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Mary is a Senior Lecturer in Education. She leads the Early Years subject specialism on the B.Ed. /M.Ed. and is Route Leader for the 3-7 PGCE. She is currently module leader for the B.Ed./M.Ed. undergraduate research modules. She is a trained children’s librarian and as a qualified teacher has worked across the early years and primary age range.

Prior to joining the university Mary worked as a researcher on an ESRC funded project based at Bristol University and her PhD research, also undertaken at the University of Bristol, explored how parents and teachers working together can support children’s literacy learning.

Higher Education Teaching Qualification

Senior Fellowship (SFHEA)



Areas of expertise

Mary's main areas of expertise are in early years education; literacy; and qualitative research with young children. 

She was awarded a Learning and Teaching Fellowship in 2014 for a project which explored undergradaute perceptions of undertaking research.The second phase of this research was funded in 2016. In July 2016 Mary was elected as Faculty Representative on University Senate, and in December 2016 Mary became the Faculty Representative on the Research Degrees Quality Committee. 

In July 2019 Mary was awarded an Erasmus + funding grant. She is the University of Winchester PI on a collaborative Europe wide project exploring young children's perspectives on outdoor learning in the Early Years.






  • Scanlan, M. (2018) Fifty Fantastic Ideas for Early Language Development, London: Featherstone (Bloomsbury)

    Feiler, A., Andrews, J., Greenhough, P., Hughes, M., Johnson, D., Scanlan, M., & Yee, W.C. (2007) Linking Home and School Learning: Primary Literacy, London, RoutledgeFalmer.

Chapters in Edited Books

  • Scanlan, M. (2018) "Working with families to support literacy development" in Baldwin, L. with Chamberlain, L., Scanlan, M., Stockwell, S. & Suggett, N. English Subject Leadership in the Primary School, London, Routledge
  • Payler, J. & Scanlan, M. (2018) The importance of Child Development in Arthur, J., & Cremin, T., Learning to Teach in the Primary School, (4th ed.) London, Routledge

  • Scanlan, M. (2017)  Working with families and their unique children in Beginning Teaching, Beginning Learning, (2nd ed.)  Moyles, J. Georgeson, J. & Payler, J. (Eds.) Maidenhead, Oxford University Press

    Greenhough, P., Yee, W.C., Andrews, J., Feiler, A., Scanlan, M., & Hughes, M. (2006) Mr Naughty Man: Popular culture and children’s literacy learning, in J. Marsh and E. Millard (eds.) Popular Literacies, Childhood and Schooling, London, RoutledgeFalmer.

Peer reviewed journal articles

  • Scanlan, M. (2012) Cos um it like put a picture in my mind of what I should write: an exploration of how home-school partnership might support the writing of lower achieving boys, in Support for Learning, Vol. 27, No.1, pp. 4-10.
  • Scanlan, M. (2010) Opening the Box: literacy, artefacts and identity, in Literacy, Vol. 44 (1) pp.28-36.
  • Feiler, A., Andrews, J., Greenhough, P., Hughes M., Johnson, D., Scanlan, M., and Yee, W.C., (2008) The Home School Knowledge Exchange Project; linking home and school to improve children’s literacy, in Support for Learning Vol. 23 No. 1.
  • Feiler, A., Greenhough, P. and Winter, J. with Salway, L. and Scanlan, M. (2006) Getting engaged: possibilities and problems for home school knowledge exchange, in Educational Review Vol. 58, No.4, pp.451-469.
  • Greenhough, P., Scanlan, M., Feiler, A., Johnson, D., Yee, W.C., Andrews, J.A., Price, A., Smithson, M., & Hughes, M. (2005) Boxing Clever: using shoeboxes to support home school knowledge exchange, in Literacy Vol. 39 (2) pp.97-103.

Published conference proceedings

  • Hughes, M., Andrews, J., Feiler, A., Greenhough, P., Johnson, D., McNess, E., Osborn, M., Pollard, A., Salway, L., Scanlan, M., Stinchcombe, V., Winter, J. and Yee, W.C. (2005) Exchanging Knowledge between Home and School to Enhance Children’s Learning. Paper presented at TLRP seminar on ‘Contexts, communities and networks: Mobilising learners’ resources and relationships in different domains’, Glasgow Caledonian University. http://www.tlrp.org/dspace/handle/123456789/113
  • Scanlan, M., Salway, L., & Stinchcombe, V. (2004) Exchanging Knowledge between Home and School to Raise Attainment. Paper presented at the National Teacher Researcher Conference, Birmingham. (http://www.ntrp.org.uk/node/190 )
  • Greenhough, P., Hughes, M., Andrews, J., Feiler, A., Johnson, D., McNess, E., Osborn, M., Pollard, A., Scanlan, M., Salway, L., Stinchcombe, V., Winter, J., & Yee, W.C. (2004) Home School Knowledge Exchange: Activities and Conceptualisations. Paper presented at the TLRP Annual Conference, Cardiff. (http://www.tlrp.org/dsapce/handle/123456789/113)



  • Scanlan, M. (2017) "How might teacher education promote research informed practice". Paper presented at UCET conference, Stratford on Avon, November 2017
  • Scanlan, M. (2017) "Is becoming research informed important for trainee teachers?". Paper presented at BERA, University of Brighton, September 2017 
  • Scanlan, M. (2017) "Making values explicit: the place of research in ITE". Paper presented at TEAN conference, Birmingham City University
  • Scanlan, M. (2016) What are the values that underpin trainee teachers’ engagement with research? Paper presented at Values and Education International Conference, Comenius and Winchester University September 2016
  • Scanlan, M (2016) "What do trainee teacher teachers think about research and research informed practice?" Paper presented at TEAN conference Birmingham City University
  • Scanlan, M. (2008) Opening the Box; Artefacts and Identity. Paper presented at UKLA International Conference Identities, Cultures and Literacies, Liverpool Hope University.
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