Indicators of Esteem

Membership of Academic Societies

  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy (from 2015): this is an advanced level of membership, given to those who have “proven, sustained track record in Higher Education teaching and management.”
  • Fellow, British Computer Society (BCS) (from 2014): this is the typical level of membership for Computing Science academics. I was a member of a group of eight Russell Group Computing Science academics who lobbied the BCS on their accreditation processes (2015), leading to the BCS agreeing to review their accreditation process with a view to reducing the application workload.

External Examining Appointments

  • Taught MSc programmes: Heriot Watt (2002-2005), Stirling (2006-2008), Hertfordshire (2005-2008), Oxford (2007-2011), Kent (2010-2013)
  • Undergraduate programmes: Lincoln (2010-2013), Cork (2013-2017).
  • Research MSc programmes: Newcastle (Australia) (2007), Edinburgh Napier (2014).
  • PhD awards: Nottingham (2008), Monash (2008), Victoria (New Zealand) (2014), Swansea (2015), Greenwich (2015), Southampton (2015), Vaxjo (Sweden) (2015), University of South Africa (2016), Brighton (pending, 2017)
  • External consultant for Leeds University Computing Science undergraduate curriculum review: University of Leeds (2014, 2015)

Teaching Excellence Award

  • 2011 University of Glasgow Teaching Excellence Award (5 given annually)
  • 1999 University of Queensland Teaching Excellence Award (5 given annually)

Academic Qualifications

  • 2009-2012 Master of Business Administration, University of Glasgow & The Open University
  • 1998 Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education), The University of Queensland
  • 1988-1992 PhD (Intelligent Tutoring Systems), Cambridge University
  • 1987-1988 MPhil (Computer Speech and Language Processing), Cambridge University
  • 1983-1986 BSc(Hons) (Computer Science, with distinction), Rhodes University, South Africa

Funding Awards

  • 2015 University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Development award (£20K)
  • 2014 MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit award (£30K)
  • 2011 EPSRC “Bridging the Gap” award (£11.5K)
  • 2010 Higher Education Academy award (£3.5K)
  • 2009 Carnegie trust travel award (£2.5K)
  • 2006 EPSRC Grant (£79 875)
  • 2002 Australian Research Council Research Grant (A$190K)
  • 2001 University of Queensland Women's Fellowship (A$10K)
  • 1999 Australian Research Council Research Grant (A$170K)
  • 1995 Australian Research Council Research Grant (A$19.5K)
  • 1994 Australian Research Council Research Grant (A$22 750)

Programme Committees, Reviewing and Research Events

  • I am on the Steering Committee for the biennial Theory and Application of Diagrams Conference. The next conference will be held in Edinburgh, June 18th-22nd 2018.
  • I am a frequent reviewer and member of the following conference programme committees: Graph Drawing, InfoVIz, Diagrams, Australasian Computer Education, Scottish Qualifications Authority Enhancement Themes conference. I was co-chair of Diagrams 2014.
  • I regularly review for the following journals: IEEE Trans. Visualisation and Computer Graphics, Empirical Software Engineering, Int. Jour. Human Computer Studies, Computers & Education journal, Computing and Visualisation in Science, Information Science.
  • I have reviewed grant proposals for Australian Research Council and two UK Research Councils, and was a nominated peer reviewer for the Excellence in Research for Australia initiative, which assesses research quality within Australia's higher education institutions (2012).
  • I am often invited to review Scholarship of Learning and Teaching articles and proposals within the University of Glasgow: Recognising Excellence in Teaching, Learning & Teaching Conference, Learning & Teaching Development Fund.
  • I have been co-organiser of two Dagsthul Seminars: “Information Visualization - Towards Multivariate Network Visualization (2013), “Evaluation in the Crowd: Crowdsourcing and Human-Centred Experiments” (2015). I have been invited to attend a further seven Dagstuhl research Seminars – attendance at which is by invitation only.

Speaking invitations

  • Keynote Speaker at 7th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction (VINCI), Sydney, 2014, entitled "12 years of Diagrams Research"
  • Keynote Speaker at 12th International Conference on Knowledge Management and Data Mining, Bordeaux, 2012, entitled "User evaluation: Why?"
  • We have been invited to give Aropä workshops/seminars at Robert Gordon University (2011), Heriot Watt (2011), Sheffield University (2013), Auckland (2016).
  • I was invited to act as a ‘Leadership Case Study’ at a Scottish HEA “Future Leaders of Learning and Teaching” (2015) event for early career academics from a wide range of Scottish Higher Education Institutions.
  • I have been invited to introduce and teach a level 3 course in Human Computer Interaction during my sabbatical at the University of Arizona in Fall 2017. This course will then become an established offering in their BSc programm.