Dr Alexander Gardner-Mctaggart

Lecturer in Education

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I am the academic theme lead for flexible learning and this work engages me between the three faculties and our transnational (and local) programmes and CPD aimed at non-standard university students, whether these be professionals, carers, those who live far away in different parts of the world, or all of the above. This position gives me the opportunity to champion the kind of learning I understand so well, having achieved all but my bachelors while teaching and in full employment. Manchester has increadible potential to serve the professional leaders of today (and tomorrow), but also disadvantaged groups and demographics through its growing flexible palette of courses and programmes, and I am excited to be able to support this with my experience and knowledge of a lifetime in international education.

I was the initial start up programme director of the award winning Masters degree in Educational Leadership in Practice, where I still maintain a strong teaching and supervisory presence. I am interested in equity distinction and power in education and its leadership, but also global crises and educational leadership, and of course, leading flexible education in times of crisis and beyond. My work seeks to better understand how educational leadership is experienced by teachers, leaders and children, and to explore transformational ways to generate positive working environments, with happy children, and collegial, relational work conditions. My work often utilises the social thinking tools of Bourdieu and Habermas, among others.

I am associate editor of scholarly journal Educational Management Administration and Leadership and founding convenor of the British Educational Leadership Management Administration Society (BELMAS) Research Interest Group Comparative and International Education. In MIE I am an active member of the Critical Educational Policy research interest group.

I supervise PhD students, and particularly welcome proposals from those interested in international schools leadership, educational leadership and crises, and leadership in flexible learning.

External positions

External Examiner - MA Educational Management, King's College London

1 Apr 2022 → …

External Assessor - MA Inclusive Practice, The Open University, School of Education

1 Jan 2022 → …

Visiting Professor, Johannes Kepler Universitat - Linz

1 Oct 202115 Feb 2022

External Assessor - MA Educational Leadership, Coventry University

1 Apr 2021 → …

Visiting Scholar (Aborted), University of Melbourne

Apr 2020

Co-convenor Comparative and International Education, BERA (British Educational Research Association)

1 Aug 2019 → …

External Examiner, International Baccalaureate Organisation

1 Oct 2011 → …

Areas of expertise

  • L Education (General) - Educational Leadership, International education, Global Citizenship Education, Distinction, Inclusivity Equity Diversity

Research Networks and Beacons


  • Educational Leadership, The Inernational Baccalaureate, International Schools, Bourdieu, Globalisation, The IB Learner Profile, Global Citizenship Education, Cultural Laundering, The Imperial Gaze, The International Gaze

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2018 - Doctor of Education, Ph.D. The International Bacclaureate and Globalisation. Implications for Educational Leadership, University of Nottingham (2012 - 2018)
  • 2007 - Master of Education, Applied Linguistics, The Open University (2004 - 2007)
  • 1995 - Bachelor of Arts, German, Queen Mary University of London (1991 - 1995)

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