Dr Matthew Phillpott

Matthew Phillpott is Digital Projects Manager at the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London. He originally came to the University in 2010 to develop the History SPOT e-learning portal to help train History postgraduates at the national level, and has since gone on to lead a variety of learning initiatives including running seminars and workshops on topics such as social media and data management, re-developing the History SPOT portal into a research skills offering for humanities students, and developing the Moodle VLE for internal students.

Matthew’s background was originally in History research. In 2009, Matthew received his PhD at the University of Sheffield, completing a study on the sources and methodology of a sixteenth-century religious history book, and soon after provided assistance to the HumBox project (a repository for teaching materials). In 2012, Matthew received a fellowship from the Social Media Knowledge Exchange (SMKE) to research blogging practices in academic and archival situations, and then in 2015, he received certified status with the Association for Learning Technologists (CMALT). In 2018 he became an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy and completed the first module of the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Technology (PGCiLT). He is currently working towards completion of the second module.

Since undertaking the work on the SMKE fellowship, Matthew has been interested in understanding how online training and learning can intersect with academic research to the improvement of both. He is also interested in the use of blogs and websites in teaching and how to make the best use of new tools.