Debbie McLeod

Mrs, Teaching Fellow

  • United Kingdom

Personal profile

Personal Statement

Debbie graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with an Honours degree in Biological Sciences followed by a PGCE with Distinction in Teaching from Strathclyde University 2000. Debbie was Principal teacher of Biology in an East Dunbartonshire council school for 8 years before joining the University of Strathclyde School of Education on secondment in August 2015.

A Teaching Fellow since 2017, Debbie is the PGDE & Degrees with Secondary Qualification Depute course leader with a remit that contributes to the strategic development and wellbeing of the PGDE programmes within the School of Education. As the PGDE & Degrees with Secondary Qualification assessment coordinator, Debbie strives to ensure a robust approach to assessment with consideration of equity and inclusive processes to enhance the student experience.

As coordinator of the PGDE Biology with Science course, Debbie is responsible for recruitment to the course, and is keen to share her knowledge and expertise to maximise the experiences of student teachers as they work to inform their practice and become effective classroom practitioners. Proactive in building strong relationships and partnership with schools and partner agencies, Debbie works enthusiastically to support and assess PGDE students on placement.

Debbie also teaches on the BA Primary Education course, with a focus on Education for Sustainable Development and has a keen interest in promoting STEM Education in the primary school offering CLPL to local authorities and primary school practitioners.

Debbie is involved in the work of the University, and is an active member of several committees as a representative for the School of Education including the Faculty Learning Enhancement committee and Faculty Board of Studies. As convener of the Leadership in Learning network and chair of the School of Education Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing (Induction)  sub committee, Debbie has a remit to create an induction and mentorship programme to support new members of staff. Debbie is keen to promote STEM education, and is an active member of the STEM network working in collaboration with several faculties across the University.

As an active member of the Strathcyde Climate Ambassadors Network (SCAN) and FRESK climate change facilitator, Debbie is passionate about edcation for sustainable development and leads a variety of projects to incorporate ESD in the Initial teacher education (ITE) programmes. 

In 2022, Debbie was awarded Senior Fellowship of the prestigious Higher Education Academy.

Teaching Interests

PGDE Depute Course leader 

Member of the PGDE Course Managment Team and PGDE Biology coordinator. 

PGDE Assessment coordinator



BA yr4 Science in the Primary School 

PGDE Curriculum and Pedagogy: Biology with Science

PGDE Educational studies: professional Values 

PGDE Professional Learning Through Enquiry

Other roles: 

Chair of the Faculty Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing (Induction) sub committee

Convener of the University Leadership in Learning network 

PGDE Biology with Science admissions selector

School of Education representative in the Faculty Board of Studies




Research Interests

Scottish Education and Curriculum Policy 

STEM Education in Primary schools 

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Leadership development in the Higher Education learning and teaching context

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Certificate of Education , University Of Strathclyde

17 Jun 201930 Jun 2020

Award Date: 30 Jun 2000

Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University

Award Date: 30 Aug 1998

External positions

Member, Royal Society of Biology

2015 → …


  • PGDE , STEM, Biology, Effective teaching and learning , STEM in Primary School,


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