Dr Paul Hamilton

Teaching Fellow in History Education & Academic Coordinator (Placements and Partnerships)


Paul is a Teaching Fellow in History Education at Moray House School of Education and Sport with responsibility for the delivery of PGDE Secondary (History).  Paul is also the Academic Coordinator for Work-Based Placements and Partnerships at Moray House, ensuring the overall direction, conduct, governance, organisation, and quality of the placement experience across a range of programmes, but primarily those relating to Initial Teacher Education.

Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, Paul taught history in secondary schools for thirteen years in the West of Scotland, as well as implementing and delivering the National Progression Award in Legal Studies for S6 pupils in West Dunbartonshire.  Paul was also previously an Associate Tutor at the University of Glasgow's School of Education, supervising students on the MSc Educational Studies course. 


LL.B (Hons)

M.A. (Historical Studies)

PGDE Secondary Education (History)


Responsibilities & affiliations

Vice-Chair, Skylark IX Recovery Trust

Postgraduate Member, Royal Historical Society

Postgraduate teaching

PGDE History (Curriculum & Pedagogy)

PGDE Primary (Social Studies)

Professional Studies (PGDE Secondary)

Research summary

History Education:  Paul has a strong interest in the pedagogy of teaching history - in particular the teaching of conflict and associated topics that are regarded by some as being 'difficult and uncomfortable histories'. 

Legal Education:  Paul also works with others at various institutions and organisations to develop approaches to legal education for school-aged pupils.  In particular, issues of accessibility with regards to admission for the LL.B and Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies.

Conference details


To encounter death:  When young people come face to face with human remains

Fields of Conflict

University of Edinburgh (May, 2022)


'Expecting the unexpected': dealing with incidental data

School of Education (Doctoral Showcase)

University of Strathclyde (August, 2021)


Mortality and the battlefield tour

Doctoral Multidisciplinary Symposium

University of Strathclyde (June, 2021)


Alternative careers after the LL.B.

Diploma Fair

Law Society of Scotland (March, 2021)


The 'Next Normal' - Engaging schools with stories of war and conflict

Imperial War Museum (November, 2020)


Encountering death: Young people on battlefield tours

Postgraduate Conference in Conflict Archaeology

University of Glasgow (October, 2019)

In the press

A Home for a Ukranian: Дім для Українців;

February 2023: Short section within 30 teaching ideas.



Nexus Education;

November 2022: Five ways to develop teacher agency.



Primary Teacher Solutions: Ready Pedagogy and Inspirational Ideas;

June 2023: Chapter contribution.




January 2024: Five key points when teaching 'difficult' history


October 2023: Seven reasons Scottish schools should channel the buzz about cycling

Cycling: 7 reasons why schools should channel the buzz around bikes | Tes

July 2022: What do teachers and game show hosts have in common?


December 2020:  Teachers should stand tall as they prepare for 2021.



The Scotsman;

September 2022:  Queen Elizabeth II death: How teachers can explain the Queen's death to children.


January 2021:  What it's really like for Scottish teachers amid Covid-19 pandemic.