My role jointly leading the Digital Learning Team focusses on the various learning systems in use at the University. I ensure the University of Suffolk has appropriate, fit for purpose systems and processes allowing both the institution and its people to grow in a digital society. I have responsibility for managing the team that supports VLE, LMS, ERM, OPAC, Digitisation and Copyright, Video and Audio production as well as Reprographics.
My areas of additional interest include innovative technologies and learning spaces.
My first degree was in engineering where I worked with control systems for the metal rolling and gas industries. A love of designing operator interfaces and cognitive psychology led me to study a multi-disciplinary MSc that examined the interaction between humans and computers.
I am a qualified Librarian and joined University of Suffolk in September 2015 following 18 years experience in primary, secondary, further education and public libraries.
I take responsibility for supporting students and staff in the following areas: Applied Social Sciences, Children, Young People and Education, Suffolk Business School, Science and Technology
David joined UCS during 2007 having TUPE transferred from Suffolk College’s Centre for Research in Educational Applications of Telematics, where he was a Multi-Media Content Author, designing rich interactive media for use in full distance learning courses.
As the Head of Learning Services, it is my responsibility to ensure that the services my team of Librarians, Academic Skills Advisors and Digital Learning Specialists directly respond to, support and enhance the learning, teaching and research opportunities offered at the University of Suffolk. We work collaboratively with partners across our professional services and academic course teams to develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in further study or employment.
I have supported staff and students on nursing, midwifery, health and radiography programs for a number of years now and am committed to providing high quality resources and research support. I run induction sessions for new students and staff and contribute to in-course research and dissertation modules across all my program areas at L5, L6 and beyond. I follow these up with a very active schedule of 1-2-1 tutorial support all year round.
I began work in Cambridge, where for eighteen months I worked at the University Library in the Inter-Library Loan department, this was a busy department sending books and photocopies around the country and one where I gained a set of quite traditional library skills that got me underway. I then moved to Suffolk and worked for Suffolk College as a library assistant, and it was during this time I studied for a professional qualification in Information Studies. Once qualified I became the College's Audio Visual Librarian, managing the collection of off-air recordings, video tapes and slides. In 2007 I became part of University Campus Suffolk and was employed as Subject Liaison Librarian for Arts and Humanities.