School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Staff Profiles

René Koglbauer

Executive Director of North Leadership Centre, Senior Lecturer in Education (Educational Leadership)



René Koglbauer is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences (ECLS) and Executive Director of the North Leadership Centre ( as well as Director of Network for Languages North East ( René also acts as a degree programme director of a number of academic programmes at masters level and for the PGCert in Educational Leadership. For his work in higher education, René was made Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in June 2017.

René joined Newcastle University in 2010 as a member of the initial teacher training team, following a career in secondary schools as head of department/faculty, Head of Careers and school governor in the South East of England. During his time in the South East, René was also a lead practitioner for the local authority with a focus on assessment for learning and languages. René is the UK representative to the International German Teacher Association and the Chair of Board of Trustees of the subject organisation Association for Language Learning. From 2014 to 2016, he was President of the Association for Language Learning.

Over the last six years he has been actively involved in strategic developments at school, faculty and university level. As teacher educator, René took over the North Leadership Centre in September 2013. The Centre is known for its involvement in school leadership development in the North East as well as leadership and management programmes for businesses in the region, nationally and internationally. René was Co-Investigator on an Erasmus+ project: Entrepreneurial Competences for School Leadership Teams ( René is one of the academic leads of the university-wide development programme "Faculty Futures".

While teaching in secondary schools, René completed an MBA in Educational Leadership at Keele University. Currently, René’s scholarly interests lie in a number of educational fields: leadership for learning, development of middle/senior leadership, governance, student leadership, teacher training, pedagogy and curriculum development, continuous professional development, technology and its pedagogical application in the classroom, school policy, language policy as well as international school development.

Current roles within the university: 

  • Executive Director of North Leadership Centre

  • Director of Network for Languages North East

  • Degree Programme Director for employer-based PGCE 

  • Degree Programme Director PGCert Educational Leadership

  • Degree Programme Director MEd Practitioner Enquiry (Leadership)

  • Chair of Board of Examiner (Education)

  • Member of the North East Teaching Schools Partnership board

  • Member of the University Engagement Committee

  • Member of the HaSS Faculty Promotion Committee (2016-2019)

Previous roles within the university:

  • Acting Head of School (2015-2016)
  • Deputy Head of School and Director of Operations (2014-15)
  • NETSP Programme Director (North East Teaching Schools Partnership)
  • Degree Programme Director of Secondary PGCE
  • Degree Programme Director of MEd (fulltime)
  • Pathway Leader MEd (Pedagogy and Learning)  
  • Member of HaSS Faculty's Opportunities Group
  • Member of university-wide PGT Task and Finish Group

Membership and Fellowships:

  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Core Member of CfLAT (Centre for learning and Teaching)
  • BELMAS (British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society)
  • Member of the NCTL Reference/Expert Group for Languages
  • Member of NCTL (National College for Teaching and Leadership)  
  • Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors
  • Association for Language Learning ; since Sept. 2011: Trustee and Honorary Finance Officer; currently: President Elect
  • German Committee (ALL): since 2005: UK representative to the IDV (International German Teacher Association
  • Member of ALL's Special Interest Group ITT (Initial Teacher Training)
  • 2005 - 2012: School Governor / Vice-Chair of School Governing Body
  • UCET: Member of the Executive Board (since 2015), Member of International Committee (2011-2013)

Judging Panels:

  • DAAD German Translation competition (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • European Language Label (2011, 2012)
  • European Day of Languages Competition (2012 to date)
  • Language Teacher of the Year Award / Routes into Languages Ambassador Award (2015, 2016)  

In December 2013, René was interviewed by Rosie Goldsmith for the Goethe Institut London on education in the UK, Germany and Austria as well as language learning. For more details see here:




Current projects:

  • Erasmus+: EC4SLT - Entrepreneurial Competences for School Leadership Teams (2014-2016)
  • DfE / Association for Language Learning: ALL Connect
  • Tyneside Cinema Language Days
  • German GCSE/A-level days in partnership with the Goethe Institute
  • various publishing projects

Completed projects:

  • Video-conferencing and language learning (partner school: Stokesley School)
  • "Auf Deutsch" - German GCSE website: project led by Goethe Institute London:
  • Various publishing projects
  • Target Culture in the Language Classroom
  • CfBT Project: German Grammar Teaching
  • European funded project in cooperation with the Goethe Institut, London.
  • Doppelgänger-project with the Goethe Institut London

Invited Keynotes, panels, workshops (in selection):


  • ALL London: "Practical solutions for all - in language teaching" (Keynote)
  • Goethe Institute, London; annual German Day: Opening Keynote


  • Prince's Teaching Institute: MFL Residential (Oxford, UK): invited panellist (language policy, recruitment, assessment)
  • University of Vienna, Department of English (Vienna, A): "Assessment for Learning - a key aspect for the English language classroom" (workshop)
  • University of Vienna, Zentrum für LehrerInnenbildung (Vienna, A: "Assessment for Learning – the answer to all problems in assessing learning?" (Keynote) 
  • Inside Government, MFL Forum (London, UK): The Future of Modern Foreign Languages in Primary and Secondary Education.

PHD/EdD/iPhD supervision:

Current supervision focus at doctorate level: 

  • any aspects of educational leadership/management

         PhD: Azaman, A. B. (started 2014)

         EdD: Armstrong, J. (started 2015)

  • any aspects of language policy, language learning

MEd/MA Supervision

In the last couple of years, dissertations in the following areas were supervised: 

  • Educational Leadership / Management
  • Testing, Assessment, Assessment for Learning
  • Educational Policy (UK and international)
  • Thinking Skills, Thinking Maps
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Subject Pedagogy specific: in various secondary subjects
  • Primary and Secondary School Pedagogy (including SEND/G&T)
  • Language Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy
  • Curriculum Design: Curriculum as Written, Taught and Experienced
  • Practitioner Enquiry research projects

Recent MEd/MA dissertations supervised include (in selection):

  • McShane, J. (2016): What were the drivers behind the movement of Initial Teacher Education from University training towards a school-led system? A Case Study.
  • Myers, R. (2015): Maximising the effectiveness of Teaching Assistants through strategic leadership.
  • Robinson, R. (2015): After-school provision: Entrepreneurial Projects - How do they impact on student learning?
  • Tu, Q. (2015): Which factors make educational leaders in Training Schools in China be perceived as having stronger leadership ability?
  • Dempster, K. (2014): The Australian Director of Studies: doing the work that matters in the ELT business.
  • Nickols, S. (2014): Do students, and members of the wider society in Finland appreciate education more than students, and members of the wider society in England?
  • Wu, Y. (2014): Women's perspectives on female educational leadership in China: a case study of one university in China.
  • Burlinson, C. (2014): Initial Teacher Training. A critical reflection on my journey towards Twiselton's concept builder.
  • Depew, S. (2013): Teacher evaluation enhances professional development.
  • Ferguson, K. (2013): What does an ideal sixth form curriculum look like for a student with autism?
  • Moktal, R. (2013): Case study of a Bruneian primary school headteacher: theory and practice.
  • Robson, M. (2013): A school based case study into the impact and perceptions of collaborative practice on teaching and learning, considering pedagogical links to coaching, management and leadership.
  • Sirett, A. (2013): What is the role of students in the improvement process of teaching and learning?
  • Sutherland, S. (2012): An investigation into independent learning in ICT post-16 level.
  • Stottart, E. (2012): How can thinking maps be used to improve essay writing in KS5 Modern Languages?


Undergraduate Teaching

  • EDU1003 - British and Comparative Education (20 credits, stage 1)
  • EDU 2001 - Pedagogies (20 credits, stage 2) session focusing on language pedagogy
  • SML4003 - Communicating and Teaching Languages for Language Ambassadors (20 credits, stage 4)

Postgraduate Teaching 

  • EDU8172 – Leadership and Strategic Management (20 credits, semester 1)
  • EDU8130 – NPQH Accreditation (60 credits, all year)
  • EDU – NPQSL Accreditation (40 credits, all year)
  • EDU – NPQML Accreditation (20 credits, all year)
  • EDU8599 – Research Dissertation/Research-based Portfolio (60 credits, semesters 2 and 3), supervision
  • Contribution to the secondary PGCE and employer-based PGCE programme.
  • Subject Leadership for Aspiring Leaders (end of PGCE programme focus day)

Current roles in Teaching and Learning

  • Strategic Lead in collaboration with heads of sections, DELT and DPDs
  • Chair of Board of Examiners: BA, Education, PGT, PGR, Educational Psychologist programmes
  • Senior Tutor
  • DPD PG Cert in Educational Leadership
  • DPD MEd in Practitioner Enquiry (Leadership Pathway)

Previously taught modules / programmes

  • EDU8033 – Investigating Educational Leadership (40 credits, semester 2)
  • EDU8031 – Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment as Foundations of Teaching and Learning (20 credits, semester 1)
  • Secondary PGCE - MFL: Curriculum Sessions,  German Subject Specific Sessions, Professional Learning in Context seminars, various lectures QTS standards assessments, Ofsted preparation;
  • Out-posted MEd Leadership & Action Research modules 

Previous roles in Teaching and Learning

  • Deputy DPD PGCE Secondary programme
  • DPD PGCE Secondary programme
  • DPD MA Education: International Perspectives
  • Pathway Leader MA Education: International Perspectives (Leadership and Management)
  • Module leader of EDU8172, EDU8033, SML4003
  • DPD employer-based PGCE (Primary and Secondary)