Professor Tom Crick

Professor Tom Crick

Professor of Digital Education and Policy, Education

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 513893

Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker

Research Links

Office - 243
Second Floor
Keir Hardie Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision
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Tom Crick is Professor of Digital Education & Policy at Swansea University, a joint research and innovation appointment split between the School of Education (Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences), the Computational Foundry (Faculty of Science & Engineering) and the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences. Whilst his disciplinary background is in computer science and informatics, his academic interests sit at the research/public policy interface with a focus on broad societal/policy impact: STEM/digital education, curriculum reform, science and innovation policy, data science, intelligent systems, smart cities/infrastructure, software sustainability, digital transformation, and skills/infrastructure for the digital/data economy.

As underpinning themes, his broader research interests also include levers for government innovation, digital public services, new economic models for the digital economy, legal tech, digital democracy, and citizen/civic/public engagement.

He is the incoming Editor-in-Chief of The Computer Journal (2021-present), one of the longest-established journals (since 1958) serving all branches of the academic computer science community, published by Oxford University Press. Tom is also an Editor of the Wales Journal of Education/Cylchgrawn Addysg Cymru (2020-present), a bilingual platinum open access journal published by the University of Wales Press.

Tom was appointed MBE in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours for “services to computer science and the promotion of computer science education”. In 2020, he was made a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, the national academy for science and the arts. He is also a Chartered Fellow of the BCS and the IET, and a Distinguished Speaker and Senior Member of the ACM.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Computer science education
  • Digital skills
  • Curriculum reform
  • Intelligent systems
  • Smart cities/infrastructure
  • Data science
  • Digital economy
  • Science and innovation policy

Career Highlights

Award Highlights

BERA Public Engagement and Impact Award (2020) for “Leading the Future of Science and Technology Education in Wales”.

Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales (2020)

MBE for “services to computer science and the promotion of computer science education” (2017)

Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute (2014)

HEA National Teaching Fellow (2014)

BSA Science Media Fellow (2011)