Dr Deirdre Torrance (or Dee as she is usually called) held posts across primary, secondary and special education schools within the Edinburgh area.She returned to part-time academic study, completing a Masters in Education (Special Educational Needs) in 1998. Deirdre then held the post of 3-14 Educational Adviser and subsequently the post of Quality Improvement Officer with the City of Edinburgh Council for three years before taking up a career in higher education. She joined the School of Education in 2004, first as a Teaching Fellow and then as Academic Coordinator for the Scottish Qualification for Headship (SQH) Programme. Deirdre is currently Co-Director of Teacher Education Partnerships. She is also Director of the Masters in Educational Leadership and Management, including the Scottish Qualification for Headship. In addition, she is Director of the Certificate in Developing Educational Leadership and Learning. Deirdre teaches on several Masters courses at the University of Edinburgh, based at Moray House School of Education. She is also involved in the development and delivery of a range of leadership CPD at local authority level.
Deirdre’s PhD, completed in 2012, investigated ‘Distributed Leadership In Scottish Primary Schools: Myth or Actualities?’
Dee was recently interviewed for Radio Edutalk by David Noble about ‘The Problematic Nature of Distributed Leadership’ (8pm on 18th Sept 2013: broadcast, then downloadable podcast)
Find out more about her publications here