that they are aligned with government priorities that they meet the professional requirements of the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland and the Department of Education for Northern Ireland.

Teaching and Learning
I teach on all four years of the undergraduate programmes in the areas of the philosophy and sociology of education. I also teach on the Master of Education Programme working on the Leadership for Learning Pathway, teaching,

  • EDC7013, Contemporary Management Issues for the Effective School

  • EDC7059, Contemporary Leadership Issues for the Effective School
    Across all pathways on the Masters Programme, I also teach,

  • EDC7021, Educational Research Methods and supervise student dissertations.

Committee Membership
Internally, I am the Professional Secretary the Academic Council and the Chair of the BEd Programme Board. In addition I am a member of the following committees and working groups:

  • Learning and Teaching;

  • Research Committee;

  • Academic Board;

  • Catholic Education Working Group;

  • International Working Group;

  • Schools Partnership.

Externally, I am a member of the Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers (Northern Ireland) (UCETNI) Committee as well as being the UCETNI Nominee to the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI). In addition, I am Chair of the GTCNI Leadership Competence Advisory Group and a member of the following committees and working groups:

  • GTCNI Policy, Registration and Regulation Committee;

  • Learning Leaders Communication and Engagement Working Group;

  • Teacher Professional Learning Steering Group.

In 2018, I was invited to become a member of the Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN) Advisory Group. I am also a reviewer for the TEAN Journal.

In 2014, I was invited by the Department of Education, Northern Ireland (DENI), to chair the 'Initial, Induction and Early Professional Development' work stream as part of an on-going review of Teacher Education and Professional Development. This work subsequently led to the publication of a new Strategy for Teacher Education in Northern Ireland entitled 'Learning Leaders: A Strategy for Teacher Professional Learning' (2016).

In June 2009, I was approved as an Educational Enhancement Process Panel Member for Queen's University, Belfast and as a member of the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) Register of Expert Panellists. I have been a panel member on a number of programme reviews and validation events in institutions across the UK and Ireland.

External examining
  • 2017 to current: University of Glasgow MEduc Programme

  • 2015 to current: Manchester Metropolitan University BA (Hons) Programme

  • 2013 to 2017: University of Glasgow BEd Programme

Professional Affiliations
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

  • Member of the International Professional Development Association (IPDA)


  • 2018: Recipient of a UCET Travel Bursary to conduct research on teacher identity formation in the University of Lowell, Massachusetts

  • 2016: Recipient of the TEAN Commendation for Effective Practice in Teacher Education

Current Research

My research interests focus on Initial Teacher Education and Continuous Professional Development. In particular, I am interested in the development of professional identity. I have presented a number of papers on these themes at both national and international conferences and have a range of publications in peer reviewed journals.

Recent Publications
Hagan, M. (2016), Learning and Teaching in a Catholic College: The Importance of Ethos, International Studies in Catholic Education, Vol 8 No 1, pp. 102-119 ISSN: 1942-2539 (Print) 1942-2547 (Online)

Hagan, M. (contributing author) in Nehring, J. and Szczesiul, S. (2015). Redefining high performance in Northern Ireland: Deeper learning and twenty-first century skills meet high stakes accountability. Journal of Educational Change: 16(3), 327-348

Hagan, M. (2013), Developing teacher competence and professionalism in Northern Ireland: an analysis of 'Teaching the Reflective Profession' (GTCNI, 2007), Teacher Education Network Journal, Vol. 5 (1) pp. 60-69

Recent Conference Presentations
Hagan, M. (2018), ‘Developing Self-Authorship through Reflective Practice in Initial Teacher Education’, Paper presented at Teacher Education Policy in Europe (TEPE), University of Braga, Portugal, 17-19 May 2018

Current Research Projects
Hagan, M. and Eaton, P. (2018), ‘Teacher Education in Northern Ireland: Reasons to be Cheerful?’, Teacher Development (pending review).

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