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Job Title(s)Head of Education
Chair of the BEd Programme Board
Principal Lecturer
Phone No.+44 (0) 28 9026 8254 
Internal Phone No.ext. 254 


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Short Description

Current Role
I am Head of Education and Chair of the BEd Programme Board at St. Mary’s University College. I am responsible for the leadership and strategic development of the BEd Primary and BEd Post-Primary degree programmes to ensure that they are aligned with government priorities and that they meet the professional requirements of the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland and the Department of Education for Northern Ireland.



I teach on the undergraduate programmes in the areas of the philosophy and sociology of education.


Masters - Leadership for Learning Pathway,

  • EDC7013, Contemporary Management Issues for the Effective School
  • EDC7059, Contemporary Leadership Issues for the Effective School
  • EDC7021, Educational Research Methods



  • Academic Council (Professional Secretary)
  • BEd Programme Board (Chair)
  • Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment Research Centre (Chair)
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Research Committee
  • Schools Partnership
  • Academic Board
  • Catholic Education Working Group
  • International Working Group


  • Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers (Northern Ireland) (UCETNI)
  • General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI) (UCETNI Nominee)
  • GTCNI Leadership Competence Advisory Group (Chair)
  • GTCNI Policy, Registration and Regulation Committee
  • Department of Education for Northern Ireland (DENI) Learning Leaders Induction and Early Professional Development Working Group


  • Visiting professor to the University of Massachusetts
  • Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN) Executive Committee
  • TEAN Journal Reviewer
  • 2014 - 'Initial, Induction and Early Professional Development' work stream (Chair) as part of the development of the DENI Strategy 'Learning Leaders: A Strategy for Teacher Professional Learning' (2016)
  • Educational Enhancement Process Panel Member for Queen's University, Belfast
  • Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) Register of Expert Panellists
  • Panel member on a number of programme reviews and validation events in institutions across the UK and Ireland.


  • 2017 to current: University of Glasgow MEduc Programme
  • 2015 to current: Manchester Metropolitan University BA (Hons) Programme
  • 2013 to 2017: University of Glasgow BEd Programme


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Member of the International Professional Development Association (IPDA)


  • 2018: Recipient of the Gordon Kirk Travel Bursary (UCET)
  • 2016: Recipient of the TEAN Commendation for Effective Practice in Teacher Education

Current Research


My research interests focus on Teacher Professional Learning and Development.

Recent Publications

Hagan, M. and Eaton, P. (forthcoming 2020), Teacher Education in Northern Ireland: Reason to be Cheerful or a Wicked Problem?, Teacher Development

Hagan, M. (2016), Learning and Teaching in a Catholic College: The Importance of Ethos, International Studies in Catholic Education, Vol 8 No 1, pp. 102-119 ISSN: 1942-2539 (Print) 1942-2547 (Online)

Hagan, M. (contributing author) in Nehring, J. and Szczesiul, S. (2015). Redefining high performance in Northern Ireland: Deeper learning and twenty-first century skills meet high stakes accountability. Journal of Educational Change: 16(3), 327-348

Hagan, M. (2013), Developing teacher competence and professionalism in Northern Ireland: an analysis of 'Teaching the Reflective Profession' (GTCNI, 2007), Teacher Education Network Journal, Vol. 5 (1) pp. 60-69

Recent Conference Presentations

Devlin, G., Hagan, M. and McCartan, C. (2019), Learning Leaders: The role of the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland in developing Leadership Competence, Paper presented at the Teacher Education Advancement Network Conference, Birmingham, 9-10 May 2019

Hagan, M. (2018), ‘Developing Self-Authorship through Reflective Practice in Initial Teacher Education’, Paper presented at Teacher Education Policy in Europe (TEPE), University of Braga, Portugal, 17-19 May 2018

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