A native of Aberdeenshire in Scotland's Northeast, Stuart has lived in ten countries. He spent his teenage years in the Netherlands, and has fond memories of the annual German department trips to the Christmas markets of Düsseldorf. He moved to the Ruhrgebiet in 2018.

He previously taught English at the International House family of language schools in Ukraine, Portugal and Slovakia, before gaining his first experience of university teaching in Brazil. He is keen to enhance his ability to use technology to support the student learning experience in and outside the classroom, and, as a qualified journalist, he particularly enjoys teaching writing.

A proud enthusiast of Scotland's national instrument, Stuart has played the bagpipes with pipe bands in Scotland, the Netherlands and Austria, and was a regular contributor to Piping Today magazine for six years. He also loves military history, taking too many photographs, and adopting new sports teams wherever he goes, though his choices are often poor.

Stuart is the Anglophone Studies Erasmus Coordinator for Outgoings, and he hopes that selected students will have just a transformative experience as he had at the University of Pennsylvania for his year abroad (Go Quakers!). In a tribute to the film culture programme he enjoyed so much as a student at Penn, he is honoured to run the English Language Movie Society (ELMS), which meets every other Tuesday during the lecture period. 

He has a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of St Andrews, an MA in Multimedia Journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University, and an MSc in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Stirling.

His complete run of Piping Today articles and reviews (May 2014-May 2020) can be read on the National Piping Centre archive site.


Erasmus-Koordinator, Anglistik