Alastair Wilson


  • United Kingdom

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Alastair's work is focused on different aspects of inequality - identifying and challenging the processes that create and sustain it.  Along with Katie Hunter he has led the development of an intergenerational mentoring programme that supports children and young people in terms of early literacy development and access to and progression through higher education.  This work has created the Intergenerational Mentoring Network which is independent social enterprise supporting different aspects of school and community development.  He is currently (2019) leading a research and development project aimed at understanding local council understandings and responses to SAC and PEF funding initiatives in education. A recently completed project has examined the impact of tuition fees in music provision in schools and the impact on children and young people from working class and poor households.

Current research projects include:

  • Developing community based mentoring for children and young people from working class and poor backgrounds;
  • What’s Going on Now? An audit of youth music in Scotland. This project, commissioned by Creative Scotland, is designed to revisit and update on the issues highlighted in the What’s Going On? report of 2003 which was an audit of youth music in Scotland. It has a particular focus on inequality and music provision;
  • creating school-based resources to increase understanding of people with learning disabilities;
  • understanding local council understandings and responses to SAC and PEF funding initiatives;
  • developing literacy support for young people in areas of social/economic disadvantage.

Alastair is the course director for the MSc in Applied Educational & Social Research and currently teaches research methods on a range of postgraduate courses.  He supervises 2 PhD students (including 1 ESRC studentship) working in the area of education, employment and social justice. 


  • Educational Technology
  • Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

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Who gets to play? Investigating equity in musical instrument instruction in Scottish Primary Schools

Lio Moscardini (Participant), Alastair Wilson (Participant), David Barron (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalCulture and creativity, Education