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Dr Allan Jones

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Professional biography

Allan became a Lecturer in January 2001, and a Senior Lecturer in 2017, after working for many years as an editor in the Faculty of Technology. His academic interests are mainly in electronics, telecommunications, communications theory, musicology, and the history of science and technology. 

Allan is a graduate of the Open University and Liverpool University, and holds a PhD from University College London. Outside academic life, his interests are walking, cycling, music, history, philosophy, and French. He is a timpanist for The Open University Orchestra.

An email link is given on the right, below the photograph, at 'allan.jones'. If the link doesn't work for you, typing allan.jones followed by in your email client should do the trick.

Research interests

Allan Jones's research centres on the history and social context of science and technology. He has published several papers relating to the BBC's early coverage of science and technology, in particular looking at recurring patterns of institutional conflict associated with science broadcasting. He has also published on educational technology, telecommunications regulation and musicology.

Details of academic publications are listed under the 'Publications' tab above. Some of Allan's non-academic publications are listed on the right, under 'Web links', at the Academia link.


Teaching interests

Allan has contributed teaching material to T312 Electronics: Signal Processing, Control and Communications, TM355 Communications Technology (which he chaired), TM111 Computing and Information Technology 1, TA212/TA225 The Technology of Music, T175 Networked Living, A870 MA in Music, T325 Technologies for Digital media, T324 Keeping Ahead in ICT, and T293 Communicating Technology. He is also a member of the team that created to online course Discovering Computer Networks: Hands on in the Open Networking Lab.

Impact and engagement

Allan is a member of the Outreach and Engagement Committee of the British Society for the History of Science.

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Society and Information Research Group (SIRG)GroupFaculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology


The Rises and Falls of Adult Education on the BBC L’Éducation des adultes à la BBC : entre avancée et recul (2021)
Jones, Allan
Revue Française de Civilisation Britannique, XXVI, Article 11(1)

Analytics for Tracking Student Engagement (2020-12-02)
Gardner, Christine; Jones, Allan and Jefferis, Helen
Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2020, Article 22(1)

Findings from a survey of pitch drift (2020-05)
Seaton, Richard; Jones, Allan; Pim, Dennis and Sharp, David
Choral Directions Research Journal, 1, Article 6(1) (pp. 58-70)

Science in the Making: 1930s Citizen Science on the BBC (2020)
Jones, Allan
History of Education, 49(3) (pp. 327-343)

The Orchestrated Guitar (2019-06)
Jones, Allan
Soundboard, 45(2) (pp. 32-37)

Exceptionalism and the broadcasting of science (2017-07-20)
Jones, Allan
Journal of Science Communication, 16, Article A05(3)

[Book review] Digital technology and the contemporary university: degrees of digitization (2016-09-09)
Jones, Allan
Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-learning, 31(3) (pp. 288-290)

J.G. Crowther’s War: Institutional strife at the BBC and British Council (2016-06)
Jones, Allan
British Journal for the History of Science, 49(2) (pp. 259-278)

[Book review] Russia in the Microphone Age: A History of Soviet Radio, 1919-1970 by Stephen Lovell (2016-03-10)
Jones, Allan
Reviews in History, Article 1907

Brains, Tortoises, and Octopuses: Postwar Interpretations of Mechanical Intelligence on the BBC (2016)
Jones, Allan
Information and Culture: A Journal of History, 51(1) (pp. 81-101)

Social technologies for online learning: theoretical and contextual issues (2016)
Kear, Karen; Jones, Allan; Holden, Georgina and Curcher, Mark
Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 31(1) (pp. 42-53)

[Book review] Broadcasting Empire: The BBC and the British World, 1922-1970, by Simon J. Potter (2015-07)
Jones, Allan
Technology and Culture, 56(3) (pp. 770-772)

Elite science and the BBC: a 1950s contest of ownership (2014-12)
Jones, Allan
British Journal for the History of Science, 47(4) (pp. 701-723)

From denationalisation to wholesale broadband access: a retrospective of regulatory policies in the UK for the communications industry (2014)
Deshpande, Advait and Jones, Allan
Competition and Regulation in Network Industries, 15(3) (pp. 232-257)

Clogging the machinery: the BBC's experiment in science coordination, 1949–1953 (2013-10)
Jones, Allan
Media History, 19(4) (pp. 436-449)

Mary Adams and the producer’s role in early BBC science broadcasts (2012-10-14)
Jones, Allan
Public Understanding of Science, 21(8) (pp. 968-983)

Digital technologies: help or hindrance for the humanities? (2012-02)
Barker, Elton; Bissell, Christopher; Hardwick, Lorna; Jones, Allan; Ridge, Mia and Wolffe, John
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 11(1-2) (pp. 185-200)

The social construction of educational technology through the use of authentic software tools (2011)
Jones, Allan and Bissell, Christopher
Research in Learning Technology, 19(3) (pp. 285-297)

Five 1951 BBC Broadcasts on Automatic Calculating Machines (2004-06)
Jones, Allan
IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 26(2) (pp. 3-15)

Science, the BBC and the two cultures (2016)
Jones, Allan
In: Medhurst, Jamie; Nicholas, Sian and O’Malley, Tom eds. Broadcasting in the UK and US in the 1950s: historical perspectives (pp. 101-120)
ISBN : 1443888990 | Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing | Published : Newcastle upon Tyne

An Open Networking Lab for practical open education (2019)
Kear, Karen; Smith, Andrew; Donelan, Helen; Mikroyannidis, Alexander; Jones, Allan; Rosewell, Jonathan; Wermelinger, Michel; Connolly, Teresa; Sanders, Chris; Peasgood, Alice; Williams, Judith; Moss, Nicky and Third, Allan
In : OER19: Recentering Open (10-11 Apr 2019, National University of Ireland, Galway)

Apparent asymmetry in discriminating between two closely spaced pitches (2019)
Seaton, Richard; Sharp, David; Jones, Allan and Pim, Dennis
In : Proceedings of the Institute of Acoustics Annual Conference (Acoustics 2019) (13-14 May 2019, Milton Keynes) (pp. 302-309)

Analytics for tracking student engagement (2019)
Gardner, Christine; Jefferis, Helen and Jones, Allan
In : OOFHEC2019: the Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference (16-18 Oct 2019, Madrid) (pp. 15-24)

The Open Networking Lab: Hands-on Vocational Learning in Computer Networking (2018-10)
Mikroyannidis, Alexander; Kear, Karen; Smith, Andrew; Jones, Allan; Rosewell, Jonathan; Donelan, Helen; Wermelinger, Michel; Sanders, Chris; Third, Allan and Connolly, Teresa
In : IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE) (3-6 Oct 2018, San Jose, California, USA)

Open Networking Lab: online practical learning of computer networking (2018-10)
Rosewell, Jonathan; Kear, Karen; Jones, Allan; Smith, Andrew; Donelan, Helen; Mikroyannidis, Alexander; Peasgood, Alice; Sanders, Chris; Third, Allan; Wermelinger, Michel; Moss, Nicky; Williams, Judith and Connolly, Teresa
In : The Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference: Blended and online Learning: Changing the Educational Landscape (10-12 Oct 2018, Aarhus University, Denmark)

The Open Networking Lab: an open online course for experiential learning of computer networking (2018)
Kear, Karen; Smith, Andrew; Mikroyannidis, Alex; Jones, Allan; Rosewell, Jon; Donelan, Helen; Wermelinger, Michel; Sanders, Chris; Third, Allan and Connolly, Teresa
In : Association for Learning Technology (ALT) annual conference 2018 (11-13 Sep 2018, Manchester)

Experiments with Choirs – Practice and Pitfalls (2016-09-06)
Seaton, Richard; Sharp, D.; Jones, A. and Pim, D. N.
In : Acoustics 2016 (5-6 Sep 2016, Chesford Grange, Kenilworth, Warwickshire) (pp. 362-373)

‘Science In The Making’: a 1931/32 BBC experiment in citizen science (2014-09-06)
Jones, Allan
In : Sixth International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science (4-6 Sep 2014, Lisbon, Portugal)

Henri Sauguet's unpublished guitar music (2014-03)
Jones, Allan
In : Launch of the International Guitar Research Centre (29-30 Mar 2014, University of Surrey)

The Changing World: The BBC’s educational response to the economic crisis of 1931 (2013-09-06)
Jones, Allan
In : History of the Media in Transition Periods (4-6 Sep 2013, Catholic University of Portugal/Lisbon)

Open resources for case studies and assignments (2012-09-28)
Jones, Allan; Bissell, Christopher and Chapman, David
In : EADTU (European Association of Distance Teaching Universities) 25th Annual Conference 2012 ‘The role of open and flexible education in European higher education systems for 2020: new models, new markets, new media’ (27-28 Sep 2012, Paphos, Cyprus)

Joe Trenaman’s investigation of BBC listeners’ understanding of science (2012-07-12)
Jones, Allan
In : Seventh British-North American Joint Meeting of the BSHS, CSHPS, and HSS (11-14 Jul 2012, Philadelphia, PA, USA)

Social networking for online learning (2011-10-27)
Kear, Karen and Jones, Allan
In : Alta 2011 (Advanced learning Technologies and Applications, 2011) (27 Oct 2011, Kaunas, Lithuania)

Science, the 1930s and the BBC: competition and collaboration (2010-07-07)
Jones, Allan
In : Broadcasting in the 1930s: New Media in a Time of Crisis (part of “On, Archives!” conference) (6-9 Jul 2010, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)

BBC science: a question of control (2008-11-26)
Jones, Allan
In : Second Conference of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) (25-28 Nov 2008, Barcelona, Spain)

Proprietary software tools as learning aids (2007-06-27)
Jones, Allan
In : AACE Ed-Media 2007 (25-29 Jun s 2007, Vancouver, Canada)

Cyril Scott, Segovia and the Sonatina for Guitar (2004)
Jones, Allan
In : Symposium of the International Musicological Society (SIMS 2004) (11-16 Jul 2004, Melbourne, Australia)

Pioneers on the air: BBC radio broadcasts on computers and A.I., 1946-56 (2002-11)
Jones, Allan
In : 6th International Colloquium of ACONIT (Association pour un Conservatoire de l'Informatique et de la Telematique (25-27 Nov 2002, Grenoble, France)