Deirdre Medler

Deirdre Medler


  • 1.54 Lawrence Stenhouse Building

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Personal profile


Deirdre is Director of Initial Teacher Education at UEA.  Prior to joining the University, she had 17 years teaching experience in Primary Schools in Norfolk, with responsibilities for curriculum and year group management.  She  taught on the Primary PGCE for a number of years, contributing to the Foundation Subjects and Professional Development components of the course. In her role as School Partnership Co-ordinator was responsible for partnership development with schools and other educational establishments in the region.

Key Responsibilities

As Director of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Deirdre is providing strategic leadership for our ITE programmes.  Her responsibilities include the development of partnership with schools, academies and trusts in the region, oversight of our School Direct provision and networking regionally and nationally to represent UEA and develop our profile and reputation as a high quality and innovative provider of ITE. 

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Deirdre's most recent research related to the impact of a self-selected placement on the professional development of beginning teachers.  She is currently involved in a project about mental health and wellbeing of  trainee teachers.  Her particular research interests relate to the development of partnership in the changing educational landscape and its impact on teacher development, pupil progress and school improvement.

Teaching Interests

Deirdre's teaching interests include approaches to learning outside the classroom and meaningful cross- curricular ways of learning.  She is committed to promoting the global dimension in all teaching activity to faciliate equality, respect, social justice, sustainable development. Her involvement in the Norfolk Schools of Sanctuary network is supportive of this in the partnership context.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment 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 3 - Good Health and Well-being