John Sumpter

Subject specialist: digital practice (leadership)

My blog posts

Understanding the Challenges

John reflects on the upcoming Digital Leaders Programme and the development of a session that looks at how digital leaders can approach challenges... >>

Inspiring learning blog


Part of a UK wide team of subject specialists, I currently lead the digital leaders programme that helps empower leaders to respond more effectively to technology-driven change.

In addition, I support further, higher and skill sector education members to develop institutional and staff capabilities, working in partnership with senior leadership to influence change and deliver solutions.


I have fifteen years experience leading significant change and development in digital pedagogy across organisations in the UK and internationally.

I have worked internationally at:

My teaching practice and scholarship is underpinned by a postgraduate certificate in higher education (PGCHE) and a masters in online and distance education (MA ODE (Open). I have also been recognised for my impact and leadership of teaching and learning by the HEA with a senior fellowship (SFHEA).

I regularly speak at international and national conferences on my specialist subject areas. These include digital leadership, institutional change, online curriculum development.


VLE review report 2020
Co-authored this report analysing the VLE reviews we completed with our members. 
Read my related blog post, 'VLE success is not about tech, it’s about practice and people'.

Media coverage

People not technology: the role of leadership in digital transformation
Education Technology, February 2020

Impartir clases en línea require una planificación que no ocurre de un día para otro
El Mercurio, Chile, January 2020

UA Reloaded 19 Inspires User Assistance Community with New Interaction Paradigms
SAP News, May 2019

What’s Special About UA Reloaded?
The iiBlog, February 2019