Susan McWhirr
Title: Dr
First Name: Susan
Surname: McWhirr
Position: Lecturer
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263022
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Duties and Responsibilities

Dr Susan McWhirr is a Lecturer in Human Resource Management and delivers courses on the undergraduate, postgraduate and online programmes. Her main areas of teaching are Human Resource Management, Organisational Behaviour, lifelong learning and development and research methods. She is also the Cohort Tutor for online learning (Year 2) MSc Human Resource Management.

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.

Research Interests

Susan is currently working on a number of research projects which focus on mentoring, coaching, reflective learning, professional development and employability. Her main research interests include professional learning, pedagogy and human resource development.

Involvement in research projects, knowledge transfer partnerships and training initiatives.

2014-2015. ScotGrad Enterprise Training; Prof Heather Fulford; Prof Rita Marcella; in partnership with the University of Strathclyde, Scottish Funding Council

2013-2014. Building Online Learning Communities; Prof Heather Fulford; Dr Moira Bailey; Graeme Stephen; Susan McWhirr, DELTA (RGU)

2011-2012. Skills Utilisation Project: Maximising the Impact of Skills in the Oil and Gas Industry, Scottish Funding Council


Professional Memberships

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.


BAILEY, M & MCWHIRR, S.M., 2016. The Employability Factor – Coaching for Success, Conference Paper, Society for Research in Higher Education Annual Research Conference, Newport, South Wales, 7-9 December 2016

MCWHIRR, S.M., 2016. Learning from Type: An Evaluation of the Impact of Personality Type and Relationship Context in Formal Mentoring Relationships. PhD. Aberdeen: Robert Gordon University. 

MCWHIRR, S.M. and BAILEY, M. 2015. I think therefore I-statement: An analysis of postgraduate reflective writing. Conference Paper, Society for Research in Higher Education Annual Research Conference, Newport, South Wales, 9-11 December 2015

MCWHIRR, S.M. and BAILEY, M. 2015. I think therefore I reflect? Conference Paper, ABS50 Conference, Robert Gordon University, 12-13 November 2015

MCWHIRR, S.M., FULFORD, H., BAILEY, M. and CARGILL, E. 2014. Metaphorically speaking: The doctoral experience. Poster presentation, 9th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Ulster Business School and School of Social Enterprises Ireland, Belfast.

FULFORD, H., BAILEY, M., MCWHIRR, S.M. and STEPHEN, G., 2014. Building Online Learner Communities: An Activity Theory Perspective. Conference Paper, ProPEL International Conference, University of Stirling

MCWHIRR, S.M., 2014. A Holistic View of Formal Mentoring Relationships: Can Activity Theory Bridge the Gap? Poster Presentation, ProPEL International Conference, University of Stirling

FULFORD, H., BAILEY, M., STEPHEN, G. and MCWHIRR, S.M. 2014. Building Online Learning Communities. Conference Paper, ‘Innovate to Stimulate’ Teaching and Learning Conference, Robert Gordon University

MCWHIRR, S.M., 2012. Book Review: Primary Professional Studies (Second Edition), Alice Hansen (Ed.) (2012) London: Sage, Scottish Education Review,Vol. 45 (1) pp. 112-113