Synergy Development:
Leuphana‘s Faculty of Education + Glasgow’s School of Education

Synergy Development between the Faculty of Education from Leuphana University Lüneburg and the University of Glasgow’s School of Education

Since the inception of ECAS in 2019, academic staff working at the Faculty of Education at Leuphana University Lüneburg and the School of Education at the University of Glasgow, have been working collaboratively to explore and develop synergies connected to research and teaching.

The first meeting took place in September 2019 at the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) in Hamburg, during which initial connections and ideas were established and developed. Due to the corona pandemic taking over most of academic life in 2020, the academics involved in developing these relationships through physical meetings, conferences and mobilities had an opportunity to reframe their ways of working and make use of online synchronous meetings as a means of developing the relationships.

Working online has allowed staff to hold networking meetings that have revived original project ideas as well as create new connections in areas connected to teaching English, Psychology and Teacher Education. Academic staff are making full use of the advantages offered through working online and are developing virtual student exchanges, a Joint Seminar Series open to staff at both institutions and an Academic Reading Group for staff and PhD students with a focus on teacher education.

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Project Owners

Julie McAdam



Julie is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow in Language and Literacies. She has developed teacher education programmes in Scotland and the Middle East, emphasising inclusive and culturally
relevant pedagogy to promote learning in diverse contexts and publishing on threshold concepts in becoming a teacher. Over the past ten years she has worked on research projects which explore the role played by children’s literature in supporting teachers working with New Arrival children across Europe. Her current work is connected to the use of directed hope and storytelling in the creation of Narratives of Change, which are used to challenge prevalent negative discourses and recount positive stories connected to identity, language and migration.
For more information see:
Follow the work of the AHRC Network – Children’s Literature in Critical Contexts of Displacement:
Exploring how Story and arts-based practices create ‘safe spaces’ for displaced and young people at:

Philipp Sandermann



Philipp Sandermann is a professor of social pedagogy at Leuphana University’s Institute of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
His fields of interest include:

  • (comparative) welfare systems research,
  • theories of social pedagogy and social work,
  • child and youth welfare research (with a special interest in ombuds offices and
    complaint services and social space approaches),
  • refugee minors & parents,
  • trust-building in social work.

For more information on Philipp’s work, please visit:


Joint Seminar Series:

Education in Contexts – Interdisciplinary Contributions for Academics & Young Researchers

In our Joint Seminar Series for faculty members as well as PhD students from both the University of Glasgow and Leuphana University Lüneburg, staff is given the opportunity to present and discuss relevant fields and topics in education research. The offered perspectives are grounded in distinct disciplinary approaches to education research (e.g. social pedagogy, educational sciences, psychology, sociology, linguistics), but similarly provide PhD students with ample opportunities to explore the interdisciplinary substance of education research and to assess the theoretical value and methodological versatility for building their own international research profile. Next to this, it is also intended as a platform for our senior staff to connect and exchange ideas.