Jill Steel (PhD student)

Thesis title: Children's Emotional Wellbeing and Reading: Exploring the influence of Reading to Dogs


I am a PhD student within Moray House School of Education and Sport.  My primary interests are in emotional wellbeing and confidence, animal-assisted learning, literacy and learning environment.


My career includes experience both as a Primary School Teacher and a College Lecturer in Childhood Practice.  In addition I volunteered for many years with my dogs as a Therapet visitor in conjunction with the Canine Concern Scotland Trust, and  have conducted research into animal-assisted learning in a P1 classroom during my Masters in Educational Studies  at the University of Glasgow in 2013/14.


Winner of the William Boyd Prize for highest achieving student Masters of Education (Educational Studies) 2013/14 University of Glasgow.



- Open from February 2020 - June 2020.

- Seeking views of UK teachers on Reading to Dogs