First Name: Susan
Surname: McWhirr
Position: Lecturer
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263022

Role and Responsibilities 

Susan McWhirr is a Lecturer in Management and delivers courses on the undergraduate, postgraduate and online programmes. Her particular interests are in the areas of personality and psychometric testing, organisational development, professional and academic skills and research methods.

Before joining Robert Gordon University, Susan undertook consultancy work delivering training and psychometrics to a number of Oil and Gas Sector clients.   Prior to this she was a manager and teacher in the Education sector.  


Bachelor of Education (Hons)

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development (Education)

MSc Human Resource Management (Distinction)

Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods (Distinction)


Susan teaches research methods on a number of MSc Courses and she is Module Co-ordinator for the Personal and Research Skills for Professionals Module and Human Resource Management Module on the MSc and BA (Hons) blended courses respectively. In addition, Susan is Course Tutor for the Full-Time MSc in Human Resource Management.

Susan’s undergraduate teaching focuses on the areas of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management. She is Module Co-ordinator for the second year undergraduate module Work and Organisational Behaviour.


Susan has undertaken a number of consultancy projects at RGU including the SFC funded project ‘Maximising the Impact of Skills in the Oil and Gas Industry’ which focused on facilitating knowledge transfer using mentoring techniques. She is also responsible for co-ordinating the HRM departments corporate Mentoring Module which provides online mentoring training for clients in the Energy Sector.       

Research Interests

She is currently working on her PhD research project which centres on the topics of workplace mentoring and personality type. The research uses the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a psychometric instrument grounded in Carl Jung’s theories of personality, to investigate the impact of individual differences on mentoring relationship dynamics and the learning received in these relationships.

Publications/ Presentations

MCWHIRR, S. 2012. Book Review: Primary Professional Studies (Second Edition) 

Alice Hansen (Ed.) (2012) London: Sage, Scottish Education Review Vol. 45 (1) pp. 112-113

MCWHIRR, S. 2012. Learning from Type? A Pilot Study. Human Resource Management Group Research Symposium, Robert Gordon University

MCWHIRR, S. 2012. Learning From Type? The Impact of personality type and relationship context in formal mentoring relationships, Poster Presentation, Robert Gordon University

Key External/Professional Roles

Susan is a qualified Myers Briggs Type Indicator Consultant and a Chartered Member of the CIPD. She also has full registration of the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Social media

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