Lee Coutts

Lee Coutts


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Academic / Professional qualifications

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE)

Doctor of Education, University of Strathclyde 

Master of Education, University of Strathclyde

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Learning & Leadership, University of Stirling 

Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Business Studies and Professional Education, First Class & Distinction in Teaching, University of Stirling

Research Interests

  • Education policy conceptions and policy analysis
  • Scottish education and curriculum policy
  • Transformative teaching and learning
  • Authentic assessment 
  • Further education and Scotland’s colleges

Teaching Interests

Associate Director of Postgraduate Research 

Member of the PGDE Course Management Team and PGDE Business Education Coordinator.

Leader of Professional Practice for all Secondary Education students.  

Module Leader:

  • X3814 Policy and Practice: Early Career Development
  • X7432 Policy and Politics in Education
  • X9585 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Business Education
  • X9575 Professional Skills: Professional Practice (Secondary Education)
  • EdD Thesis Preparation 


  • X9646 Methods of Enquiry, Literature and Scholarship 
  • X9645 Advanced Research Methods and Thesis Proposal
  • Masters and Doctoral supervision

Other Roles:

  • Chair of the College Partnership Group 
  • EdD Admissions Selector 
  • PGDE Business Education Admissions Selector
  • School Library Representative 

Personal Statement

Lee is Associate Director for Postgraduate Research in the School of Education. He joined Strathclyde's School of Education on a full-time basis in August 2019, having worked in the further and secondary education sectors for 13 years.  He completed his Masters and Doctorate in Education at Strathclyde.

Lee is a member of the PGDE Course Management Team and leads the Professional Practice (Secondary) module.  He coordinates the PGDE Business Education programme.  His teaching is primarily on the PGDE and Doctor of Education programmes.  He Chairs the School's College Partnership Group and is leading the development of a new teaching qualification (TQ) for College lecturers, to be introduced from August 2022.  

Lee achieved Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE) status in October 2021.  

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 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Education


Award Date: 24 Jun 2019

Master of Education, University Of Strathclyde


Award Date: 27 Jun 2014

Bachelor of Arts, University of Stirling


Award Date: 20 Jun 2006


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