About

Professor Tom Crick MBE

I’m Professor of Digital Education & Policy at Swansea University, having previously spent a number of years at the University of Bath and Cardiff Metropolitan University. Whilst my disciplinary background is in computer science and informatics, my research interests (see publications) are naturally interdisciplinary and sit at the research/public policy interface: STEM education, digital pedagogies, curriculum reform, data science, intelligent systems, cyber security, software sustainability, digital transformations, public service innovation and skills/infrastructure for the digital economy. In the past, I was the Nesta Data Science Fellow (2013-2015), developing approaches to embedding data science capability into government for more effective data-driven policymaking. I have previously been a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow (2015), an HEA National Teaching Fellow (2014), a Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute (2014) and a Science Media Fellow (2011) with BBC Wales. In June 2017, I was appointed MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for “services to computer science and the promotion of computer science education”.

In September 2013, I co-chaired the Welsh Government’s review of the ICT curriculum and was an inaugural member of the Welsh Government’s National Digital Learning Council (2012-2016) and the UK Digital Skills Taskforce (2013-2014). In 2016, I chaired the development of a new Digital Competence Framework for all schools in Wales. In 2017, I was invited to chair the development of the Science & Technology area of learning and experience in the new Curriculum for Wales 2022. In May 2018, I was invited to join the expert panel for the Welsh Government’s Review of Digital Innovation and the Future of Work in Wales, which published its report in September 2019. In November 2018, I was appointed an inaugural Commissioner of the National Infrastructure Commission for Wales, to provide independent advice to the Welsh Government on economic and environmental infrastructure investment strategy over a 5-30 year period.

I also have a number of other affiliations: I’m Vice-President of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT (2017-2020) and Vice-Chair of the ACM Europe Council. I’m a non-executive director of Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, the sixth-largest regulated water and sewerage company in England and Wales; I’m also an independent member (non-executive director) of Swansea Bay University Health Board, which covers a population of approximately 400,000 people across Swansea and Neath Port Talbot. I’ve previously been a two-term Trustee of the British Science Association (2011-2017) and two-term Trustee/Director of the Campaign for Science & Engineering (2011-2017).