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Dr Ken McCulloch

Senior Lecturer in Community Education

Education, Community and Society (ECS)


Tel: +44 (0) 131 651 6184


Paterson's Land Room 1.42



  • PhD The University of Edinburgh 2002
  • MEd Heriot-Watt University 1995
  • PG Diploma in Community Education (Adult Education) The University of Ediunburgh 1988
  • Diploma in Youth & Community Work, Moray House College of Education 1973

From 1973 to 1992 I worked in various local authorities' Youth and Community Service or Community Education Services developing and supporting youth work and adult education programmes in a range of settings. From 1984-1992 I was a Team Leader in the Lothian Regional Council Community Education Service. At that time I also worked as a part-time tutor in the Open University Voluntary Sector Management programme and undertook consultancy work in the voluntary sector.

Since joining the staff at Moray House in 1992 I have undertaken a number of roles including that of Programme Coordinator for the BA Community Education from 1998-2002 and again from 2009-2012. I was Co-Director of the School of Education PhD programme from 2004-2008, and convener of the School Research Ethics Committee from 2009-2012. My teaching commitments involve me in a range of Community Education courses, as well as contributions to other postgraduate courses in the School. My PhD, completed in 2002, was 'Four Days Before the Mast: A study of sail training in the UK' and I have continued to develop research in this field. In my spare time I am co-owner of an 'almost-classic' yacht.

I now work part time. I will generally be working on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and less regularly on Mondays and Fridays

Principal interests

  • young people and non-school, non-formal education, including youth work and, particularly, sail training;
  • young people's citizenship;
  • educational work to help young people become critical social actors.

I am interested in the use of qualitative sociological, ethnographic research methodology in relation to these and other areas of education.

Research Supervision

I am interested in supervising research under the headings above.If you want to discuss a PhD or EdD proposal please contact me by email.

I currently supervise doctoral students in the following areas:

Research supervision

Projects supervised by Dr Ken McCulloch


Publications list for Dr Ken McCulloch

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