Professor of Digital Education and Policy
School of Education
Telephone: (01792) 513893
Room: Office - 243
Second Floor
Keir Hardie 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


  1. Watermeyer, R., Crick, T., Knight, C., Goodall, J. COVID-19 and digital disruption in UK universities: afflictions and affordances of emergency online migration Higher Education
  2. Harris, A., Jones, M., Crick, T. Curriculum leadership: a critical contributor to school and system improvement School Leadership & Management 40 1 1 4
  3. Crick, T., Davenport, J., Hanna, P., Irons, A., Prickett, T. Computer Science Degree Accreditation in the UK: A Post-Shadbolt Review Update Proceedings of the 4th Conference on Computing Education Practice (CEP'20) 6 1 4
  4. Crick, T., Golding, T. Building a New National Curriculum for Wales: Practitioners as Curriculum Policy Makers 33rd International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement
  5. Aarts, G., Dwivedi, Y., Hughes, L., Ismagilova, E., Aarts, G., Coombs, C., Crick, T., Duan, Y., Dwivedi, R., Edwards, J., Eirug, A., Galanos, V., Ilavarasan, P., Janssen, M., Jones, P., Kar, A., Kizgin, H., Kronemann, B., Lal, B., Lucini, B., Medaglia, R., Meunier-FitzHugh, K., Meunier-FitzHugh, L., Misra, S., Mogaji, E., Sharma, S., Singh, J., Raghavan, V., Raman, R., Rana, N., Samothrakis, S., Spencer, J., Tamilmani, K., Tubadji, A., Walton, P., Williams, M. Artificial Intelligence (AI): Multidisciplinary perspectives on emerging challenges, opportunities, and agenda for research, practice and policy International Journal of Information Management

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  • 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.

  • EDN309 Educational Practice in a Digital Age

    This module will explore how digital technologies are considered to influence, benefit and challenge contemporary educational practice, and would be of interest to those wishing to pursue various careers in education, including policy development and leadership roles. This module will focus on critical questions, contemporary issues and emerging developments concerning digital technologies and education. Discussion topics will include behaviour, risk and safety, professional development, technology provision models, 'BYOD' and personal technologies in the learning environment, learning analytics, rethinking knowledge in the digital age, digital technologies and ideology, emerging technologies and predicting trends and impact.

  • EDPM06 Digital Education and Practice

    This module will enable you to develop both a practical and a theoretical understanding of the role and place of digital technologies in education. You will be encouraged to engage with key debates and issues surrounding digital competencies with particular reference to the introduction of the Digital Competence Framework in Wales. The module will explore how professional practice is informed, and transformed, by the effective use of digital technologies through the study of their impact on pedagogy, assessment and progression. Students will evaluate the strengths and limitations of existing and emerging digital methods and approaches adopted in the UK and international settings and will explore the skills required for successful digital practice, and what this means for future professional learning needs.


  • Facebook, mothers and midwives: the role of social media in improving breastfeeding support services (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Amy Brown
  • The Etiology of Young Children Playing Digital First-Person Shooter Games and Factors Influencing Parental Permission: A Cross-Cultural Study of the United States and United Kingdom (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Cathryn Knight
  • A design based research project: Exploring pedagogies that develop abstract and algebraic thinking within secondary school mathematics (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Cathryn Knight

Administrative Responsibilities

  • REF Impact Lead for Education - Swansea University

    2018 - Present

External Responsibilities

Research Groups