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Professor Stanley Nisbet, the then Professor of Education at Glasgow University, started the Educational Colloquium in 1954.  It was founded to help ensure that graduates from the education department had a forum to keep in touch with one another both professionally and socially.  It was also established to provide opportunities for the continuation of members’ educational and psychological interests and for the discussion and evaluation of recent developments in these fields. Stanley Nisbet attended and supported the Colloquium assiduously until his death in 2004.
Professor Donald Gillies

The chair of the Educational Colloquium for 2017 - 2018

Donald is the Dean of the School of Education, University of the West of Scotland.  Before that, he was Professor of Education Policy at York St John University from 2012.
He was Lecturer, and then Senior lecturer, in Educational Studies at the University of Strathclyde from 2005-2012.

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The annual programme attracts high quality speakers and presenters the discussions are interactive, lively, informative and stimulating. Every meeting, true to Stanley’s original intentions, includes time for socialising and a good chat among the members and their guests.  The annual Stanley Nisbet Lecture attracts a large audience of individuals who are actively involved in Scottish education.The Lecture is always a great event and is presented by individuals who have made a significant impact on Scotland and on education in Scotland.Originally associated with Glasgow University the Colloquium is now also linked to Strathclyde University and the University of the West of Scotland. The Colloquium is also a nationally registered provider of continuous professional development for teachers.

His influence on the Colloquium continues particularly his love of challenging and stimulating debate and discussion and his encouragement to individuals from all sectors and interests to participate and share their expertise and experience. Fifty plus years on the Colloquium continues to attract a wide range of members from nurseries, schools, colleges, universities and organisations which have a role in education and learning.


Please Note

The next meeting of the Colloquium will be held on

Thursday 1st February 2018

5:30 for 6:00 The School of Education, University of Glasgow, St Andrew’s Building,

11 Eldon Street.

The Speaker will be

Dr Katie Buston,Senior Investigator Scientist (MRC/SCO Social and Public Health Science Unit),  Hon. Research Fellow (School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing)

University of Glasgow

Subject “Young Fathers in Prison : Helping Them to Parent.”

The Colloquium is a registered CPD provider and the full programme counts as 10 hours of CPD, 2 hours per meeting.  CPD certificates are available at all meetings.  If you would like to find out what it is like and meet a great group of people just come along to a meeting, without charge…and bring a friend!   


Welcome to The Educational Colloquium of the Universities 
of Glasgow, Strathclyde & West of Scotland.

The regular meetings of the Colloquium are held in the School of Education, St Andrew’s Building, 11 Eldon Street, Glasgow on the first Thursday of the month at 5:30 for 6:00pm any change to this will be posted on these pages.