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Professor Ormond Simpson

Ormond Simpson is currently Visiting Professor at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, having previously worked at the UK Open University in student support, and in Africa and the US. He is particularly interested in issues of student support and retention and has recently run workshops on these topics in China, Korea, The Gambia and Papua New Guinea. He has published a number of articles and two books, ‘Supporting Students in Online, Open and Distance Learning’ and ‘Student Retention in Online Open and Distance Learning’
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Dr Martin Oliver


Martin is a Reader in the Faculty of Culture and Pedagogy at the Institute of Education.
His research interests include the impact of new technology on roles and practices within Higher Education (including how this changes what students learn and do), evaluating ICT use and the development of theory and methodologies in the field of e-learning.
He edited ALT-J: research in learning technology from 2001-2008, is currently an editor for Learning, Media and Technology and serves on the editorial boards of Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning and Innovations in Education & Teaching International. Martin has also guest edited special issues of Educational Technology and Society (twice), Quality Assurance in Education and Reflecting Education.
Martin recently took up a secondment to the Higher Education Academy, where he is involved in the development of their Research Observatory, covering work on e-Learning.




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Kyriaki Anagnostopoulou .
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Deeba Parmar

Kyriaki Anagnostopoulou is the Head of e-Learning based in the Centre for Learning and Quality Enhancement, Middlesex University. As such her work aims to inform institutional policy and practice. She is responsible for co-ordinating the provision of support for e-learning activities across the institution and initiatives aimed at promoting the pedagogically sound uptake of learning technologies. Her current interests include researching the learning experience and links between leadership and learning in educational organisations.


Deeba Parmar is a Senior Research Fellow within the Centre for Learning and Quality Enhancement at Middlesex University, London, England. Her role involves undertaking institutional research in the areas of the student learning experience, student non-completion and progression. Learning from research, she implements activities and strategies to enhance the student experience and aid student retention, progression and achievement. Her research interests include the first year experience, widening participation and the research –teaching nexus.