Mark O'Leary

Head of network access

My blog posts

Campus visitors come in from the cold

Someone not from your own family or village, but whose background largely overlaps with your own might be classed as utlänning ("foreigner"). A person from the... >>

A new vision for virtual meetings

With everything factored in - the loss of productivity while people travel to and fro, the travel costs, refreshments, incidental expenses and possibly... >>



Role

I'm responsible for Jisc's mobile solutions, with a portfolio that includes our flagship products eduroam and govroam.

On the development/technology monitoring side, my focus is WiFi 6, IoT and 5G.

Background

I was a molecular biologist that got hooked on computer networks while writing up my thesis in the lab.

I worked for universities for a while, taking advantage of staff discounts to study the history of science. Then I became an early adopter of wireless tech - gaining a reputation for innovation in that area - and ultimately gravitating to UKERNA, as it then was, to help shape wireless strategy for UK education.