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Academic Biography

Ryan Williams is studying a PhD in Education, investigating 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. 

Ryan has worked on numerous education technology campaigns, served as an education consultant, and now works as head of projects for an education software company.

As part of the PhD journey, Ryan gained a Teaching & Learning in Higher Education certificate from the University of Hong Kong, and became an Apple TeacherMicrosoft Certified Educator, Google Certified Educator and Google Certified Trainer. In 2021, Ryan became an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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 is investigating whether social media can be used as an educational resource in secondary classrooms. The PhD research will aim to develop a framework for educators when social media platforms are used in learning contexts. Ryan’s wider goal and project is to create paperless classrooms in mainstream education.

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

The University of Hong Kong

Award Date: 24 Apr 2020

Bachelor, Teesside University

Award Date: 1 Jun 2014

External positions

Lecturer, University of Sunderland

28 Jan 2021 → …

Head of Projects, Abyasa Limited

1 Jan 2020 → …


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