Douglas is Senior Lecturer in Media and Journalism at Glasgow Caledonian University, having received a PhD in Economics from GCU in 2003. Before joining GCU in 1995, Douglas worked for fourteen years for the Communist Party and its successor organisation Democratic Left in Scotland, and for a period was secretary of the Campaign for a Scottish Parliament.
Very interested in learning and teaching approaches, Douglas has previously been the winner of the Higher Education Academy’s UK award for best Virtual Learning Environment, and in 2011 won the GCU students’ award for Effective Teaching that makes best use of New Technology. Douglas was also one of the first lecturers to be awarded Caledonian Scholar status at GCU for his work on using Wikis and Blogs in teaching.
One of Scotland’s leading researchers in the interplay between economic and social development and the Gaelic language, Douglas continues to publish in this field having been the author of a dozen book chapters in this field in the past five years. Between 2005 and 2010 he was also a member of the BBC Broadcasting Council, then Audience Council in Scotland, with a particular remit for monitoring Gaelic language output, and played a key role in the discussions regarding the launch of BBC Alba, Scotland’s Gaelic TV Channel.
He is currently contributing to GCU’s offering in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise in the Communication, Cultural and Media Studies unit of assessment.
A member of the University Senate, Douglas is also the Vice President of the University and College Union UCU. Douglas says of his appointment to the GCU Court “I was very grateful to be elected by my colleagues in the academic staff to be a staff governor, and I hope to be able to use my knowledge of Higher Education and my wider knowledge to positively contribute to the forward strategy of our University, which has such a proud record in our community – particularly in terms of widening access and making the ideas of the Common Weal a reality."
A keen linguist, Douglas is fluent in French and has a good working proficiency in Spanish, German and Scottish Gaelic. When he has spare time, he is a keen runner, songwriter, and outdoor swimmer.