Stephen was previously Head of the School of Media and Communication, Director of the International Institute for Electronic Library Research and Director of Knowledge Media Design at De Montfort University; Senior Technology Adviser at the JISC Technologies Centre; Head of Distance Learning at BT; Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Engineering Design; and President of the Association for Learning Technology.
He is a member of the editorial boards for Research in Learning Technology and Interactive Environments journals and has extensive experience reviewing for a range of other journals and academic conferences. Since 2005 he has been a registered European Commission expert in the fields of Technology Enhanced Learning, Digital Libraries and Cultural Heritage and he was a member of the AHRC Peer Review College for ten years.
His expertise includes: project management, design methods, soft systems analysis, ergonomics, media design, information design, computational research methods, digital humanities, distance education, online learning, training, technology forecasting and change management.
Previous clients include Reuters UKI Plc., Marconi Plc., Guy’s, King’s, St. Thomas’ Dental Institute, Birmingham University School of Medicine, Royal Holloway University of London School of Management, JISC, the Arab Open University, the European Commission, Imperial College London, the UK Government Department for Education and Science, University of London, Sheffield Hallam University, the UK Learning and Teaching Support Network Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences subject centre, Sussex University, Salford University, the British Council, Manchester University, Manchester Metropolitan University, the Open University, the UK Government Home Office.