People at STEP
Communications and Finance Administrator
Katia is a first point of contact for most people who get in touch with STEP and supports the team in all of their roles and responsibilities.
Katia has worked at The University of Edinburgh since 2005 for several EU research projects as Event Coordinator and Project Manager, as well as Production Manager for educational documentaries.
She can be contacted at STEP from Tuesday to Thursday:
Tel: +44 (0) 131 651 6444 (09:30 AM to 04:30 PM) | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prior to becoming Director at STEP, Maureen came to Moray House as the lead researcher on the Scottish Government-funded e-Lates (e-Learning and Traveller Education) project. Related positions in the field have included primary teacher, Head of Education at the National Galleries of Scotland and Creative Learning Officer at Education Scotland.
Maureen has led a range of research and published evaluations, including Bookstart Backpacks, East Lothian Council, 2009, Writers in Education: three-way mentoring programme, Scottish Book Trust, 2009, On the Money, Learning and Teaching Scotland, 2008, Reading Rich, Scottish Government, 2008, Rethinking Disability Representation, Nesta/University of Leicester, 2007, Edinburgh Artists’ Training Programme, Scottish Arts Council, 2005 and she authored the first Learning and Outreach Strategy to support the V&A Dundee’s initial lottery bid. She has consulted on digital education strategies for the National Maritime Museum, London and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Maureen’s doctoral research explores digital, visual media for social change. Other research strands are centred on spatial and mobilities theories to understand relationships between education and out of school learning environments. Maureen teaches on post- and undergraduate courses including The Social Context of Education, Approaches to Learning (Creating) and supervises Professional Research in Education students. She is a member of the Children and Technology Research Group, Laer lab and the post-humanism reading group. Contact Maureen on email@example.com
Mary’s role at STEP is to provide knowledge, information and expertise about Travelling people in Scotland for educators and local and national policy makers. Mary joined STEP following its successful partnership bid with Glasgow City Council (GCC) for Government funding to promote the educational interests of Gypsies and Travellers. Recently retired from her post as a social inclusion officer for GCC, Mary is a Scottish Gypsy/Traveller who brings to STEP her wide experience of developing and delivering educational services for the City of Glasgow, including support for Travelling families’ access to education. Mary is currently engaged in a local authority consultation with Gypsy/Traveller families regarding accommodation.
Pauline is a postdoctoral Research Associate for STEP – currently working on research around mobilities, education and digital technology funded by the Scottish Government. After completing an ESRC-funded PhD in 2013 exploring drawing as a method of accessing young children’s perspectives on play within a social semiotic framework, she has worked on a wide range of research projects for various Scottish HE institutions including the University of Stirling, University of Strathclyde and the University of Edinburgh. She has also conducted research for the NHS, Scottish Childminding Association, the BBC and consulted on the CBeebies website to improve educational online content. Pauline has spoken about her research extensively across the UK and internationally in British Columbia and United States. Recent publications include ‘Pigs, Planes, and Play-doh: Children’s perspectives on play as revealed by their drawings’ in The American Journal of Play, ‘Lessons from using iPads to understand young children’s creativity’ in Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood; and ‘Three questions about the Internet of Things and children’ in the journal TechTrends. Pauline has taught on the undergraduate BSc in Primary Education course (Cognitive and Social Child Development) and the postgraduate MSc in Research Methods course within Moray House, is a member of the Children and Technology Group, University of Edinburgh and is a reviewer for the Journal of Early Childhood Research and Neos journal. For more information on previous research and publications visit http://www.ed.ac.uk/profile/pauline-duncan