Paul Hamilton

Teaching Fellow in History Education

  • Institute for Education, Teaching and Leadership
  • Moray house School of Education and Sport
  • University of Edinburgh

Contact details



Moray House School of Education and Sport
Institute for Education, Teaching and Leadership
Rm. 204, Charteris Land
Holyrood Road

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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).  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.

For three years, Paul was an Associate Tutor at the University of Glasgow's School of Education, supervising students on the MSc Educational Studies course.  Paul is currently in the final stages of his EdD research at the University of Strathclyde, preparing a thesis that will examine the experiences of young people who participate in First World War battlefield tours.


LL.B (Hons)

M.A. (Historical Studies)

PGDE Secondary Education (History)

EdD [In Progress]

Responsibilities & affiliations

Vice-Chair, Skylark IX Recovery Trust

Education & Training Committee Member, Law Society of Scotland

Postgraduate teaching

PGDE History (Curriculum & Pedagogy)

Professional Studies (PGDE Secondary)

Research summary

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


Legal Education:  Paul has worked 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.

Current research interests

Paul's current doctoral research is focused upon the experiences of young people who visit the former battlefields of the First World War. It has its foundations in education, but is interdisciplinary, with aspects of history, archaeology and psychology.  Where many similar studies have looked at aspects of battlefield tourism from a cultural perspective, Paul's research is interpretive through the experiences of young people and their consideration of remembrance, commemoration and memorialisation.

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.


Exam Scot;

September 2020:  Teaching without a final exam: National Progression Awards in Law.


Nexus Education;

November 2022: Five ways to develop teacher agency.


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.


TES Scotland;

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

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