With a background in Computing Science and past experience as a systems engineer for the National Air Traffic Service, my research focuses on the development of computing education.
Computing education is a channel by which to encourage active societal engagement and criticality of technology, but a lack of support in compulsory computing education in the UK has left delivery of the subject “patchy and fragile”. My research aims to explore how a reconfiguration of relationships between Compulsory and Higher Education can support young people to gain vital, and well-rounded 21st century skills through computing education, and how technology can be positioned as a broker in the development of these relationships.
My previous research includes the “Create, Learn and Inspire with Micro:bit and the BBC” initiative with BBC Research and Development, where undergraduate students designed and delivered over 30 hours of computing lessons in local secondary schools using the BBC Micro:bit.
Currently I am investigating the impact of the university as a project commissioner on the engagement and enjoyment of computing lessons at Key Stage 3, through a 12-week scheme of work using the BBC micro:bit with local secondary schools.
I am also the Youth and Technology researcher in the Not-Equal Network+ project, running engagements with school pupils around algorithmic social justice, artificial intelligence, technology and ethics.