Professor in Digital Learning and Technology
School of Education
Telephone: (01792) 513893
Room: Office - 965B
First Floor
Talbot Building
Singleton Campus

Tom is Professor of Digital Education & Policy at Swansea University, a joint professorial appointment between Swansea School of Education, the Computational Foundry (Department of Computer Science) and the College of Human and Health Sciences. Whilst his disciplinary background is in computer science, his academic interests sit at the research/public policy interface: STEM education, curriculum reform, science and innovation policy, digital public services, data science, and infrastructure and skills for the digital/data economy.

Tom is an HEA National Teaching Fellow (2014), a BSA Science Media Fellow (2011), an RSA Centenary Young Fellow (2014), and a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow (2015). In June 2017, he was appointed MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for “services to computer science and the promotion of computer science education”

Areas of Expertise

  • Computer science education
  • Digital pedagogies
  • Digital policy
  • Data science
  • Intelligent systems
  • Data infrastructure
  • Science and innovation policy

Publications

  1. & A UK Case Study on Cybersecurity Education and Accreditation. Presented at 49th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, Cincinnati, USA:
  2. & (2019). Indexing Cultural Heritage Resources for Research and Education. Presented at Digital Humanities (DH 2019), Utrecht, Netherlands:
  3. & (2019). Co-construction of a national curriculum: the role of teachers as curriculum policy makers in Wales. Presented at 4th European Conference on Curriculum Studies (EuroACS 2019), Maynooth, Republic of Ireland:
  4. & Ten Hot Topics around Scholarly Publishing. Publications 7(2), 34
  5. & Co-design, evaluation and the Northern Ireland Innovation Lab. Public Money & Management 39(4), 290-299.

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Teaching

  • EDN106 Learning in a Digital Age

    This module will introduce key concepts, issues and debates concerning learning in a digital age. This module will explore contemporary debates in topics such as 'bring your own device' (BYOD) initiatives and `digital natives¿, and you will have the opportunity to evaluate your digital capabilities. There will be opportunities to experiment, assess and reflect on different learning approaches with digital technologies, explore digital tools and spaces for learning, consider the risks and responsibilities, and the benefits and opportunities for learning in a digital age.

  • EDN206 Enhancing Learning with Digital Technologies

    This module will enable you to develop your understanding of learning, teaching and assessment with digital technologies. It will outline different perspectives and debates concerning digital technologies and pedagogy. There is an emphasis on critical analysis, evidence-informed approaches and design principles. The module will outline fundamental issues including inclusivity, accessibility, legislation, policies and standards. You will not be required to develop legal expertise but an awareness of how they influence educational practice. You will be able to develop your understanding of how to source, evaluate and implement open educational resources (OERs) for teaching and learning. There will be opportunities to develop technical, creative and project management skills.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • REF Impact Lead for Education - Swansea University

    2018 - Present

External Responsibilities

Research Groups