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  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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Dr. Sam McGuinness a former Head of the School of Education at Ulster University, has been a teacher of chemistry for over several decades and principal of two post-primary schools in Northern Ireland, Cookstown High and Limavady Grammar.While his original research field was organometallic chemistry, and his DPhil is in that field, his MBA and his current research interests are in the field of international educational leadership and policy, in which he has had several publications.Sam is a member of BELMAS, BERA and AERA, and has delivered papers at several international conferences. He has presented to the Education Committee at the NI parliament, and to the Minister for Employment and Learning.  He is currently in negotiation with the Education Authority regarding the delivery of CPD in accredited leadership courses to schools and colleges throughout NI.Since 2009, Sam has lectured in Educational Leadership and Management as part of the MEd degree course in the Monaghan and Athlone education centres.  In 2010 he introduced the course to Northern Ireland, teaching along with colleagues in Coleraine and Jordanstown.Over the past five years he has designed and currently delivers two other postgraduate leadership programmes, one a Certificate in Middle Leadership, the other a Diploma in Headship and the first graduates emerged this year.

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Research Output 2012 2019

  • 1 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Article

Empowering school principals to overcome turbulence in school partnerships through governance systems for equity, renewal and peace: Northern Ireland

McGuinness, S. J., Bates, J., Roulston, S., Keating, S., Quinn, C. & Waring, B., Jan 2019, Turbulence, Empowerment and Marginalisation in International Education Governance Systems. Taysum, A. & Arar, K. (eds.). Bingley, UK, p. 137-157 19 p. (Studies in Educational Administration).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

1 Citation (Scopus)

Primary school leadership: understanding preparation in the Tóraíocht programme

McGuinness, S. J. & Cunningham, V., 9 Jun 2015, In : Irish Educational Studies. 34, 2, p. 207-223

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
primary school
educational reform

Northern Ireland: Some post-conflict challenges in education

McGuinness, S. J., Abbott, L. & Cassidy, F., 5 May 2013, School Level Leadership in Post-conflict Societies. Clarke, S. R. P. & O'Donoghue, T. A. (eds.). 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4RN, p. 175-191

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

comparative education

Education Policy in Northern Ireland: a Review

McGuinness, S. J., 2012, In : Italian Journal of Sociology of Education. 4, 1, p. 205-237

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
teachers' training college
primary school pupil
working-day world