Debbie Meharg

Debbie Meharg

Debbie Meharg

Lecturer

Biography

Debbie Meharg joined Edinburgh Napier School of Computing in 2013 and is a Senior Fellow of the HEA, SICSA Education Champion and active member of the teaching fellows community where she acts as a reviewer and mentor for the Universities Enroute programme. Meharg’s research interests sit within the Centre for Computing Education Research (CCER) and focus on students transitioning from further education institutions to higher education and Graduate Level Apprenticeships (GLA) programmes. Alongside her research activities, Debbie is an active member of the teaching team within the School of Computing where she is Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Software Development (GA) and module leader on undergraduate, postgraduate and global online modules.

Events

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Member Scottish Qualification Authority Sector Panel for Computing

 

Conference Activity

  • 48th Annual Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference
  • Conference Chair Articulation Centre of Excellence Conference
  • 45th Annual Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Academic - Software Development, University Centre Grimsby
  • External Examiner, Department of Computing, Degree Apprenticeship Programmes, Sheffield-Hallam University

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Best Poster, SRHE Research Conference
  • Senior Fellow of the HEA

 

Invited Speaker

  • NI FE Colleges Digital Skills IT Conference - Transitions from FE to HE
  • Dundee College - Transitions from FE to HE
  • SQA Computing Conference 2018

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Member of British Computer Society

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • SICSA Education Champion - dissemination to colleagues, event organisation, reviewing documentation

 

Reviewing

  • Reviewer, IAFOR Journal of Education, Inclusive Education
  • Reviewer, IAFOR Journal of Education, Technology in Education
  • Enroute Reviewer

 

Date


17 results

Facilitating computing students' transition to higher education

Conference Proceeding
Fabian, K., Taylor-Smith, E., Meharg, D., & Varey, A. (2019)
Facilitating computing students' transition to higher education. https://doi.org/10.1145/3351287.3351298
Students who progress to higher education from further education colleges are faced with academic, social, and logistical challenges during their transition. In general, they ...

Bridging the Digital Skills Gap: Are computing degree apprenticeships the answer?

Conference Proceeding
Taylor-Smith, E., Smith, S., Fabian, K., Berg, T., Meharg, D., & Varey, A. (2019)
Bridging the Digital Skills Gap: Are computing degree apprenticeships the answer?. In ITiCSE '19 Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Educationhttps://doi.org/10.1145/3304221.3319744
This paper describes a study investigating whether apprenticeship computing degrees in Scotland are attracting additional entrants who will become IT professionals and fill a ...

Enhancing learning confidence for direct entry computing students

Presentation / Conference
Fabian, K., Taylor-Smith, E., Meharg, D., & Varey, A. (2018, December)
Enhancing learning confidence for direct entry computing students. Paper presented at The Changing Shape of Higher Education Can excellence and inclusion cohabit?
Previous studies have shown that students who transfer into university from college (direct entrants) face several challenges when they enter university. In response, the Asso...

" We're coming from different worlds " : exploring student identity during transition

Conference Proceeding
Meharg, D., Varey, A., & Cairncross, S. (2018)
" We're coming from different worlds " : exploring student identity during transition. In Conference Proceedings
This study presents empirical work examining the student journey from further to higher education in computing degrees in Scotland and seeks to understand the complex formatio...

"So far back, I'm anonymous": Exploring Student Identity using Photovoice

Conference Proceeding
Meharg, D., Cairncross, S., & Varey, A. (2018)
"So far back, I'm anonymous": Exploring Student Identity using Photovoice. In FIE-2018-Proceedings
This Research Full paper presents empirical work focused on the transition experiences of transfer students into computing degrees in Scotland and seeks to understand the comp...

STEM Apprenticeship Degrees: Motivations and aspirations of apprentices

Presentation / Conference
Smith, S., Taylor-Smith, E., Meharg, D., Smith, C., & Varey, A. (2018, June)
STEM Apprenticeship Degrees: Motivations and aspirations of apprentices. Paper presented at Horizons in STEM Higher Education
Using the Apprenticeship Levy, England piloted Degree Apprenticeships in 2014 and Scotland followed with Graduate Apprenticeships in 2017. In Scotland, the apprenticeships are...

Transitioning cohorts a comparative study of best practice in supporting direct entrant students to make a successful transition from FE college to advanced years in university.

Presentation / Conference
Meharg, D. & Marr, S. (2017, July)
Transitioning cohorts a comparative study of best practice in supporting direct entrant students to make a successful transition from FE college to advanced years in university. Presented at HEA Annual Conference 2017 Generation TEF: Teaching in the spotlight, Manchester, England
No abstract available.

A Comparative Study of Transitional Support: Identifying Best Practice

Conference Proceeding
Marr, S., & Meharg, D. (2017)
A Comparative Study of Transitional Support: Identifying Best Practice
This study shares the findings of a comparative case study, examining support for students transitioning from further education institutes (FEIs) to advanced entry in universi...

Belonging: Blurring the Boundaries

Journal Article
Meharg, D., Craighill, S., Varey, A., & Cairncross, S. (2017)
Belonging: Blurring the Boundaries. Scottish Educational Review, 49(1), 89-103
This paper applies Whitchurch’s (2008) concept of the ‘third space’ to the emergent territory occupied by further education college students as they ‘cross the boundary’ to co...

An Enhanced Route from FE to HE Graduation?

Journal Article
Meharg, D., Taylor-Smith, E., Varey, A., Mooney, C., & Dallas, S. (2017)
An Enhanced Route from FE to HE Graduation?. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 5(2), 85-92. https://doi.org/10.14297/jpaap.v5i2.269
This study explores student transitions from further (FE) to higher (HE) education through the Associate Student Project (ASP) and examines the effectiveness of this enhanced ...

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