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

Role and Responsibilities

Susan McWhirr is a Research Assistant for the Research Institute of Management and Governance and Society (IMaGeS).  Prior to this Susan was a Lecturer in Management and delivered courses on the undergraduate, postgraduate and online programmes.

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)

Teaching Experience

Susan has taught research methods on a number of MSc Courses and was previously the 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. Susan’s undergraduate teaching focused on the areas of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management.


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 has also been also responsible for designing and coordinating 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 formal mentoring and personality type. The purpose of the research is to explore the impact of mentor and mentee personality type, in workplace mentoring relationships, to identify whether there are individual characteristics which impact on the relationship dynamics and learning derived from these relationships. By using the psychometric instrument, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), to identify personality type, the research will provide insight into the impact of type characteristics on the behaviours and professional development of different mentors and mentees. Consequently, this will foster awareness of individual learning and organisational development derived from formal mentoring relationships, and contribute to the understanding and potential use of the MBTI instrument in organisations which support mentoring schemes.

Publications/ Presentations

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.  (Awarded prize for best conference poster)

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

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

MCWHIRR, S.M., 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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