Angela De Britos

Angela De Britos


  • United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

Personal profile

Personal Statement

Prior to moving into academia, Angela taught in numerous schools with a variety of age groups in Scotland, England and Spain. During her time in school, Angela led successful European projects, established links abroad, mentored Language Assistants, and took part in teacher exchanges and educational visits to Barcelona, Cyprus, Finland, France and Lithuania. Awarded 'Advanced Skills Teacher' status in 2007, she then became a Local Authority advisory teacher for languages and later led the Ethnic Minority Achievement Service.

Before joining the University of Strathclyde, Angela worked as a lecturer in primary education at the University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth where she was also responsible for the early career development of NQTs. Angela completed her Masters research which focused on how primary teachers and senior leaders can successfully embed best practice in modern languages. 

Angela's PhD research investigated the experiences of bilingual children and their families in Scotland. It revealed the importance of bilingualism and biculturalism in their lives and the impact of this on their social, emotional and communcative development, especially for non-European families. Angela speaks Spanish at home and raises her children bilingually. 

Angela leads the MEd Education Studies course and teaches on a variety of modules across undergraduate, PGDE and postgraduate courses. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is interested in supervising postgraduate students (Masters & PhD/EdD) in the fields of bilingualism, languages, literacy, culture and the teaching & learning of English.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Nurturing bilingual children: the voice of Spanish-speaking families in the West of Scotland, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 30 Sept 2020

Master of Education, Embedding Best Practice in Primary Modern Languages, University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth

Award Date: 30 Oct 2015

Master of Education, PGCE Primary, University of Exeter

Award Date: 1 Jul 2004

External positions

External Examiner for BA Primary Education with QTS and specialisms, BA Primary Education, FdA Primary Education and FdA Early Years Education, St Mary's University


Co-Chair, CDN Languages and ESOL Professional Network

Aug 2017Jul 2019

Co-Chair, SIG WIder Engagement Network

Aug 2016Jul 2019

Committee Member - New Scots Integration Strategy for Asylum Seekers & Refugees, Scottish Government

Jan 2015Jan 2018

Committee Member, University Council of Modern Languages Scotland

Jan 2015Jul 2019


  • Bilingualism
  • Biculturalism
  • Languages
  • culture
  • Spanish
  • Literacy
  • EAL
  • Voice


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