About Neil

Reccent winner of Royal Society of Edinburgh Henry Duncan Medal in Social Sciences, Education, Business and Public Sector for 2012-13 for “outstanding contribution to civic society, creativity and social enterprise, education and the social sciences”

“Mr McLennan is already considered a charasmatic visionary in Scottish education circles.”

(Anne Simpson, Glasgow Herald, November 2011)

Neil McLennan’s initiative has achieved an admirable combination of practical social enterprise, educational innovation and the development of active citizenship.  That’s the kind of leadership we’re all seeking for Scottish education.”

(Alex Wood, Holyrood Magazine, March 2012)

” Neil has shown us how we need to be sensitive to economic considerations and how we can be also be entrepreneurs as teachers.”

(Professor Mustafa Safran, Faculty of Education, Gazi University, Turkey)

“Neil – so many people attend conferences / programmes and leave with great intentions. You however have not only taken action but, more importantly, brought together all the current thoughts of ‘Political Animals’ in one place year on year to an international community. Great work!”

Della Martin, former Chief Operating Officer, Young Enterprise Scotland

“We need many more like Neil – Yes let’s give it a try people rather than No that’s not possible if Curriculum for Excellence is really going to transform education.”

Professor Do Coyle, Professor in Learning Innovation and Head of Education, University of Aberdeen

Neil McLennan gave the paper that gave me most pleasure in the whole conference. He is a historian by training, researching Wilfred Owen’s time in Edinburgh. The great thing about his paper is that it communicated the joy of research, and also its frustrations. He described dead ends in searching for medical records, and tantalising possibilities, and finished with an account of his tracking …. Neil McLennan’s detective work finally and triumphantly found the answer.   This was a terrific reminder of the sheer fun and exhilaration of research. And it left me fully determined to go on and do likewise.

(George Simmers Blog Post University of Aberdeen 2017 Literature Conference)

https://greatwarfiction.wordpress.com/2017/04/12/the-fictional-first-world-war-at-aberdeen/)

 

In chronological order (as far as I can remember):-

‘Middle of the road’ school student

Football referee

History University student

Football coach (Schools football and Hearts FC Coaching in the Community Programmes)

P/tRetail worker (Intersport then Burberrys).  Both whilst studying.

RLSS Lifeguard (whilst studying)

RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Trainer/Assessor

Coach/Instructor (SFA) Edinburgh and District Referees’ Assoication

Teacher of History

Coaching coordinator (SFA) Edinburgh and District Referees’ Assoication

Development Officer (pilot vocational training programme, the DEANS Programme)

Assistant Secretary (SFA) Edinburgh and District Referees’ Assoication

Curriculum Support Team Leader (History)

Principal Teacher (Curriculum) Social Studies & English

Vice President (SFA) Edinburgh and District Referees’ Assoication

President (SFA) Edinburgh and District Referees’ Assoication

Principal Teacher History

Vice President Scottish Assoication of Teachers of History

National Development Officer (Enterprise in Education)

President Scottish Assoication of Teachers of History

President Enterprise Practitioners’ Association

Quality Improvement Officer (Education, Culture and Sport)

Young Scot of the Year 2011 (Institute of Contemporary Scotland / Scottish Review “Arnold Kemp” Award)

Member of Royal Society of Edinburgh, Young Academy of Scotland

Chair, Curriculum for Excellence Working Group, Royal Society of Edinburgh- Young Acadmey of Scotland

Winner of Royal Society of Edinburgh Henry Duncan Medal in Social Sciences, Education, Business and Public Sector for 2012-13 for “outstanding contribution to civic society, creativity and social enterprise, education and the social sciences”

Project manager
Achievements to date include:
Enterprise Champion, West Lothian Council, 2006
General Teaching Council Scotland Professional Recognition (Enterprise in Education)
Scotland and Ireland Young Thinker of the Year 2010 Runner Up
Finalist Young UK and Ireland Thinker of the Year 2010
ILM Level 5 Award in Social Enterprise, 2010
Young Scot of the Year 2011
RSE Young Academy of Scotland Member [ http://www.rse.org.uk/news/news.php?id=65 ]

Reccent winner of Royal Society of Edinburgh Henry Duncan Medal in Social Sciences, Education, Business and Public Sector for 2012-13 for “outstanding contribution to civic society, creativity and social enterprise, education and the social sciences”

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