Róisín McKelvey

Diversity and Inclusion Officer (JUN 2021-)

Róisín’s postgraduate research focused on socioeconomic inclusion and related barriers, linguistic and otherwise, for those who speak languages other than English. This was motivated by her interest in languages, inclusion and equal access to support for underrepresented and vulnerable groups. During her doctoral studies, Róisín was a member of the Mobility and Inclusion in Multilingual Europe consortium and completed her doctorate, which evaluated equalities obligations and allochthonous language provision in Scottish public services, in 2019.

She subsequently joined the University of Stirling to contribute to a Scottish Government-funded initiative, on the ‘Making a Positive Difference: Teacher Professional Judgement and the Role of Innovative Pedagogies in Promoting Greater Equity’ research project, which was a critical investigation into the translation of equity imperatives into practice by education professionals in Scotland.

As Diversity and Inclusion Officer on the eBase project at the University of Edinburgh, Róisín supports ongoing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) work within the College of Science and Engineering. She is currently collaborating on initiatives related to underrepresentation and inclusion across the College; EDI data reporting; decolonising the curriculum; communication and engagement opportunities, and the development of more inclusive research culture at the University of Edinburgh.

She additionally supervises dissertation projects for the Moray House School of Education and Sport’s MSc Education programme. Her research interests include policy and practice relevant to allochthonous languages; representation in and access to education; inclusion for marginalised communities, and the role of language in migration and asylum processes. Alongside her academic roles, she volunteers with the Community Development team at the Scottish Refugee Council.