Staff Profiles

Professor Debra McGregor

PhD (Keele), MSc (Lond), PGCE (Hull), BSc (UEA)

Professor in Education

School of Education

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Professor Debra McGregor

Phone number: +44 (0)1865 488355



Deb McGregor joined the School of Education at Oxford Brookes in September 2012. She was previously Professor in Learning and Developing Pedagogy (and Assistant Director of the Centre for Development and Research) at the University of Wolverhampton.

Deb has held a variety of positions in Higher Education, both in the US and the UK. She has also worked as a science, biology and chemistry teacher in secondary schools in the midlands, and an ICT advisory teacher in Staffordshire LA. She led the Secondary Science PGCE at Keele Unversity. She has worked as an Assistant Professor in Secondary Science Education in Central Connecticut State University and has been an Adjunct Professor at Bridgeport University, USA.

Her PhD entitled ‘Applying learning theories reflexively to understand and support the use of group work in the learning of science’ has proved to be a catalyst in proffering insights into the ways that practical work can be designed to scaffold and mediate effective interactive learning. This work also involved scrutiny of the nature of talk between learners, whilst resolving differentiated problems. Reflective analysis of the interactions arising through carefully contextualised and planned tasks has provided additional understandings about learning that can inform effective teaching.