Following an interest in software development from an early age and a successful years placement under the Year In Industry scheme I went to the University Of Sheffield to study Software Engineering. A mixture of my experience in industry and nature of the course at Sheffield made me curious about the efficiency of software development methods and led to my PhD and postdoctoral study in Software Development methods. I have also held a long intrest in the scholarship of learning and teaching: in software engineering (particualrly in group projects) and doctoral training.
I have taught various subjects in computing at the Universities of Sheffield and Hull and the Open Univeristy since 2005.
I was the co-chair of the UK Research Staff association from July 2010 until July 2011, and I was the founding vice chair of the International Consortium of Research Staff Associations from July 2012 until November 2013.
Chris' research is focused on the scholarship of learning and teaching at the Open University. He has particular intrest in supporting degree apprentice students in their study.
Chris is a member of the TM352: Web, mobile and cloud technologies module team, he has contributed sprints on Software Enginering to TMXY225 and TMXY235 which are proffesional practice modules in the Graduate Apprenticeship programme in Scotland. Chris is also plays a key role in supporting our pratice tutors deliver our Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship programme in England.
Chris reguarlly vollunters at St. Mary's C of E Primary School (Credenhill).