Marie McAllister

Marie McAllister

Senior Lecturer

Phone: +44 (0)113 2837 100 ext.553
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Education/Academic qualification

  • Master of Science, Manchester Metropolitan University

  • Master of Education, Queen's University Belfast

  • Diploma, Queen's University Belfast

  • Bachelor of Education, Queen's University Belfast



Marie is a Senior Lecturer for Children, Young People and Families where she lectures on the Early Childhood Studies programme. Having undertaken a degree  in Primary Education, she has also completed a Diploma in Advanced study of Education (Theory), Master of Education (Primary), and Master of Science (Psychology). Marie is also currently completing a doctorate in education (EdD) at Leeds Beckett University.


Before joining Leeds Trinity University, Marie has 17 years experience of teaching in the primary sector in Northern Ireland. From 1998 she worked in higher education as a lecturer, teaching social and developmental psychology and early childhood studies. Marie joined Leeds Trinity University in 2013 where she has held a variety of roles and responsibilities. She has been a Senior Lecturer, an Admission tutor for Early Childhood Studies, a Progress Tutor, a Level 4 Placement Co-ordinator between 2013 and 2015 and was a Member of the institute’s Ethics Committee until September 2015.     


Research interests


Marie has specific interests and expertise in developmental psychology and in children’s thinking and learning.  Her research areas are developmental psychology, children’s rights and children’s thinking and learning.


Marie is currently involved in a research and consultancy project exploring educators’ understanding of the significance of creativity in children’s scientific thinking.  Previous research focussed on policy and practice surrounding special educational needs in the primary sector. 


Marie has also presented conference and professional presentations. In 2013 she presented the paper ‘The repositioning of children in educational research; from compliance, to cooperation, to control’, at the Researching Education in the 21st Century: new directions, innovations and challenges conference at Leeds Beckets University.


Teaching and Administration


Marie teaches a variety of modules across the Early Childhood Studies course. These modules include:


  • CYP Level 4 Physical and Cognitive Development

  • CYP Level 5 Creativity: Expressive Arts and the World

  • CYP Level 6 SEN and Disability