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Karen MacFarlane

Karen MacFarlaneAbout Karen

Karen works with colleagues across the University to develop an inclusive curriculum, pedagogy, and flexible provision, to enhance the student experience, and to support the implementation of GCU’s WP Strategy

Karen’s main areas of responsibility include:

  • working with academic Schools, support services, staff and students to implement the WP strategy;
  • providing project leadership, management and coordination (incl. Regionally Coherent Access and Employability Provision, formerly WARP) targeted at transition, progression, and retention;
  • working closely with GGAP and the rest of the University to support articulation;
  • supporting the development and implementation of GCU’s Schools Engagement Strategy and Transition Support Framework;
  • leading on implementation of GCU’s RPL Policy [[http://www.gcu.ac.uk/quality/handbook/documents_index.html]];
  • providing an ‘observatory’ role in terms of policy and practice beyond GCU;
  • liaison with external stakeholders in relation to policy and practice (partner secondary schools and colleges, Scottish Government, SFC, QAA, Universities Scotland, SCQF, SDS, etc.);
  • engaging in WP oriented research and development (internal/external);
  • disseminating outcomes at academic conferences, policy fora, and peer-reviewed journal articles.

After graduating with a First Class Honours Degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Glasgow in 1987, Karen worked in the field of psychological research at the University of Manchester. This was before joining the SQA as Research Officer in 1990 where she worked on a variety of projects including revising and developing SVQs and GSVQs and the ‘Towards Best Assessment Practice’ project which aimed to highlight good assessment practice in the delivery of vocational qualifications.

Karen has worked as Research Fellow in the area of college – university links at Glasgow Caledonian University since 1996. Prior to her current role Karen led and co-ordinated the Greater Glasgow Articulation Partnership programme of work.

How to contact Karen

Karen MacFarlane
Researcher, Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning
William Harley Building (room H113B)
Tel: +44 (0)141 273 1341
Email: K.MacFarlane@gcu.ac.uk