The Speaker for the Colloquium Opening Dinner on Thursday 6th October 2016
Iain Nisbet, Independent education law consultant at Iain Nisbet Education Law Consultancy, Graduate of Strathclyde University.
Subject: "From Classroom to Courtroom – the Positive Role of Law and Litigation in Scottish Education"
Iain Nisbet is an independent law consultant, with particular expertise and interest in additional support needs law and equality law in Scotland. A graduate of the University of Strathclyde, he is well known for his role as Head of Education Law at the Govan Law Centre in Glasgow which he held from 2001 to 2015.
He is the chair of the advisory group on Additional Support for Learning and a former
Ranked within Band 1 in the Education (Individuals) category for the UK, Chambers UK 2016 notes: “Peers laud him as 'a fount of knowledge in all matters with regard to education law. He is patient, sympathetic and very good with the parents who seek his advice about their disabled children.”
The Colloquium very much appreciates Iain taking time out of his very busy schedule to share his views and experience with us on this important matter.
The Speaker for Thursday 3rd November 2016
Subject: "Children in Their Early Years: Policy and Practice in Scotland."
The chair of the Educational Colloquium for 2014 -
AEE, Associateship in Early Education, University of Strathclyde. Primary Teaching, University of Strathclyde.
Jean was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of SPPA in August 2013. SPPA is Scotland’s
largest voluntary sector national organisation providing direct support services
to community led early education and childcare services. SPPA was established 45
years ago and is very proud to support around 1,000 Early Years Member Groups as
well as providing an increasing number of prevention and early intervention services
to support Scotland’s children and families. SPPA works in partnership with other
agencies to support Scottish Government’s vision to make Scotland the best place
in the world to grow up. SPPA’s two-
Prior to taking up post at SPPA, Jean was a Programme Director in Education Scotland (Scottish Government Agency) with responsibility for a wide variety of curriculum teams and areas including Early Years, Literacy, Numeracy, Health and Wellbeing, Supporting Children and Young People, Outdoor Learning, Studying Scotland, Gaelic, Parental Involvement, Skills for Learning, Life and Work, Opportunities for All. Jean had initially joined Education Scotland, (formerly Learning and Teaching Scotland) in 2007 as Early Years Team Leader.
Jean started out her career as a primary teacher working first of all in nursery schools and then in primary.
She then moved into the Further Education sector (Langside College) as a Lecturer where she supported students, education practitioners and heads of establishment undertaking early education and childcare training programmes. Jean subsequently became a Senior Lecturer and her most recent post before joining LTS was Head of School of Education at James Watt College of Further and Higher Education.
As well as teaching in FE, Jean has worked at University of Glasgow on the B.Ed and
BA Childhood Studies degree programmes. She also worked in partnership with University
of Strathclyde to design, develop and deliver the degree BA Education and Social
Services: a degree focusing on multi-
Jean’s work portfolio includes working as Educational Consultant for BBC’s children’s programmes and she is currently a member of the research team for Best Possible Start, which is due to be published in June 2014.
In her previous and present role(s), Jean has built up considerable experience in driving and contributing to local and national developments and initiatives. Jean continues to place a high level of importance on supporting children and families through effective collaborative approaches.
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The Speaker for Thursday 1st December 2016
Gillian Hamilton, Chief Executive Scottish College for Educational Learning
Gillian took up post as the first Chief Executive of the Scottish College for Educational Leadership on 1 September 2014. She has worked in Scottish education for 26 years and has held posts as a Primary Teacher, Senior Teacher, Depute Head Teacher and Head Teacher in schools in Glasgow, North Ayrshire and East Ayrshire.
As CPD Co-
She also led the authority’s work on the Scottish Qualification for Headship and the Flexible Route to Headship. Gillian was Head of Educational Services at GTC Scotland for three years before becoming Chief Executive. At GTC Scotland she led the revision of the Professional Standards and the pilot programmes of Professional Update, which was rolled out nationally in August 2014. She sees these developments as crucial in maintaining and enhancing teacher professionalism in Scotland.
She has been a member of a number of national education groups with a focus on professional
learning and leadership, including the National Partnership sub-
Gillian is thriving on the challenging role of establishing SCEL, and driving forward
leadership development for teachers at all stages of their careers. High-
Speaker for Thursday 2nd February 2017
Professor J Eric Wilkinson, Emeritus Professor of Education in the University of Glasgow
and Professor in the University of Taipei, Taiwan.
Subject: Taiwan: A World Conundrum
Professor Wilkinson has nearly 40 years experience of working with graduate students
in Education in the University of Glasgow first as Lecturer in the Department of
Education, then Senior Lecturer, Professor and Vice-
He successfully bid for many research grants and has published extensively. He is a former President of the Scottish Educational Research Association and now Life Member and has been listed in Who’s Who in the World since 2005.
Following his retirement in 2009, Professor Wilkinson spends most of his time in
Taiwan and was granted an Alien Permanent Residence Certificate through special dispensation
in 2012. He now teaches post-