About Les Watson

For more information visit http://www.leswatson.com

I am a freelance educational consultant who has worked in education for 40 years as a teacher, lecturer and researcher in computers in education and as a senior manager. Since 2006 I have worked with Universities, Colleges and Schools advising on innovative learning space development, undertaking IT and Library reviews and providing keynote speeches to conferences and staff development events.

Before taking up consultancy I was Pro Vice-Chancellor at Glasgow Caledonian University. At Caledonian I led the development of the Learning Café, REAL@Caledonian (in 2001) that received international recognition as an innovative learning space and in 2006 completed the award winning Saltire Centre. You can find information on the Saltire Centre on the bdp placebook site here

In 2007/08 I worked as interim Director of Information Services at Royal Holloway University of London on and led the development of a new learning space in the Bedford Library called tlc@bedford and in  2011 I worked for York St. John University on the refurbishment of the Fountains Learning Centre.

I have also worked as an expert consultant to the Joint Information Systems Committee e-learning programme on Technology Enhanced Learning Environments.

In 2007 I was an invited keynote speaker at a series of seminars on Places and Spaces for Learning in Australia and also gave an address to the Universities Australia Vice Chancellors conference in 2010. Until recently I was a visiting Professor of Learning Environment Development at the University of Lincoln.

I was lead consultant for the JISC Infonet project on Developing Technology Rich Spaces for Learning, and also co-author of a report for the JISC on The Design and Management of Open Plan Technology Rich Learning and Teaching Spaces in Further and Higher Education in the UK.

I have produced synopsis papers on aspects of Higher Education for the European Parliament, contributed to a number of books on the use of IT in education and was the author of Multimedia in Schools – The Transition from Primary to Secondary Schools for the Scientific and Technological Options Assessment Office of the European Parliament.

I am a fellow of the RSA, have been a member of the  executive committee of the Universities and Colleges Information Services Association (UCISA), a former chair of the annual UCISA management conference committee, a former member of the JISC Board and am currently also a registered consultant with theHigher Education Academy.

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