Rebecca Strachan is Professor of Digital Technology and Education and Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Strategic Planning and Engagement in the Faculty of Engineering and Environment at Northumbria University. She is a leading expert in the exploitation of digital technologies to improve daily life and believes we should be using technology in transformational ways to support student learning. A keen advocate of partnership working, she leads on the university’s digital degree apprenticeship programme, drawing on her experience of co-designing and delivering work based and distance learning programmes with employers and professional bodies. She has developed a keen interest in gender and STEM, is Deputy Chair of the University’s Athena Swan Self-Assessment team and supports equality of opportunities for all.
She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and member of the Council for Professors and Heads of Computing. Internationally she is a committee member of the IEEE Education Society and recently led the EU Tempus funded IMPRESS project aimed at improving student services across higher education in the Ukraine (www.impress-eu.com) working with partners across Europe including the Ukrainian Ministry for Science and Education and four of the leading classical universities in the Ukraine. She is currently working with a team in Nigeria to introduce digital games in the classroom and is the faculty executive lead for NUSTEM, a major widening participation programme to engage more young people, particularly females in STEM (www.nustem.uk).
She believes students should be active participants in their own learning and we should equip them for their future careers and lifelong learning by creating interactive and applied learning experiences, using technology in transformational ways and preparing them to be independent learners.