Dr Jule Hildmann

Senior Research Fellow (Outdoor Learning)

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

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Moray House School of Education and Sport, TL 2.04

University of Edinburgh (Holyrood Campus)
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Teaching (in Secondary Education) is my original profession, which I chose hoping to contribute to the social and personal growth of young individuals. Upon realizing that the school system I was working in did not leave enough room for me to do this, I gained qualifications in Outdoor/Adventure Education (OAE), left public service as a teacher, and worked as a facilitator for team development in the profit and non profit sector. Offering my insights from OAE to alleviate some shortcomings of the formal school system, I conducted my PhD research project on 'Experiential Education in the classroom' and went into train-the-trainer facilitation. Further specialisations and qualifications followed.

In 2013, I joined the Outdoor Education Unit at Moray House with an EU-funded research project. Since November 2015, I am teaching on the MSc Outdoor Education, Outdoor Environmental and Sustainability Education and Initial Teacher Education programmes at Moray House as well as conducting my own research and being involved in varying projects.


  • 1. Staatsexamen (~MSc) in Special Education (Pädagogische Hochschule Heidelberg, Germany)
  • 2. Staatsexamen (Teaching Certificate; State of Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
  • Dr. phil. (Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität, München, Germany)
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice (The University of Edinburgh)
  • Accredited as 'Fellow' (Higher Education Academy)
  • various professional qualifications

Research summary

My main research investigates the impact of (outdoor) leadership in educators and the social and personal development in learners.

  • Personal and social development
  • (Outdoor) Leadership
  • The 'Art' of facilitating learning processes
  • Ethics and values in education
  • Neuropsychology and embodiment

View all 35 publications on Research Explorer

My teaching activities have included:

  • Course organizer for "Personal and social development in outdoor education - critical perspectives" and "Collaborate working in children's services" (ASL suite)
  • Guest lectures and other contributions to the MSc in Outdoor Education / Outdoor Environmental and Sustainability Education
  • CPD courses on outdoor adventure education topics, for the Centrum für Erlebnispädagogik Volkersberg, Germany
  • Individual events, such as Innovative Learning Week