Ian Collen


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MA (Hons) (St Andrews), PGCE, M.Teach, GradDipSpanish, EdD 


Dr Ian Collen started his career as a secondary school teacher of French and German, holding various posts of whole-school responsibility and teaching both languages across the 11-18 age range, including to A-level.

He has worked as a lecteur d'anglais at the University of Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle, and as a Research Assistant at the US Department of Education, Washington D.C. He joined Queen's University Belfast in summer 2015 and leads our PGCE in French, German, Irish and Spanish, as well as being the current Director of Initial Teacher Education across all PGCE subject pathways, ultimately responsible for the education of 131 student teachers annually. He teaches on our M.Ed. programme and supervises postgraduate students undertaking Master's degrees in primary and post-primary Teaching and Education. Dr Collen is also second supervisor on PhD projects in Language Education. 

As part of his role at Queen's, Dr Collen is Director of the Northern Ireland Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research (NICILT). He is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). 



Research Interests

Dr Collen is interested in all aspects of Modern Languages Education in instructed classroom settings. He is currently Principal Investigator on the Language Trends series, funded by British Council, which seeks to longitudinally chart the health of language teaching in schools in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. He has published in peer-reviewed journals and spoken at numerous international conferences. 


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


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