team

The academic team are primarily responsible for delivering the programme in association with our industrial partners.

Professor Sue Black

Principal Investigator

Durham

Professor Alexandra Cristea

Co-Investigator

Durham

Johanna Waite

Project Manager

Durham

Kathryn Moore

Assistant Project Manager

Durham

Sophie Banerji

TechUPOnline Administrator

Durham

Abril Corona-Figueroa

Skills Bootcamp in Software Engineering Tutor

Durham

Tahir Aduragba

Skills Bootcamp in Data Engineering Tutor

Durham

Team Bios

Durham University

Sue Black

An award winning Computer Scientist, Technology Evangelist and Digital Skills Expert, Professor Sue Black was awarded an OBE for “services to technology” in the 2016 Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. She is Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist in the Department of Computer Science at Durham University, a UK government advisor, thought leader, Trustee at Comic Relief, social entrepreneur, writer and public speaker. Sue set up the UK’s first online network for women in tech BCSWomen in 1998 and led the campaign to save Bletchley Park. Sue’s first book Saving Bletchley Park details the social media campaign she led to save Bletchley Park from 2008-2011, it has been an Amazon UK bestseller.

Sue didn’t have a traditional start to her career. She left home and school at 16, married at 20 and had 3 children by the age of 23. A single parent at 25 she went to university, gained a degree in computing then a PhD in software engineering. Sue now has 4 children and 3 grandchildren.

Alexandra Cristea

 

Alexandra I. Cristea is Professor, Head of the Innovative Computing research group at the Computer Science Department, Durham University. Her research includes user modelling and personalisation, web science, learning analytics, semantic web, social web, authoring, with over 250 papers on these subjects. She is within the top 50 researchers in the world in the area of educational computer-based research according to Microsoft Research. Prof. Cristea has been highly active and has an influential role in international research projects. She is experienced in running research projects and has been the organizer of workshops, co-organizer, panelist and program committee member of various conferences in her research field (including, for example, UMAP, ED-MEDIA, Hypertext, Adaptive Hypermedia, ICCE, ICAI). She is a member of the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, executive peer reviewer of the IEEE LTTF Education Technology and Society Journal and she was co-editor of the Advanced Technologies and Learning Journal. She acted as UNESCO expert for adaptive web-based education at a high-level (Ministry of Education and Educational institutes) meeting of East European countries, educational invited expert for the Romanian prime minister, as well as EU expert for H2020, FP7, FP6, eContentPlus. She is a BCS fellow, a HEA fellow, IEEE Senior Member and IEEE CS member, EATEL (European Association of Technology Enhanced Learning) founding member, ACM member.

Johanna Waite

Johanna has over 8yrs experience in Project Management across Engineering, Energy and Nuclear, Heritage, Charity and Higher Education sectors. Specialising in non-profit and community projects, Johanna joined the University from Durham Cathedral where she worked on the Open Treasure project.

Johanna also volunteers with the National Childbirth Trust coordinating local fund raising events.

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Kathryn Moore

Kathryn has worked in a number of different roles within the Higher Education and charitable sectors supporting emerging and established projects develop, including a number of Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Training Partnerships at Durham University, Research Centres (CVAC, Zurbaran and ARCTIC) and the Durham Residential Research Library.

Sophie Banerji

Sophie is currently in the final year of undergraduate study at Durham University. Focused on Education and Sociology, her interests lie in creating equality of opportunity in all education systems.

Having previously worked in admin and various volunteer roles, Sophie now administrates for TechUPOnline.

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Abril Corona-Figueroa

Abril is PhD Student from the Department of Computer Science at Durham University. Her research interests are in machine learning, deep learning, computer vision, and medical image processing. Abril obtained her B.S in Computer Systems Engineering from the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico. She was previously a student in the Computer Research Center in Mexico and an international student at the Eastern New Mexico University in the U.S. Abril enjoys collaborating with other people and learning about new technology applications.

Tahir Aduragba

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