Lawrie Phipps

Senior research lead


As the senior research lead, I work with a range of colleagues across Jisc to understand new and emerging technologies and the behaviours and practices associated with them. I work closely with institutions to gather research and information that helps Jisc develop technologies, guidance, products, and services.

Currently I am researching digital student and staff experiences, digital transformation and strategy, and digital leadership. I also work directly with institutions to support their transformation projects and programmes.

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I have a background in environmental sciences and learning technology, working on various projects and programmes supporting and enhancing learning and teaching in higher education.

I moved to Jisc in 2001, setting up and running the Jisc TechDis service, advising staff on supporting disabled students through the application of technology, before moving to the Jisc executive in 2006 to look at issues around emerging technology and web 2.0.

I am a professor of digital education and leadership at the Keele Institute for Innovation and Teaching Excellence, a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an associate fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association.

Media coverage

Lacklustre virtual learning environments ‘need 21st-century boost’
Times Higher Education, July 2015