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In 1988 he took early retirement and became a self-employed general worker in education.  Here’s a summary of what he did in those years. UBI Scotland – manager of teacher placement service; SED and Scottish Office - two literature reviews and  consultant on two development projects; for Scottish Council for Research in Education – researcher and\or consultant on seven research projects;for University of Strathclyde – MSc tutor and thesis supervisor; for University of Glasgow – Education Department – MEd tutor and thesis supervisor, Adult Education – course tutor and thesis supervisor,Teaching and Learning Service – consultant, the Open University -  tutor, counsellor, examiner and staff monitor for two MA (Ed) courses and their EdD.He was the author or co-author of thirteen research reports, six learning packages, five chapters in books, and six articles for the 2002 Research Assessment Exercise.In 1998 the University of Glasgow made him a Senior Honorary Research Fellow. He disconcerted people again by enrolling as a research student in the University of Stirling. Asked to make some sense of his career he said ‘The only things I ever really cared about were learning and helping others to learn.

The Colloquium very much appreciates Colin taking time out of his very busy schedule to share his views and experience with us on this important matter.
Speaker for the Opening Dinner 6th October 2011
Dr Colin Holroyd

Colin started his working life as a science teacher, first in Edinburgh and then in Cyprus. He then became a lecturer in science at Jordanhill College, then a lecturer in education at Glasgow University. In 1971 he went back to Jordanhill as head of education. He disconcerted people in 1974 by moving to become head of chemistry.  In 1981 he disconcerted people again by getting himself seconded to Clydebank High School as a teacher of science to less able pupils. From 1985 to 1988 he directed the Science Monitoring exercise for Scotland.
Speaker for 3rd November 2011

Graham Short TD, MA (Cantab), Med

Graham started working life with RHM Foods as a transport manager working throughout the UK.  He then attended Hamilton College of Education and his first teaching post was in Kilmarnock.  Following work with TVEI, he was a member of Strathclyde Region’s Quality Assurance Unit.  At Government reorganisation in 1996, he joined East Ayrshire Council as the Head of Quality Improvement and then as Depute Director of Education.
For 19 years he has served with the Territorial Army.  He has run marathons, including Mongolia and Antarctica, but now prefers to watch them on TV.

Graham is married with 2 sons.
The Colloquium very much appreciates Graham taking time out of his very busy schedule to share his views and experience with us on this important matter.
Dr John Mathers is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a BASES Accredited Sports Psychologist. He is the Director of Learning and Teaching in Sports Studies at the University of Stirling and lectures on sports science topics within the Sport Studies Degree Programmes. He is module co-ordinator for three sports science modules within the programme including module SPS9B4 (The Psychology of Sport) which centres on the control of behaviour in competitive sports settings. In addition to the academic teaching, John also provides sports psychology services to members of the University’s International Sports Scholarship
Speaker for 1st December 2011   
Dr John Mathers
Programme (ISSP). ISSP athletes are given the opportunity to combine their academic study with the development of performance in their chosen sport. He also works with elite amateur and professional sportsmen and sportswomen from a range of different backgrounds and sporting interests. He has provided in-service workshops in sport psychology for the Professional Golfers Association of Great Britain, Belgium, Denmark and has also worked with a range of National Governing Bodies of Sport including the Scottish Cricket Union, the Scottish Hockey Union, Scottish Rally Association and the Scottish Institute of Sport. He has also worked with the SFA Referee Development Department providing advice and guidance to Category 1 referees who are responsible for officiating at SPL and SFL games. John's research interests include the impact of anxiety on human performance, and on the golf putting stroke in particular. He has received external funding for this research from the Carnegie Universities Trust. His research work also extends to the impact of psychological factors (such as mood state) on performance in sport and perhaps most specifically, on the performance criteria in sport that a range of coaching interventions can be measured against.
The Colloquium very much appreciates John taking time out of his very busy schedule to share his views and experience with us on this important matter.

Speaker for 2nd February 2012
Professor Ian Menter
Research interests: Teacher education, primary education, education policy, 'home international' comparative studies
Research collaborations: With University of Strathclyde: Co-co-ordinator of the Joint Research Group on Teacher Education and Teachers' Work
As he prepares for his return to teacher education in England, Ian Menter will reflect on ten years of change in Scottish education and the ways in which the reforms of McCrone,
Donaldson and McCormac have been reshaping teacher professionalism. Ian Menter is currently Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Glasgow and was a founding member of the TETW research group.   In April 2012 he will move to the University of Oxford where he will be Professor of Teacher Education and  Director of Professional Programmes in the Department of Education.
The Colloquium very much appreciates Ian taking time out of his very busy schedule to share his views and experience with us on this important matter.
Speaker for 1st March 2012

Una Gordon - Retired Governor of English Prisons

Subject: A view from inside

Una Gordon grew up in Northern Ireland and took a BA degree in Economic and Social History,Psychology, Philosophy and Political Science at the Queen’s University, Belfast in 1967.In 1968 she joined the English Prison Service, and after training worked for about seven years at Holloway women’s prison in London.  She had managerial oversight of the Education Department and the Prison Hospital, and was responsible for design and delivery of staff training. In 1978 she was promoted to Governor of East Sutton Park open Borstal and Prison in Kent, and in 1983 became Governor of Bullwood Hall in Essex.
In 1988 she moved to Prison Department Headquarters in London and for two years advised on the design and building of prisons, and then six months helping to design and implement the treatment programme for sex offenders. A major challenge came in 1991, to set up and lead a Staff Care and Welfare Service, to look after the needs of all 38,000 staff in the Prison Service. Una established and trained staff to form a multi-disciplinary “Care Team” in each of 140 prisons in England and Wales. They went on to offer practical and emotional support in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic incident at work, backed up by about forty intensively trained staff who provided post traumatic stress counselling.  After retiring in 1997 Una indulged in her great love for animals by becoming an active member of the management committee of Woodside RSPCA animal rescue centre in Leicester.Una joined the Board of Management at Moray College in Elgin in October 2000, serving as Convener of the Audit Committee for about two years before being appointed as Vice-Chair.

The Colloquium very much appreciates Una taking time out of her very busy schedule to share her views and experience with us on this important matter.
Speaker for 19th April 2012
Michael Wood - Director of Education in Dundee
Subject: “Managing Education through Austerity and Contraction”

Michael Wood took up the post of Director of Education in Dundee in July 2011. He started his teaching career over 30 years ago as a primary school teacher. This was followed by a series of promoted posts and two headships before he joined the inspectorate in 1996. During his time as an HMI, he was involved in a wide range of  positions including that of Project Manager
for the Journey to Excellence series and District Inspector for Aberdeenshire, Angus, Dundee and Aberdeen City councils. In 2009, he took up the position as Head of Education in Dundee before moving into his present post.
The Colloquium very much appreciates Michael taking time out of his very busy schedule to share his views and experience with us on this important matter.

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