ABOUT TOM

I am a lecturer in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. I am currently Programmes Director for the Digital Media and Interaction Design subject group. I am also programme leader of BSc Interactive Media Design and BSc Creative Computing.

My research interests centre around Digital Storytelling and Physical Computing and where these two subjects meet. I make working interactive products that help expose our relationship with technology. I am actively involved in the School of Computing Outreach program. Outreach works with schools through events like IT4U, Science Festival, MakerFaire engaging school children with physical and digital computing workshops.

Previously

I started as an apprentice for BT. BT educated me and I went to University where I gained a BSc Computer Science and Management Studies. During my final year at University, I started a publishing company. We founded 2 magazines; The Lock and Sleaze Nation. Sleaze Nation was considered to be very successful. I spent the late nineties starting various digital projects that had very short lives, DJing badly and generally being a stereotypical Shoreditch type. I was recruited by Urban Outfitters when they first started in Europe and worked there for some time. I started a family. I studied an MA in Digital Media at London Metropolitan University who then gave me teaching work. My first teaching job was showing women prisoners who had never seen the internet how to build web sites.