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Claire MacEachen

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I’ve been a lecturer at Abertay for over 20 years - first in the School of Computing and now in Dundee Business School. 

My experience is mainly in the area of business development and my current interests include project management, operations and systems management.

I’ve been involved in a large number of industry consultancy projects over the years, ranging from the development of online systems to training sessions.

My teaching is very practice-oriented - I like students to ‘get their hands dirty’ by trying out tools and techniques used in the world of work.  This often means working with local businesses to help solve real business problems. 

My current interests include the introduction of business and entrepreneurship in non-business related subject areas, qualification leveling using SCQF and articulation from college to university.


My current teaching is in the areas of:

  • Project Management

  • Operations Management

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Supervision of development projects at Masters level

I am interested in innovative methods of delivery, particularly those which increase student participation, and have recently experimented with live on-line lectures and using a dialogic model of feedback for assessment.  These were very well received by the students who volunteered to take part.

Research interests

I have recently completed work on a project funded by SCQF examining skills gaps within the Creative Industries and in particular Computer Games.  This project has led to an ambitious project looking at he development of business skills for all students from school through to University across Scotland.  This new project has attracted funding from the Matthew Trust to help us develop business knowledge and skills within non-business students


  • Abertay Teaching & Learning Fund (2017) Abertay Enterprise Framework: online information system (£1.5k approx)
  • Mathew Trust (2016) Abertay Enterprise Framework (£34k)
  • Scottish Credit Qualification Framework (2014) Applying SCQF within the Creative Industries (£10k)
  • European Regional Development Fund: Scottish Innovative Low Carbon Funding (2011-13)  The Low Carbon Land Use Innovation Network (LoCal-Net) (£725k)
  • Abertay Teaching & Learning Fund (2013) Improving student uptake and understanding of feedback through a dialogue model of assessment (£6k)
  • Abertay Teaching & Learning Fund (2013) Enhancing student use of educational mobile apps (£2k)
  • Tayside and Fife Articulation Hub (2011): From FE to HE: the levers which affect transfer and persistenceSupervision of part-time PhD in ‘E-business Development of Value Added Communities’ successfully submitted 2010 (£40k)


  • Higher Education representative on the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework Quality Assurance Committee (2017 - )
  • Abertay Representative on the Universities Scotland Enterprise Education group
  • Dundee and Angus Education PLC member (2016 - )
  • Reviewer: International Conference on Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education, June 2013 - current
  • Member of Scottish Higher Education Employability Network (SHEEN) 2007-9
  • Member of the Employability Coordinators Network 2007-8
  • SCQF Reviewer of non-HE credit rated programmes, 2017-
  • External Reviewer of SQA qualification in Advertising & PR, 2017
  • External Examiner BA (Hons) Management: Robert Gordon University, 2013-current
  • External Examiner BA (Hons) Business Management and BA (Hons) Enterprise & Business: Napier, 2007-2012
  • External Examiner MSc Information Technology Management: Sunderland, 2005-2009
  • Programme Reviewer BSc Business Information Systems: East London 2003

Knowledge Exchange

I have been involved in a large number of industry consultancy projects over the years. These have ranged from developments of online systems through to training sesions.

I am engaged with industry through research projects and membership of organisations such as CeeD (Centre for Engineeering Education and Development). In particular I am now involved with reviewing provision of non-HE establishments which offer SCQF credit rated courses of study.


As part of Dundee Business School I am involved in the activites of various business networks such Women Ahead and Let's Network.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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