The programme teaching team are experienced and committed online teachers, active researchers and renowned practitioners in the field.

Team Grid

Sian Bayne is Professor of Digital Education and Assistant Principal for Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. She directs the Centre for Research in Digital Education, supervises dissertation students on the MSc in Digital Education, and is course leader and co-tutor on ‘An introduction to digital environments for learning’. Her research interests revolve around the changes undergoing learning and teaching as it shifts online – current particular interests are critical approaches to teacher automation, open and distance education, and the application of theory from the humanities and social sciences to digital education.

Dr Huw Davies

Huw is a Lecturer in Digital Education.  He teaches on Critical Issues in Digital Education and Introduction to Social Research Methods.

Dr Peter Evans

Peter Evans is a lecturer in the institute of Education, Community and Society, and former director of the MSc in Management of Training and Development. He is course organiser for ‘Digital Education: strategy and policy’, and for 'Wider Themes in Digital Education' and he teaches on ‘Critical Issues in Digital Education’. He previously worked in the community media and cultural sectors, especially in formal and non-formal learning initiatives. His research interests are in social media and workplace learning. 

Rory Ewins is based in the Institute for Education, Community and Society. Rory leads on the course ‘Digital education in global context’ and leads and co-tutors on ‘Critical issues in digital education’. His interests include online identity and its implications for academics, the effect of university and government IT policies on academic practice, e-learning and intellectual property, and e-learning in developing countries.

Within the School of Education, Tim is a tutor on ‘Assessment, Learning and Digital Education’, and supervises MSc Digital Education dissertations and PhDs. He is an associate of the  Centre for Research in Digital Education. Additionally, he is an Academic Coordinator for the MSc in Clinical Education in Edinburgh Medical School. His research interests include the relationship between technology and memory; distributed cognition, sociomateriality and assessment; and the dynamics of online collaboration.

Michael is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Education and a member of the Centre for Research in Digital Education. He teaches on 'Course design for digital environments', ‘Education and Digital Cultures', 'Digital Education in a Global Context', 'Critical issues in digital education’, and 'Introduction to social research methods' for the MSc in Digital Education. Michael works in digital education in development contexts in collaboration with INGOs and universities largely in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. His research focuses on educational mobilities, mobile technology, and the impact on local knowledge practices and communities.

Jeremy is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Education and Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Digital Education (Data Society). He leads the ‘Education and Digital Cultures’ course, and the ‘Introduction to Social Research Methods’ MOOC on edX, while also teaching on Critical issues in digital education. Jeremy also taught on the programme’s EDCMOOC with Coursera. His research interests include critical posthumanism, open education, and data-intensive technologies in teaching and learning. Jeremy is the author of Posthumanism and the Massive Open Online Course: Contaminating the Subject of Global Education ( with Routledge.

Dr James Lamb

James is a Lecturer in Digital Education. He teaches on Critical Issues in Digital Education and Education and Digital Cultures. He also coordinates the dissertation part of Digital Education programme. His research and teaching are mostly concerned with learning spaces and multimodal teaching and assessment.


Hamish Macleod is an Honorary Fellow with the School of Education. He has recently retired from his main teaching role, but continues to make contributions to teaching, research supervision and educational development.  His background is in biology and psychology, and particular interests are in the uses of computer-mediated communications and game-informed approaches in teaching and learning.

Clara O’Shea is a Teaching Fellow  in the School of Education. She is course leader for ‘Assessment, learning and digital education’, ‘Digital games, play and the psychology of learning' and tutors on ‘Critical issues in digital education’ and 'Course design for digital environments'. Her research interests coalesce around identity development in digital environments, drawing on the psychology of learning, play and game-based learning, as well as assessment and feedback).

Jen Ross is Senior Lecturer in Digital Education, and co-director of the Centre for Research in Digital Education. She leads ‘Digital futures for learning’ and ‘Course Design’, and teaches on ‘Critical issues in digital education’. Her research interests include online learning, place and space, digital identity, reflective practices and cultural and educational institutions online.

Phil Sheail is a Lecturer in Digital Education.  She teaches on ‘Critical Issues in Digital Education', 'Information Literacies for Digital Education', and ‘Research Methods’. Her research interests are interdisciplinary, based in the area of digital and higher education, but drawing on organisational theory, cultural geography, and social theories of time. She has a particular interest in narrative, ethnographic and visual research methods. Phil is currently developing research in the area of digital cultural heritage, on crowdsourcing, digital volunteers, and public education.

Christine Sinclair is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Education. She tutors on ‘Critical issues in digital education’ and leads ‘Course design for digital environments’. She is interested in how students respond to higher education. She became a student on the MSc in E-Learning at Edinburgh University in 2006 to research the student experience of digital environments. Her background is in Philosophy and Education, but an earlier piece of research into the student experience also gave her an HNC in Mechanical Engineering. Her research particularly focuses on the effects of language in changing environments.

Ben Williamson is a Chancellor's Fellow at the Centre for Research in Digital Education and the Edinburgh Futures Institute, examining the intersections of digital technologies, science, and data with education policy and governance. His current research focuses on two key themes. One is the expansion of educational data infrastructures to enable information to be collected from schools and universities, then analysed and circulated to various audiences. The second is the emergence of ‘intimate data’ relating to students’ psychological states, neural activity, and genetic profiles, and the implications for increasingly scientific ways of approaching educational policy and practice. He teaches on the 'Critical Data in Education' course.