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Karen leads and co-ordinates the GGAP programme of work. This involves working closely with the GGAP Director to develop the Partnership’s strategic direction.
After graduating with a First Class Honours Degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Glasgow in 1987, Karen worked in the field of psychological research at the University of Manchester. This was before joining SCOTVEC (now SQA) as Research Officer in 1990 where she worked on a variety of projects including revising and developing SVQs and GSVQs and the ‘Towards Best Assessment Practice’ project which aimed to highlight good assessment practice in the delivery of vocational qualifications.
Karen has worked as Research Fellow in the area of college – university links at Glasgow Caledonian University since 1996.
Karen’s areas of interest include widening participation, social inclusion, articulation from college to university, progression and completion, work related learning and vocational qualifications.
Key areas of interest include; FE/HE articulation links; joint programme development; issues associated with the transition from FE to HE; new pathways into HE; links into part-time provision; retention and progression of HN entrants; induction; work related learning; access and social inclusion.
Gallacher, J. & MacFarlane, K. (2005) Higher Education in Further Education Colleges: An analysis and discussion of the available data. Glasgow, SQA.
Gallacher, J. MacFarlane, K. & Caldwell, J. (2004) Progression of HN holders into employment: a study based on available data sources. Glasgow, SQA.
Gallacher, J., Leahy, J. & MacFarlane, K. Department for Learning and Educational development and Department of Economics, Glasgow Caledonian University, ‘Fe/HE Links: New Pathways into Higher Education’, Research Report for SOEID (December, 1997).
Gallacher, J., Leahy, J., MacFarlane, K., & Yule, B., Centre for Continuing Education and Department of Economics, Glasgow Caledonian University, ’FE/HE Links: Evidence of a New Educational pathway’, Second Interim report for SOEID (May, 1997).