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Simon Stobart


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Academic Biography

Dr Simon Stobart (BA, PhD, FBCS, CEng, CITP, PFHEA, FRSA) Dean of the School of Computing, Media and the Arts.

With over 28 years experience of working in UK higher education, having previously held positions of Senior/Principal Lecturer and Assistant Dean. He has taught across a range of subjects within the academic area of Computer Science and Software Engineering. He is responsible for the overall strategic management and academic leadership of the academic subject areas of Computer Science & Information Systems, Games, Animation & Visual Effects and Communications, Arts and Media.

His leadership strategy is underpinned by the UK Professional Standards Framework, encouraging continuous professional development within himself and colleagues, fostering a dynamic approach to learning and teaching, demonstrating by example the professionalism that is brought to supporting student learning within the School of Computing, Media and the Arts, acknowledging the breadth and diversity of learning and assessment practices which support and enhance student learning and facilitating individuals in gaining formal recognition for the quality of their teaching and learning practices.

Summary of Research Interests

Both the research he undertook during and after his PHD has shaped his thinking in terms of the commitment to ensuring that teaching is informed by world leading research and uses a variety of instructional strategies that address diverse student learning needs. He believes we should stretch the most able students, providing an excellent learning experience informed by current research.

He is interested in new approaches to learning and teaching as well as the management and leadership of higher education.

External Roles and Professional Activities

  • FBCS - Fellow of the British Computer Society.
  • PFHEA - Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • CIWM - Certificate in Internal Workplace Mediation.
  • CEng - Chartered Engineer.

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

He has been involved with higher education for the majority of his career. Having studied an honours degree in data processing, followed by a PhD in software engineering. Studying within UK higher education has shaped his thinking on the design and provision of high quality learning and teaching throughout his career. He has obtained experiences of a wide variety of teaching styles and practices and the knowledge gained has proved invaluable in shaping his own vision of what higher education in the UK should be.

In accordance with the dimensions of the UKPSF he believes that higher education is about delivering the highest possible quality of education using appropriate methods and technologies for teaching and the support of learning, which inspires and supports effective inspirational practice and develops effective learning environments in learning and teaching and also recognizes and rewards excellent teaching and encourages continual professional development within academic colleagues.