Biography

ABOUT ME

I’m a Lecturer in Education, Technology and Future Life with a focus on teacher education (technology education, immersive technologies and digital learning). I’m a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Senior Fellow of the University of Glasgow teaching staff (RET).

I write as an academic journalist and blogger for The Conversation with occasional input to Forbes Technology articles. I am an advocate and ambassador for TED Talks, actively supporting TEDxGlasgow.

I’ve been teaching for 16 years within mixed educational and policy settings as a Secondary School Principal Teacher and two years seconded to The Scottish Government as National Data Lead for post-16 learning. I’m now based in the School of Education which forms part of the College of Social Sciences. I’m the Programme Validator for Digital Schools Awards Scotland and a national adviser on digital learning and teaching to Education Scotland and The Scottish Government, working in partnership with HP, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Microsoft and Intel.

I’m a futurist, exploring humanity through multi-disciplinary contexts, whilst writing dystopian science fiction. My previous titles include The Little Book of Prophecy and Intuitive Perception. My latest novella are due for publication from Autumn 2017 – Silas Awakening, Silas Rising and Silas Ascension.

ACADEMIC POSITIONS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

  • Lecturer in Education, Technology and Future Life
  • Degree Programme Leader Bachelor of Technological Education Hons
  • Coordinator of Technologies
  • Convener WPE Constructing an Educational Mindset
  • Education Lead for Digital Learning and Teaching
  • Co-Director for MSc Education Studies (online)
  • Adviser of Studies

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • The University of Glasgow – Chair of the BTechEd Hons Programme Committee
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Senior Fellow of the GU Recognising Excellence in Teaching
  • Associate Member of Association of Learning Technology
  • UNESCO International Bureau of Education
  • UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education
  • International Advisory Board for The Global Education Conference
  • Scientific Committee for the International Conference on Education and New Developments
  • Social Media & International Conference Education Technology Programme Executive
  • General Teaching Council Scotland
  • Higher Education Representative – Scottish Technology Teachers Association
  • Pascal International Observatory
  • The Scottish Society for Psychical Research

PREVIOUS MEMBERSHIPS

  • The Scottish Government iACT (GIRFEC) National Advisory Board
  • Chair of The Scottish Government National Steering Group 16+LC Data Management
  • Chair of The National Community of Practice for Data Governance
  • Schools MCMC Implementation Group

PORTFOLIO

  • Programme Leader with The University of Glasgow (2013 to present)
  • University Teacher with The University of Glasgow (2012 to present)
  • Excellence for All Coordinator for Stirling and Clackmannanshire Council (2011 to 2012)
  • 16+ Learning Choices Data Lead with The Scottish Government (2009 to 2011)
  • Principal Teacher of Pupil Support / School Development with Clackmannanshire Council (2007 to 2009)
  • Teacher of Design and Technology with Clackmannanshire Council (2004 to 2009)
  • Teacher of Design and Technology with Perth and Kinross Council (2001 to 2004)
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