Susan McWhirr
Title: Dr
First Name: Susan
Surname: McWhirr
Position: Lecturer
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263022
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Duties and Responsibilities

Dr. Susan McWhirr is a Lecturer in Human Resource Management and delivers courses on undergraduate, postgraduate and online programmes in the Department of People Organisations and Practice. Her main areas of teaching are Human Resource Management, Organisational Behaviour, Organisational Development, resourcing, lifelong learning and development and research methods. She is also the Cohort Tutor for online learning (Year 2) MSc Human Resource Management.

Before joining Robert Gordon University, Susan undertook consultancy work delivering training and psychometrics to a number of Oil and Gas Sector clients. Prior to this she was a manager and teacher in the Education sector.

Research Interests

Susan is a member of the Aberdeen Business School Research Committee and is currently working on a number of projects which focus on mentoring, coaching, reflective learning, professional development and employability. Her main research interests include professional learning, pedagogy and human resource development.

She has been involved in a number of funded research projects, knowledge transfer partnerships and training initiatives including:

2014-2015. ScotGrad Enterprise Training; Prof Heather Fulford; Prof Rita Marcella; in partnership with the University of Strathclyde, Scottish Funding Council

2013-2014. Building Online Learning Communities; Prof Heather Fulford; Dr Moira Bailey; Graeme Stephen; Susan McWhirr, DELTA (RGU)

2011-2012. Skills Utilisation Project: Maximising the Impact of Skills in the Oil and Gas Industry, Scottish Funding Council

Professional Memberships

Susan is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has Full Registration of the General Teaching Council for Scotland.  She is a qualified Myers Briggs Type Indicator Consultant and a Chartered Member of the CIPD. 

External / Professional Roles

Susan is currently the External Examiner for the BA Honours in Management courses at Bournemouth University.


BAILEY, M & MCWHIRR, S.M., 2016. The Employability Factor – Coaching for Success, Conference Paper, Society for Research in Higher Education Annual Research Conference, Newport, South Wales, 7-9 December 2016

MCWHIRR, S.M., 2016. Learning from Type: An Evaluation of the Impact of Personality Type and Relationship Context in Formal Mentoring Relationships. PhD. Aberdeen: Robert Gordon University. 

MCWHIRR, S.M. and BAILEY, M. 2015. I think therefore I-statement: An analysis of postgraduate reflective writing. Conference Paper, Society for Research in Higher Education Annual Research Conference, Newport, South Wales, 9-11 December 2015

MCWHIRR, S.M. and BAILEY, M. 2015. I think therefore I reflect? Conference Paper, ABS50 Conference, Robert Gordon University, 12-13 November 2015

MCWHIRR, S.M., FULFORD, H., BAILEY, M. and CARGILL, E. 2014. Metaphorically speaking: The doctoral experience. Poster presentation, 9th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Ulster Business School and School of Social Enterprises Ireland, Belfast.

FULFORD, H., BAILEY, M., MCWHIRR, S.M. and STEPHEN, G., 2014. Building Online Learner Communities: An Activity Theory Perspective. Conference Paper, ProPEL International Conference, University of Stirling

MCWHIRR, S.M., 2014. A Holistic View of Formal Mentoring Relationships: Can Activity Theory Bridge the Gap? Poster Presentation, ProPEL International Conference, University of Stirling

FULFORD, H., BAILEY, M., STEPHEN, G. and MCWHIRR, S.M. 2014. Building Online Learning Communities. Conference Paper, ‘Innovate to Stimulate’ Teaching and Learning Conference, Robert Gordon University

MCWHIRR, S.M., 2012. Book Review: Primary Professional Studies (Second Edition), Alice Hansen (Ed.) (2012) London: Sage, Scottish Education Review,Vol. 45 (1) pp. 112-113