Academic Staff

Here at the Centre for Open Learning, we have decades of experience in providing short courses which are taught by talented and supportive subject specialists. All our tutors are experts in their field and offer enthusiastic learning experiences. Below are just some of our fantastic academic staff who will be teaching courses during the Festival of Open Learning this summer. 

Gregor McAlpine
Tutor - Proof is in the Printing workshops

Gregor studied at the Leith School of Art under Mark and Lottie Cheverton then at Edinburgh College of Art under Glen Onwin, Elspeth Lamb and Marcus Rees Roberts. He holds a BA (Hons) and Master of Fine Art degrees in Printmaking from Edinburgh College of Art and is currently researching for a Practice-led PhD in Printmaking Practices.

Gregor previously taught printmaking at the Leith School of Art in Edinburgh for many years and alongside his current tutoring for the Centre for Open Learning in Printmaking, he also regularly teaches art workshops for children and young adults and most recently during the Merchant City Festival in Glasgow.

Photo by Mihaela Bodlovic


Douglas Dougan
Tutor - Write a Short Film Script

Douglas Dougan began his career writing for series television at BBC, Channel Five & ITV (CasualtyFamily AffairsDoctorsThe BillKingdomRiver City). He trained in Edinburgh, London and New York where he shadowed the writers room on David E.Kelley’s legal series The Practice. In 2006, he set up his own production company: Fluid Eye Productions. Among their credits are the BAFTA award-winning Run, Tony, Run!Mono (BBC Three Film Award), Waiting for the 42 and Half Way Home

Dr Lucinda Byatt
Tutor - History of Food: 16th Century Rome

Lucinda Byatt holds a Ph.D in History from the European University Institute in Italy and is a historian and Italian-English Translator. Her other roles include production editor of ‘Food and History’. 

Dr John Gordon
Tutor - Introduction to Scottish Philosophy

John holds a general Arts degree from the Open University, and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh. He has been teaching at the university since 1989, and is currently a tutor in Philosophy and Classics in the University’s Centre for Open Learning.