• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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1994 …2024

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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 then became Course Director of the PGCE Geography course and is currently an Honorary Research Fellow. 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.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

External Examiner, University of Strathclyde

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