Dr Andrew Horrell

Director of Undergraduate Studies / Senior Lecturer in Physical Education

  • Moray House School of Education and Sport, ISPEHS
  • University of Edinburgh

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Moray House School of Education and Sport
St Leonard's Land

University of Edinburgh (Holyrood Campus)
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Andrew Horrell is a senior lecturer in Physical Education at the Moray House School of Education and Sport. He is the Director for Undergraduate Studies and teaches on a range of courses on the MA (Hons) Physical Education programme and on other degree programmes in the School. Before becoming a lecturer Andrew worked in secondary schools as a physical education teacher. His current research interests include; curriculum development and enactment; physical education teachers’ lives and careers, and initial teacher education. Andrew works with the British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI) on an ongoing project which is using the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) to credit rate their courses. He has also worked on a project funded by the Scottish Government which led to the creation of professional development courses for teachers in six local authorities which were credit rated and on the SCQF database.  

Responsibilities & affiliations

Edinburgh College of Art: I represent the Moray House School of Education on the ECA Board of Studies. 

British Association of Snowsport Instructors: I provide the academic lead on a project to credit rate all British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI) courses using the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) and advise on curriculum development and quality assurance processes to enhance teaching and learning.     

External Examiner: I have acted as an External Examiner for an ITE programme at another university in Scotland and examined post graduate masters degrees by research for other universities within the UK.

Adjunct Lecturer: I was appointed as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Limerick in 2018 and work with the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences (EHS) to advise and support the work of the Physical Education & Sport Sciences department.

Undergraduate teaching

My areas of professional and academic expertise lie in the following areas:

  • Physical Education Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Aesthetics
  • Sociology
  • Curriculum theory and policy
  • Qualitative research 
  • Assessment and quality assurance


Postgraduate teaching

  • PGDE Secondary


Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I am keen to supervise research in the areas of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. I have interests in physical education, physical activity and outdoor education.

Research summary

  • initial teacher education and curriculum policy, pedagogy, assessment and curriculum in physical education
  • professional learning
  • physical education teachers lives and careers
  • aspects of teaching and learning aesthetic perspectives through physical education
  • self-efficacy through physical education
  • using technology and ICT to support learning in physical education

Current research interests

My current research focuses on secondary school physical education teachers’ experiences of curriculum design. 

Project activity

Using Media Hopper to Enhance Peer-Teaching and Develop Professional Judgement and Decision Making Expertise in Student Physical Education Teachers

This project funded by the Principal's Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS) seeks to use video capturing techniques so that University-based peer-teaching episodes which students undertake in the 3rd year of their ITE programme can be used as a resource to promote a more systematic approach to professional development. The recording of the peer-teaching episodes will provide the opportunity for students to engage in collaborative practitioner enquiry beyond the mentor-mentee relationship of school placements (Girvan, Conneely & Tangney, 2016).

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