• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 23 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
1994 …2020

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Personal profile


Dr Stephen Roulston was formerly the Course Director for the MEd with Specialisms, teaching in three modules of the educational leadership specialism as well as one of the modules in the ICT specialism. He is now Course Director of the PGCE Geography course. He spent 20 years teaching, largely Geography and Geology in a range of schools in Northern Ireland, following which he was an Educational Consultant in eLearning. He completed his PhD, in Education, in 1991 at Ulster University while still teaching in schools; he joined Ulster University as a Lecturer in 2009. Dr Roulston has pioneered the use of ICT in supporting learning, particularly in innovative uses of VLEs in collaborative problem-based learning scenarios and the use of VR/AR in learning and teaching. His research interests include online learning, alongside other uses for ICTs in supporting learning and teaching. More recently the use of GIS in schools has been a focus of his research, and the use of GPS-enabled tracking devices to elucidate children’s geographies.He has worked closely with colleagues in the School of Geography and Environmental Sciences to develop teachers’ skills in GIS, developing with those colleagues a masters level short course in GIS for teachers. This academic partnership has also resulted in continued research outputs. The use of VR and AR is a growing area of interest also. Dr Roulston is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Team Award from Ulster University. He is the NI representative on the International Geographical Union, a member of the International Commission on Geographical Education, a recipient of the Digital Earth GIS Centre of Excellence award and winner of the Association of Geographical Information Education Award in 2015.He has authored a range of textbooks for schools, currently with 13 such publications.

External positions

External Examiner, University of Strathclyde

2015 → …

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Research Output

Leadership Learning in Initial Teacher Education (LLITE)

King, F., McMahon, M., Roulston, S. & Nguyen, D., 2020, Centre for Cross Border Studies. 24 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Open Access
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    Schools: locked down, separately…

    Milliken, M. & Roulston, S., 27 Apr 2020, 1 p.

    Research output: Other contribution

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    All aboard or still at check-in? Teacher educators’ use of digital technologies: Lessons from a small island

    Roulston, S., Cowan, P., Brown, M. F., Austin, R. & O'Hara, J., 30 Nov 2019, In : Educational and Information Technologies. 24, p. 3785-3802 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 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: Emerald Publishing, p. 137-157 19 p. (Studies in Educational Administration).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Isolated Together: Pairs of Primary Schools Duplicating Provision

    Roulston, S. & Cook, S., Dec 2019, Belfast: Integrated Education Fund. 7 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportOther report

    Open Access
  • 12 Downloads (Pure)


  • Press / Media

    Isolated Pairs of Primary schools

    Stephen Roulston & Sally Cook


    3 items of Media coverage, 1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment