PhD Student in UCD School of Education, Thesis topic: Post-primary school leadership preparation and development in Ireland;
Description: Working as a post-primary school teacher, Gavin completed further graduate study in Educational Leadership at University College Dublin. Subsequently, having been awarded a competitive Cambridge Trust Scholarship, he completed an MPhil at the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Education. Currently, Gavin is a PhD Research Scholar at the School of Education, University College Dublin, where he also works in initial teacher and leadership education programmes.
He is a member of the ‘Leading, Teaching, Learning’ research cluster at the School of Education, and his research broadly examines professional education for teachers and principals, as well as educational reform and schools as organisations. Gavin has presented his research internationally. He has explored the topic of student voice and participation, its relationship to learning and contemplated how leadership can continue to address this relationship in post-primary schools in Ireland and internationally. Most recently he was awarded an Endeavour Fellowship (2018 Round) by the Australian Government to the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education, undertaking comparative research between Ireland and Australia.