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Dr Hilary McQueen
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Lecturer
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education

Research Summary

My background is in music, psychology and education. Following a degree in music at Edinburgh University, I completed a secondary PGCE at Exeter St Luke's College in music. I then pursued a longstanding interest in psychology and gained a degree through the Open University (Hons 1st) and later undertook a PhD at King's College, London investigating motivation in terms of enrolment, retention and achievement at A-level. I also have an interest in the philosophy of education.

In 2003 I assisted with a cross-cultural study of motivation at Key Stage 3. I was a Research Fellow in the School of Applied Social Science at the University of Brighton for one year (2006-7) investigating social motivation and transition to higher education. At that time I also worked with John Webber to investigate a model for teaching and learning as well as the meaning of 'effective learner'. I joined UCL in 2008 as research assistant for the Music Futures project led by Sue Hallam and Andrea Creech, which was followed by the Music for Life project. In 20

In 2019 I was commissioned by the Society of Music Analysis to develop and implement a two-year research project entitled Questioning the Gap in Music Literacy in England: Defining a Role for the SMA. The full report is available on request. See https://www.sma.ac.uk/music-literacy-project/ for details of the project. I also worked with Lynne Rogers and Ken Spours on the Evaluation of Careers College project.

Teaching Summary

  • Pathway Leader for the generic, post-compulsory PGCE
  • Lecturer (BA Education Studies)
  • Doctoral supervisor
Previous appointments
  • Associate Lecturer (Open University) Social Sciences and Education
  • Head of Psychology (two institutions)

I have taught music and psychology in a variety of institutions and have been head of psychology in two. I was also curriculum manager in one of these. I was an examiner for A-level psychology for the AQA for a number of years. I have been a tutor for the Open University on three courses relating to psychology and education, and have worked on the post-compulsory PGCE (generic) since 2009, for which I am currently pathway leader. I also work on the BA in Education Studies programme. I supervise a number of EdD and PhD students. 

Languages spoken
  • French (advanced - interview)
  • Italian (intermediate)
  • Spanish (intermediate)
  • German (basic)
  • Mandarin Chinese (basic)
Languages written
  • French (advanced)
  • Italian (intermediate)
  • Spanish (intermediate)
  • German (basic)
Academic Background
2006   Doctor King's College London
1994   Bachelor of Arts Open University
1979   PGCE. University of Exeter
1978   Bachelor of Music University of Edinburgh
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