Head of Digital Learning
Susan is Head of Digital Skills and Learning at Learning and Work Institute. She has extensive experience in the development and delivery of online training and assessment, digital capability and blended learning programmes. Susan joined NIACE (now Learning and Work Institute) in 2003 and leads the organisation’s work on digital learning, digital inclusion and the innovative use of technology for learning.
Since 2003, Susan has developed and managed programmes for LSIS, BIS, the ESFA, HMPPS, MoJ and DfE, developing an online portal for Adult and Community Learning and for Offender Learning and, as a member of the Virtual Campus board, helped to shape the Virtual Campus for UK prisons.
Previously, Susan worked in the school, FE, youth, higher and adult education sectors for more than 20 years, followed by 13 years’ experience in both Scottish and English national organisations. During this time, she developed Scotland’s national strategy for use of learning technologies, a virtual school for excluded and vulnerable young people to re- engage in education; a national programme for digital inclusion of disadvantaged families and provided quality assurance for the national Community Access to Lifelong Learning (CALL) initiative.
Recent projects include digital inclusion programmes for older people for Age UK, and evaluation of European Open Source learning resources. Susan also leads L&W activities on offender learning and family learning and represents the needs of low-skilled adults in the use of emerging technologies in an ESRC-funded programme led by the universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Nottingham