Education for Global Citizenship Unit

The Education for Global Citizenship Unit (EGCU) is located within CR&DALL within the Social Justice, Place and Lifelong Education Research Cluster in the School of Education at the University of Glasgow. It is coordinated by Dr Alan Britton while also drawing upon staff from across the wider School of Education in response to the specific needs of particular research and development projects.

Recent major projects led by the Unit have included research into embedding global citizenship into initial teacher education, and in teachers’ career-long professional development, as well as evaluations of various NGO and development projects that seek to enhance education, citizenship and intercultural understanding. The Unit has a growing portfolio of EU funded partnership work relating to intercultural education, the education of migrants and teacher professional development. Dr Britton also undertakes commissioned consultancy work in the field of project evaluation and impact assessment with third sector organisations. The Unit has also had recent lead responsibility for dissemination activities in relation to EU level Projects.

The Unit can contribute specific knowledge, understanding and experience of the connections between education, development and civic engagement, as well as more general expertise on Project Management, Evaluation, Dissemination.

Here are some of its projects:

  • Don't Waste Our Future - Building a European alliance of youngsters against food waste and for new models of sustainable development and consumption in the European Year of Development 2015, a major project funded through the European Union's Europeaid programme.
  • Impact Evaluation for the IDEAS (International Development Education Association of Scotland) project Teach Global Ambassadors Project (2013-2016) funded by the EC, and for IDEAS Global Learning Project (2013-2017) funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID). These two separate Projects involve educational initiatives to enhance systems-wide capacity in multinational contexts around education and development. Dr Britton is Impact Evaluator for both. 
  • European Union Lifelong Learning Programme. Comenius Multilateral Project “Portfolio of Integration” (2011-2013). This Project sought to enhance the educational integration of marginalised new arrivals/immigrants. Dr Britton was the lead project manager for the UK as well as Dissemination coordinator for the wider multilateral partnership.
  • University of Glasgow First Steps Awards. Developing Educational Partnership with Just Trading Co. (2010) See: This was an economic and educational development project to support the business growth of a small NGO working in the field of fair trade and economic and social development in Malawi.
  • European Union Lifelong Learning Programme . Comenius Multilateral Project "Continuing Intercultural Professional Development in Europe" (CIPDE). (2007-2009). See: This Project, for which Dr Britton was the concept developer and PI, involved supporting the development of teachers’ intercultural understanding through online professional engagement across 5 European countries.
  • Department for International Development (DFID), Development Awareness and Teacher Professional Development, (2005-2008) and Learning and Teaching for Global Citizenship in Initial Teacher Education (2001-2004): Two Projects, led by the Global Citizenship Unit, that sought to enhance understanding of key development issues among education professionals and students, in partnership with Development NGOs.
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