Neil Morris – Principal Investigator

Professor Neil Morris is Chair of Educational Technology, Innovation and Change in the School of Education and the Director of Digital Learning at the University of Leeds, reporting directly to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Student Education. He is a National Teaching Fellow, and has won a number of national awards for teaching excellence. Neil has a research background in neuroscience and current research interests in educational technology, online learning and blended learning.

Laura Czerniewicz – Principal Investigator

Associate Professor Laura Czerniewicz became the first Director of the newly formed Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) in August 2014. Appointed as the first director of the Centre for Education Technology (CET) in 2005, Laura was behind UCT’s first educational technology policy and at the forefront of bringing technology more firmly into the classroom in a traditional university. In 2010, she was seconded to run OpenUCT, spearheading the open scholarship agenda, (including the UCT Open Access policy and repository) and then mainstreaming the work into the university library.

Carlo Perrotta – Co-Investigator

Dr Carlo Perrotta is University Academic Fellow in digital learning. Before joining the University of Leeds he was a Research Associate at the Institute of Education in London and a researcher at Futurelab, a non-for-profit research organisation that explored the potential of digital technology in formal education. Carlo is interested in educational technology and his background is in social psychology, sociology and cultural theory.

Alan Cliff – Co-Investigator

Dr Alan Cliff is an Associate Professor and co-ordinator of the Staff Development cluster at CILT. He teaches courses in educational psychology, educational assessment and adult education to mostly postgraduate education students and convenes courses in educational assessment and evaluation for students at certificate, diploma and master’s levels.

Bronwen Swinnerton – Co-Investigator

Dr Bronwen Swinnerton is a research fellow in digital learning in the School of Education at the University of Leeds. Her previous roles have involved developing blended learning and online training and teaching materials, both in the private sector and at the University of Leeds. Her background is in education research, having worked in the history of education, research in assessment and evaluation and in digital learning for many years.

Sukaina Walji – Project Consultant

Sukaina Walji is a Project Consultant at the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the University of Cape Town. She is the Project Manager for the CILT MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) Implementation Team and the Research Communications Advisor for the Research in Open Educational Resources for Development in the Global South (ROER4D) programme.

Mariya Ivancheva – Project Researcher

Dr Mariya Ivancheva is a Bulgarian anthropologist and sociologist. Her doctoral dissertation (Central European University, 2013) explored the role of Venezuelan socialist intellectuals in the establishment of the Bolivarian University of Venezuela: an alternative model of mass university set in a socialist state in the Global South and working against the grain of neoliberal higher education reforms.

Rebecca Swartz
– Project Researcher

Dr Rebecca Swartz is a Postdoctoral Researcher on the Unbundling Higher Education Project, based at the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at the University of Cape Town. Previous research has focused on comparative histories of education in the nineteenth century British Empire. Her background is in history, with a specific focus on histories of education. Previously, Rebecca was a postdoc in the department of Historical Studies at UCT, where she taught and researched South African histories. Rebecca is interested in the potential of online learning to address educational inequalities in Southern Africa.


Taryn Coop – Project Researcher

Taryn Coop is a Research Assistant in International Higher Education and Digital Learning in the School of Education at the University of Leeds. She graduated as a high school mathematics teacher from the University of Witwatersrand in 2011 after which she taught at a rural school in Mpumalanga, South Africa. In 2015, she received a scholarship from the Swedish Institute to study at Stockholm University and graduated with an MSc in International and Comparative Education in June 2017. Taryn is interested in the link between education and democratic participation, the operationalisation of complexity theory and the use of visualisation and mapping techniques to represent issues in education.