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Meet the eSTEeM Managment Team...

eSTEeM Director - Trevor Collins 

I am a Senior Research Fellow in the Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) my research is in the area of technology-enhanced learning. I joined the OU's Psychology Department in 1994 to do a PhD in the Human Cognition Research Lab. During my PhD, my colleagues in HCRL helped to set up KMi and I became one of the first PhD graduates in KMi. Since then I've continued to work at the OU, in the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) and KMi. Some of my research has involved designing and evaluating the use of educational technology to support distance learning at the OU, and through that I got involved in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. I am the Deputy Director of eSTEeM and I am particularly interested in the relationship between education theory and practice and how practice informs research.




eSTEeM Deputy Director - Mark Jones 

I am a Senior Lecturer and Staff Tutor in the School of Physical Sciences. My academic background is in astrophysics, with a PhD in x-ray astronomy and post-doctoral research experience in infrared astronomy. I joined the OU in 1993 as an educational software designer and became a Staff Tutor in 1996. I have chaired production module teams in astronomy and space science, contributed to a variety of science module teams at all levels, and have been an OU tutor at various times in my career. My astronomical research focusses on dust in circumstellar environments. With regard to the scholarship of teaching and learning, I have a long-standing interest in the use of new technologies in teaching and the wide-ranging effects that technological innovations can have on learners and learning communities.



Senior Manager, Scholarship - Diane Ford 

I studied for my undergraduate degree at the University of Derby and hold a BA (Hons) in Law with European Studies. I joined the Open University in December 2005 when I worked as Centre Secretary for the two STEM focused Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETLs). This was an externally funded initiative by HEFCE which ran for 5 years. I have worked for eSTEeM since its creation in 2010 and currently occupy the role as Senior Manager, Scholarship. I am required to oversee the operational, financial and administrative elements of eSTEeM. 




Hook NickeSTEeM Centre Support Assistant - Nick Hook

​I joined the Open University in 2012, when I worked as an Associate Lecturer Services Assistant at the Oxford regional centre. With the closure of the Oxford office I relocated to Walton Hall in 2015, to take up a new position as a Disability Support Assistant. Around this time I began studying at the Open University, and in 2019 I graduated with an MA in History with distinction. I have recently joined eSTEeM as a Support Assistant, where I primarily provide administrative support to Diane and the wider team.




Jonathan Evans

eSTEeM Project Officer - Jonathan Evans 

I joined the OU in March 2021 to assist project teams in eSTEeM gather and analyse data. My role is just developing! In my past, I have taught in Further Education and managed an Engineering Curriculum; worked as a consultant in the development and roll-out of VLE systems in colleges and small businesses; and, more recently, I have run my own business.

My first degree is from the University of Durham in Engineering Science and I have completed one OU Masters module (I will finish it one day!). I also have a range of teaching qualifications in the post-compulsory education sector.


You can find us:
Ground Floor, Chambers Building
The Open University, Walton Hall 
Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

Tel:       +44 (0)1908 659769      
Twitter: @OU_eSTEeM