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Graduate School PGR Conference: 6 September 2017

Interweaving Conference 2017

We are pleased to announce the call for submissions for the Moray House Interweaving Conference: Multidisciplinary Research in an Educational and Sporting Context, which will take place on Wednesday 6 September 2017. The conference is a celebration of postgraduate research from across Moray House School of Education and promises to be a great day of learning and networking. Contributions are now invited from all PGR students and we hope to have every PGR student presenting if possible.

Please note that staff, and collaborative staff and student submissions are welcome, as well as work you may have recently presented in other conferences. The deadline for Abstract Submission is Monday 17 July 2017 (23:59 BST).

Further details about the conference and abstract submissions can be found on the conference website.

Interweaving Conference website



SPARC Conference 2017 | 23 November 2017

Following the success of SPARC 2016, a networking event for those involved in physical activity research, policy and practice in Scotland, we are pleased to announce the launch of SPARC 2017 which will be held in Edinburgh on Thursday 23 November 2017.

Further information on the conference website

The Global Impact of Sport | Summer School 2017

Join us in the summer of 2017 to explore the relationship between sport, heritage, and culture around the world with The Global Impact of Sport, a new Academy of Sport short course from the University of Edinburgh Summer School and Moray House School of Education.

Focussing on two themes – Sport, Heritage, and Scottish Culture and Sport and Global Affairs – you will discover how sport has developed as a  cost effective social tool involved in addressing many of the world’s social and humanitarian issues.

Note: There is 50% discount for current University of Edinburgh students on the following courses: 

  • The Global Impact of Sport
  • Learning Across the Curriculum: On Foot through Edinburgh
  • New Directions in Second Language Teaching

Further information on 'The Global Impact of Sport' website

Olympic medallist Mark Robertson enters Hall of Fame

Congrtulations to our MSc Strength & Conditioning graduate, Mark Robertson, on entering the Unversity's Hall of Fame in May. Rugby player Mark was a key member of Team GB’s silver-medal-winning Sevens squad in Rio, having played in every match en route to the final.

Olympic medallists enter Hall of Fame

MSc Strength & Conditioning programme


Moray House Annual Public Lecture | “Racists,” “Class Anxieties,” and Hegemonic Racism in Trumpamerica - Professor Eduardo Bonilla-Silva - CANCELLED

We are very sorry to note that Professor Bonilla-Silva will no longer be able to travel to Scotland on account of a recent accident. Although safe and well, Professor Bonnilla-Silva has received medical advice not to travel. It is with disappointment that we must therefore cancel the lecture.

The organisers regret any inconvenience that this may cause for its guests. This has been entirely unforeseen and beyond control. We apprecaite that this will be a disappointment to many.

We are currently in discussion with the Professor to see if he will be able to travel to Scotland at a later date in the year and we would be happy to appraise you of further details, when an alternative becomes clearer. Please remain on the event list if you wish to hear more.

With Apologies.

Moray House School of Education

SISN Seminar | Understanding the Nature of Nurture: Influences of Family Relationship on Youth Mental Health | 9 May 2017

Hosted by: Dr Gillean McCluskey, Professor Lani Florian and Dr Debi Fry

Speaker:  Professor Gordon Harold, University of Sussex

Date & Time:  Tuesday 9 May 2017, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Abstract:  Mental Health problems among youth constitute an area of significant social, educational, clinical, policy and public health concern. Understanding processes and mechanisms that underlie the development of mental health problems during childhood and adolescence requires theoretical and methodological integration across multiple scientific domains, including developmental science, neuroscience, genetics, education and prevention science. 

The primary focus of this presentation is to examine the relative role of genetic and family environmental influences on children’s emotional and behavioural development. Specifically, a complementary array of genetically sensitive and longitudinal research designs will be employed to examine the role of early environmental adversity (e.g. inter-parental conflict, harsh parenting practices) relative to inherited factors in accounting for individual differences in children’s symptoms of psychopathology (depression, aggression, ADHD). Examples of recent applications of this research to the development of evidence-based intervention programmes aimed at reducing psychopathology in the context of high-risk family settings will also be presented.

Venue: Old Moray House, Balcony Room

Further information: More about SISN’s work

Inaugural Lecture: Professor Cristina Iannelli, Personal Chair of Education and Social Stratification

Title: Degrees of Success: Widening Access to Higher Education & Social Mobility

Date & Time: Wednesday 26 April 2017, 5.30pm

Venue: 50 George Square, G.03

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Are you feeling innovative?

Are you feeling innovative

Donor-funded small project grants of up to £5000 available to students and staff to support innovations in teaching, research and student life

Two windows of opportunity open at the University for six weeks each year to support creative ideas that need a financial kick start. Students and staff are invited to present innovative project ideas or activities during spring and autumn to compete for a share of around £150,000.

100% funded through donations to the Edinburgh Fund, Innovation Initiative grants are an opportunity for graduates and friends of the University to invest in its future and support new thinking in research, teaching and student life.


PERG Seminar / Dr James MacAllister's Book Launch: Reclaiming Discipline for Education: Knowledge, relationships and the birth of community | 26 January 2017

All students and staff are invited to attend this free seminar/book launch.

Abstract: The seminar will revisit some neglected philosophical ideas about discipline in education. I firstly intend to trace the evolution and development of rules and norms based thinking about discipline in education from Kant through to Durkheim, Foucault. Here I suggest that rules based thinking about discipline in eduction continues to dominate much contemporary school discipline policy and practice.  I will thereafter examine Dewey and Macmurray’s rather more democratic ideas about discipline in education. I will conclude by indicating how I think discipline might serves the ends of education as opposed to socialisation. 

Speaker: Dr James MacAllister

Date/Time: Thursday 26 January 2017, 4.30pm - 6pm

Venue: Charteris Land - Room 3.04

Dr Andrew Murray wins Downing Street award

Dr Andrew Murray, from our University’s Physical Activity for Health Research Centre here at Moray House School of Education, has been announced the winner of the Points of Light Award.  

Dr Murray has raised more than £170,000 for charities that include the Yamaa Trust, the African Palliative Care Association UK and the Scottish Association for Mental Health. He received his award on St Andrew’s Day, 30 November 2016.

Your remarkable running challenges are raising funds for three important charities, but also inspiring countless people to become more active and improve their health.

Prime Minister Theresa May 

Graduations / Open Days

Photo of Moray House students on Graduation Day

Graduation is a momentous occasion for every student. We have Winter and Summer Graduation Days.

Open Days are an opportunity for you to come and see the University and out about student life in Edinburgh from those that know it best, our students and staff.


PhD studentships/scholarships

PhD scholarships and studentships in Education.


Research News / Seminars

We already have some research news and details about research seminars / conferences on this page, but you can find more research news and details about many more seminars through the following links.


Professional development courses

We run a wide range of professional development courses.