Prof. Kay Livingston

Professor in Educational Research, Policy and Practice at the School of Education

University of Glasgow


Kay Livingston is a Professor in Educational Research, Policy and Practice at the School of Education, University of Glasgow. She has worked closely with policy-makers, teachers and key educational stakeholders at international, national and local levels for over 25 years. From 2007 – 2012 she undertook a secondment as Director of International, Research and Innovation at Education Scotland (a Scottish Government Agency with responsibility for supporting and improving education). As Director she gained experience in the policy community and was responsible for research and innovation projects in a wide range of areas including: teacher professional development; leadership and mentoring; international and intercultural education, digital literacy, educational change and improvement. She was a member of the National Partnership Group set up by the Scottish Government to develop proposals in response to the report of a review of teacher education (Teaching Scotland’s Future, Donaldson, 2011) and chaired the National Partnership Group’s Sub-group which developed proposals for the Cabinet Secretary for Education on the Career-long Professional Learning of Teachers. Professor Livingston is a member of the European Commission’s (EC) Education and Training 2020 Strategic Working Group on Schools. She collaborates with policy officials from Ministries of Education in the EU countries and contributed as critical friend to the EC’s publication on ‘Shaping Career-long Perspectives on Teaching’. She was a member of an International Evaluation Team invited by the Norwegian Research Council to undertake an evaluation of educational research in Norway. She is currently the Chair of Nordforsk’s Advisory Group for research undertaken through their Education for Tomorrow initiative. She is a member of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe and Chair of the Research and Development Community on the ‘Professional Development of Teachers’.