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Dr Sue Timmis



Sue Timmis is a Reader in Education and Co-Director of the Centre for Knowledge, Culture and Society. She is the Bristol representative on Worldwide Universities Network, Global and Higher Education Research group (GHEAR). Her work is mainly focused on the changing contexts of higher education and in particular students’ lived experiences and identities, in relation to teaching and learning, social justice, widening participation and the possibilities and contradictions surrounding digital cultures and practices in higher education.  Sue has also developed very successful models of co-produced research working alongside students as co-researchers in communities of inquiry. This is reflected in her current and recent projects – SARiHE and DD-lab.

She was Centre Director for Centre for Learning, Knowing and Interactive Technologies from 2008 - 2014 and a contributor to STELLAR, the EU Network of Excellence in Technology Enhanced Learning where she was a member of the Scientific Capacity Committee.   Sue was Director of the Ph.D. programme from 2013 -2016 and prior to that led the M.Sc. in Educational Research programme. Sue currently teaches on the undergraduate Education Studies degree, Masters’ and Ed.D. programmes  and supervises Ph.D. and Ed.D. students in Bristol and Hong Kong.

Sue joined the School of Education in June 2008.  Prior to this, she worked at the University of Bristol for 11 years, in the Institute for Learning and Research Technology where she was a Research Fellow.  Research projects included Victorious, an EU-funded project on higher education students’ mobility in a digital world, the SOLE project, a major study of HE and FE students' online learning experiences across six discipline areas, and eChina - a unique collaborative programme funded by the Chinese Ministry of Education and HEFCE.

Sue held a previous research post at the University of Bath and before that was a freelance interactive designer and educational consultant for several years as well as a spell setting up and working in a worker's co-operative - Context Computing Ltd based in Bristol.  In her first life she taught in secondary schools in London and Derbyshire and was Head of Modern Languages at a comprehensive school in the London Borough of Newham.