Alex McTaggart

Alex McTaggart


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I am the University academic lead for Transnational Education and this work engages through the University's Flexible Learning Programme between the three faculties and our post professional (UK and international) online and blended programmes/courses aimed at non-standard university students. This position gives me the unique opportunity to champion the kind of learning I understand so well, having achieved all but my bachelors while teaching and in full employment. Manchester has increadible potential to serve the professional leaders of today (and tomorrow), but also disadvantaged groups and demographics through its growing flexible palette of courses and programmes, and I am excited to be able to support this with my experience and knowledge of a lifetime in international education.

I was the initial start up programme director of the award winning Masters degree in Educational Leadership in Practice, where I still maintain a strong teaching and supervisory presence. I am interested in equity distinction and power in education and its leadership, but also global crises and educational leadership, and of course, leading transnational education in times of crisis and beyond. My work seeks to better understand how educational leadership is experienced by teachers, leaders and children, and to explore transformational ways to generate positive working environments, with happy children, and collegial, relational work conditions. My work often utilises the social thinking tools of Bourdieu and Habermas, among others.

I am associate editor of scholarly journal Educational Management Administration and Leadership and founding convenor of the British Educational Leadership Management Administration Society (BELMAS) Research Interest Group Comparative and International Education. I am advisory editor of the scholarly journal International and Comparative Education and Development and in our Manchester Insitute of Education, I am an active member of the Critical Educational Leadership and Policy research interest group.

I have very limited availability to supervise PhD students, but particularly welcome proposals from those interested in international schools leadership, educational leadership and crises, and leadership in transnational spaces.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Education, Ph.D. The International Bacclaureate and Globalisation. Implications for Educational Leadership, University of Nottingham

1 Oct 20128 Feb 2018

Award Date: 15 Oct 2018

Master of Education, Applied Linguistics, The Open University

Oct 2004Mar 2007

Award Date: 15 Jul 2007

Bachelor of Arts, German, Queen Mary University of London

Oct 1991Jun 1995

Award Date: 15 Aug 1995

External positions

External Examiner - MA Educational Management, King's College London

1 Apr 2022 → …

External Assessor - MA Inclusive Practice, The Open University, School of Education

1 Jan 2022 → …

Visiting Professor, Johannes Kepler Universitat - Linz

1 Oct 202115 Feb 2022

External Assessor - MA Educational Leadership, Coventry University

1 Apr 2021 → …

Visiting Scholar (Aborted), University of Melbourne

Apr 2020

Co-convenor Comparative and International Education, BERA (British Educational Research Association)

1 Aug 2019 → …

External Examiner, International Baccalaureate Organisation

1 Oct 2011 → …

Areas of expertise

  • L Education (General)
  • Educational Leadership
  • International education
  • Global Citizenship Education
  • Distinction
  • Inclusivity Equity Diversity
  • Bourdieu

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures


  • Educational Leadership
  • The Inernational Baccalaureate
  • International Schools
  • Bourdieu
  • Globalisation
  • The IB Learner Profile
  • Global Citizenship Education
  • Cultural Laundering
  • The Imperial Gaze
  • The International Gaze


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