Tech 100: Education

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Professor Bill Buchanan, Member, ICT Excellence Group / Professor of Computing, School of Computing, Napier University

An expert in online security, Buchanan is working on next generation user interfaces, web-based infrastructures, e-Crime, intrusion detection systems, digital forensics, e-Health, mobile computing, agent-based systems, and simulation. A prolific academic author, he is recognised for his excellence in knowledge transfer.

Professor Alan Bundy, Vice-President & Ambassador, Academy of Computing Professor / School of Informatics, Edinburgh University

Bundy is a leader in the development of artifi cial intelligence. His work on automated reasoning has been used in hardware and software systems development and in 2008 he was a recipient of an HP Labs innovation research award. Bundy was a founder and convener of the UK Computing Research Committee, which plays an advocacy role for computing research in the UK.

Peter Burnhill, Director, EDINA (JISC UK National Data Centre)

After establishing Edinburgh University’s data library, Burnhill became co-director of the Economic and Social Research Council Regional Research Laboratory for Scotland to promote the value of geographical information systems. He now heads the national academic data centre which delivers online services and tools to students, teachers and researchers in higher and further education.

Professor Muffy Calder, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Scottish Government / Chair, ICT Excellence Group Professor of Formal Methods, Glasgow University

A champion of raising the status of computer science in schools, Calder is a Royal Society Leverhulme Research Senior Fellow and Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award Holder. Her work on complex software and biochemical systems has been applied to telecomms and the treatment of cancer. She has collaborated with scientists and engineers from a wide range of disciplines, from electrical and aerospace engineering to cancer and cardiovascular medicine.

Gerry Dougan, Adviser, Next Practice, Computing and Information Technology Subject Network, Scotland’s Colleges

A former systems analyst with John Menzies, project manager with Scottish Amicable Life Assurance and IT manager at West Lothian College, Dougan now works across a number of areas within the Scotland’s Colleges with a particular interest in the application of ICT in learning and teaching and business processes.

Professor Peter Edwards, Technical Director, dot.rural, RCUK Digital Economy Hub / Professor of Computing Science, Aberdeen University

Edwards is part of a team exploring how rural areas can, through the user-led application of digital technology, be more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. He has a longstanding interest in computational methods for scientific discovery.

Professor Michael Fourman, Specialist Adviser, House of Lords Select Committee on Communications / Member, Connected Capital Reference Group / Chair, Computer Systems, Edinburgh University

Fourman started his academic career as a mathematical logician, “viewed by mathematicians as a kind of philosopher, and by philosophers, somewhat more accurately, as a mathematician.” He created the School of Informatics at Edinburgh: “All with a lot of help from my friends; now working to make sense of our claim that informatics is changing the ways we think.”

Alisdair Gunn, Project Director, Interactive Scotland /

With experience in the private and public sectors, Gunn heads this start-up accelerator programme supporting new technology ventures across the creative industries and digital media sector. The aim is to help entrepreneurs and companies develop their vision to innovate and develop next generation platforms, services, applications and content across the creative industries, new media, mobile, wireless and digital media sectors.

Professor Jeff Haywood, Member, ICT Excellence Group / Professor of Education and Technology, Edinburgh University

Haywood specialises in the effectiveness of ICT in enhancing learning, especially in higher education, cultural and political factors in uptake and use of ICT in education and the evaluation of national and institutional strategies for the implementation of ICT-supported education. At Edinburgh, he is vice principal of knowledge management and chief information officer.

Alun Hughes, Chair, Further and Higher Education ICT Sector Board / Director of Learning and Information Services, UHI

Hughes is the director of the service covering IT and library services and support for webbased learning. The university provides access to undergraduate and postgraduate study and research opportunities through a distinct partnership of 13 colleges and research institutions.

Charlie Love, Member, ICT Excellence Group Principal Teacher of Computing, Aberdeen City Council

An entrepreneur, developer, author, publisher and teacher, Love has been engaged with social media and the web, technology and the development of computer games since he coded his first game in Sinclair Basic “a long time ago!” He is also founder of CompEdNet, the Scottish Computing and Information Systems teachers’ forum.

John McClelland, Chair, Skills Development Scotland and Scottish Funding Council Author, Review of Scottish Public Sector ICT Infrastructure (2011)

With extensive experience across the private and public sectors, McClelland was Vice President of Worldwide Operations for IBM’s personal computer company before joining the Digital Equipment Corporation in 1995 where he was a Senior Vice President. He was also Global Chief Industrial Offi cer and board member of Philips Consumer Electronics and latterly, President of 3Com’s Business Networks Company.

Professor Greg Michaelson, Convener, Scottish Heads of Computing Professor of Computer Science, Heriot-Watt  University

Michaelson is Director of Education for the Scottish Funding Councilsupported Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) research pool. He is a member of the SQA Computer and Information Science Qualifi cations Development Team and of the RSE’s Computing Exemplifi cation Advisory Group.

Nigel Paul Member, Technology in Education Group, Digital Participation Action Group Director of Corporate Services, University of Edinburgh

After 22 years as Finance, IT and Planning Director for one of ICI’s heavy chemical divisions, Paul joined Edinburgh University in 2002 and is responsible for a wide range of operational and commercial activitiews at the university. Among several roles, he is a director of TMRI Ltd, the partnership with Scottish Enterprise.

Dr Claudia Pagliari, Convener, eHealth Interdisciplinary Research Group / Senior Lecturer in Primary Care, Edinburgh University

Pagliari is also Academic Director of the MSc in Health Informatics and MSc in Health Information Governance and is involved in curriculum development for MScs in Health Informatics and Health Information Governance. Her research includes exploration and evaluation of eHealth interventions, linking policy and research and consumer and patient engagement.

Tony Rafferty, Member, ICT Excellence Group / National Parent Forum of Scotland

The forum was established to give parent councils and parents an opportunity to discuss and raise educational issues of mutual interest or concerns at a national level. Rafferty is the forum’s Aberdeen representative and focuses on deepening parental involvement in ICT for children.

Jaye Richards Hill, Member, ICT Excellence Group / Learning Community Principal Teacher

A retired community teacher and now a consultant, Richards Hill has been critical of Glow’s management. She wrote recently: “How did the world’s fi rst national schools’ intranet veer towards becoming the world’s fi rst Zombie intranet?”

Jeremy Scott, Project Officer, Computing Science Education, Royal Society of Edinburgh & British Computer Society / Principal Teacher of Computing Science, George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh

On secondment, Scott has developed a new set of computing science resources for teachers and pupils. Phase one is targeted at 11 to 14 year olds and includes a mobile app development unit. Future phases will seek to support older students, as well as new national qualifications being introduced as part of Curriculum for Excellence.

Professor Mike Sharples, Member, ICT Excellence Group Chair in Educational Technology, The Open University

A co-investigator in the Wolfson OpenScience Laboratory project, Sharples’ interests include human-centred design and evaluation of technologies of learning and the application of studies of human cognition and social interaction to the design of novel interactive systems. He inaugurated the mLearn international conference series and was founding president of the International Association for Mobile Learning.

Professor Ian Sommerville, Member, ICT Excellence Group / Professor of Computer Science, St Andrews University

Sommerville believes that by examining social, organisational and human issues, we can build systems that offer faster ‘time to value’. He is Director of the Graduate School of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance.

Sally Smith, Project Director, e-Placement Scotland / Head of School of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University

Smith champions the placement initiative calling on businesses to offer paid work experience to computing and IT students. “With record unemployment and a growing skills shortage, our message is that the IT sector is buoyant and it is hiring.” She has worked in the telecommunications and aerospace industries in the UK and Europe.

Fraser Speirs, Member, ICT Excellence Group / Head of Computing and IT, Cedars School of Excellence

Cedars was the first school in the world to roll out the Apple iPad on a 1:1 basis and Speirs was responsible for the planning and execution of that project. A well-known public speaker at events such as the Apple EU Leadership Summit and Macworld Mobile, he works with schools around the world focusing on next-generation educational technology, teaching practice and curriculum.

Professor Joseph Sventek, Executive Committee Member, UK Computing Research Committee / Head of School of Computing Science, Glasgow University

Prior to joining Glasgow, Sventek had a distinguished research career as an engineer and research fellow at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies. Since 1957, when it became the fi rst university in Scotland to have an electronic computer, Glasgow has built a reputation for the excellence of its Computing Science research and its graduates and is today rated in the UK’s top 10.

Neil Winton, Member, ICT Excellence Group / Principal Teacher of English, Perth Academy

As well as teaching English, Winton actively involved in the adoption of ICT to improve literacy and learning. Of his membership of the Excellence Group, Winton said: “I will be approaching this opportunity with an open mind and a desire to see Scotland’s education system show the way with what is possible.”

Joe Wilson Member, Technology in Education Group, Digital Participation Action Group / Head of New Ventures, SQA

Wilson has a keen interest in educational technology and has served on the Executive of the Association of Learning Technology and represented Scotland on the National Information Learning Technologies Association executive. He has in the past worked on projects with Education World Forum and a number of UK and overseas agencies in an around learning technology.

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Beginning as a reporter on weekly newspapers in the North-East of England, Will moved to Glasgow and worked as a freelance for a number of UK national newspapers. In 1990 he was appointed News Editor of Scotland on Sunday and in 1995, Scotland Editor of The Sunday Times. In 1999, he and his family moved to the south-west of France where he wrote for The Sunday Times Magazine. Returning to Scotland in 2002, he was Assistant Editor (Features) and Deputy Editor at The Scotsman before joining Holyrood Magazine in 2004. He writes for the magazine's business pages and edits its series of...

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