Staff profile

Rebecca McAllister

Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education (Primary/EYTS)


Teacher Training


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Institute of Education



I am a Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education, teaching mainly on the BEd and MEdu.

The main elements of my role involve teaching lectures and workshops to undergraduate trainee teachers and visiting them on school placement.

Having joined the University in September 2018, I previously worked as primary teacher specialising in Early Years Foundation Studies and Physical Education.

Teaching responsibilities

I lead and teach on the English modules for undergraduates on the BEd and MEdu programmes. I also teach on Wider Curriculum which includes learning and teaching of the 11 foundation subjects of the Primary National Curriculum. 

Additionally, I teach on Child Development focusing on cognitive, social and emotional development and linking this to current practice. I also work as a University Link Tutor  visiting and supporting students on school placements.

Research interests

I am currently involved with research accross the Institute of Education including research into the impact of fitness interventions on attainment, attention and social development. Futhermore, I am a supportive researcher for work by the Psychology department for the University of Derby Online, titled 'Dilineating a relationship between social media use, emotional intelligence and mathematics anxiety- is there an impact on mathematics attainment?'.


BA (Hons) English - University of Derby

PGCE Primary Education - University of Derby