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Academic Biography

Ryan Williams is an academic in the field of business and leadership. Ryan has worked on numerous education technology campaigns, served as an education consultant, and now works as project management consultant for an education software company. Ryan sits on management meetings and change control boards, acting as a highly effective business partner by creating strategies relating to policies, budgets, bidding and procedures.

Ryan also teaches at Teesside University and the University of Sunderland. Ryan supports the design and delivery of business, leadership and work-based programmes, including the international MBA. In 2021, Ryan developed a series of project management masterclasses designed for NHS workers who are moving into management roles. This was funded by the European Social Fund.

Ryan's PhD thesis in Education investigated how social media platforms can be used as a classroom resource. He was awarded a First Class Honours in Applied Sports Science from Teesside University in 2014.

In 2021, Ryan became an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).

Ryan is also a Google for Education Certified Trainer and in this capacity, attends regular sessions with Google to feedback on new features that have been designed for teaching and learning.

Research interests

  • Social Media and Student Engagement
  • 21st Century Learning
  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Contemporary Issues in Practitioner Education
  • School Policy
  • Education Technology Projects

Research Projects & External Funding

Ryan's PhD research developed a framework for educators when social media platforms are used in learning contexts. 

Some of Ryan’s previous research projects include: 

  • The Paradigm Wars: Is MMR Really a Solution?
  • A Systematic Review of the Continuous Professional Development for Technology Enhanced Learning Literature
  • The Current State of Outdoor Learning in a U.K Secondary Setting: Exploring the Benefits, Drawbacks and Recommendations
  • Confidence Interventions: Do They Work?

Education/Academic qualification

Advance HE

Award Date: 25 May 2021

Bachelor, Teesside University

Award Date: 1 Jun 2014

External positions

Associate Lecturer, University of Sunderland

28 Jan 2021 → …

Head of Projects, Abyasa Limited

1 Jan 2020 → …


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