Danny Murphy

Honorary Fellow


Following fascinating experience as a Volunteer Education Adviser in Cambodia after my retirement from service as a secondary school headteacher, I returned to work (2011) in the University sector - teaching on leadership development programmes for headteachers and writing about schooling and education more generally. In 2017 I resigned from my salaried position in the University and accepted a role as Honorary Fellow, in which I continue to contribute to teaching programmes and to write and publish on educational issues.

Latest Professional publications: 

Murphy, D. (2018) Chapter 27 'Leadership, Management and Organisation in the Secondary School ' in Gilles, D. et al (eds) 'Scottish Education' (5th edition)Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press 

Freeman, R., McHardy, F. and Murphy, D. (eds) (2017) Working for Equality: Policy, Politics, People (Paisley: CCWB Press)  http://www.postcardsfromscotland.co.uk/book12.html 

O'Brien, J., Murphy D., Draper, J. Forde, C. and McMahon, M. (2016) School Leadership (3rd completely revised edition), Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press http://www.dunedinacademicpress.co.uk/page/detail/School-Leadership/?K=e2014070618504206 

Murphy, D., Croxford, L., Howieson, C., Raffe, D.  (eds) (2015) Everyone's Future:  lessons from fifty years of Scottish comprehensive schooling, London: Trentham/Institute of Education  https://ioepress.co.uk/books/schools-and-schooling/everyones-future/ 

Murphy, D. (2014)  Schooling Scotland: Education, equity and community, Edinburgh: Argyll Press http://www.postcardsfromscotland.co.uk/book_07.html

Murphy, D. (2nd edition 2013) Professional School Leadership: Dealing with Dilemmas, Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press.  Also available in all e.book formats. http://www.dunedinacademicpress.co.uk/page/detail/Professional-School-Leadership/?K=9781780460185

Career highlights:

  • Served successfully as Headteacher of three very different Scottish comprehensive schools over two decades (HT at Crieff HS, McLaren HS and Lornshill Academy).
  • Made significant contributions to practice and theory of school leadership as Founder Director of Centre for Educational Leadership, University of Edinburgh.
  • Served on many national committees in Scottish Education (curriculum and leadership policy).
  • Extensive track record in leading and facilitating professional development. 


Postgraduate teaching

  • Master of Education (Educational Leadership and Management):  Teaching and Dissertation supervision

Research summary

  • Policy development
  • Professional development 
  • The experience and character of secondary education
  • School leadership and management

Books and Chapters (recent):

Everyone's Future: lessons from fifty years of Scottish comprehensive schooling (2015:  Trentham/Institute of Education) (co-editor)

Schooling Scotland: Education, equity and community (2014: Edinburgh: Argyll Publishing)

Professional School Leadership: Dealing with Dilemmas (2nd edition 2013: Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press )

'School Leadership' with Jim O'Brien and Janet Draper (2nd edition 2008) Edinburgh: Dunedin Press. Chapters in the 3rd edition (due 2016) Jim O'Brien (ed).

'Democratic Schooling in Scotland: Past, Present and Future', Chapter in Brown, J, Ross, H and Munn, P (eds) (2012) 'Democratic Citizenship in Schools' Edinburgh: Dunedin Press.


Chapters in 'School Leadership' (ed Jim O'Brien  2016) Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press.