Professor Tom Crick MBE

I’m currently Professor of Computer Science & Public Policy (and Deputy Director of Innovation) at Cardiff Metropolitan University, having previously spent a number of years at the University of Bath. 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 — identifying data-driven and computationally-intensive problems across a range of domains: data science, intelligent systems, software sustainability, computational reproducibility, digital transformations, public service innovation and skills/infrastructure for the digital economy. In the past, I was the Nesta Data Science Fellow, developing approaches to embedding data science capability into government for more effective data-driven policymaking. I have previously been a Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute and a Science Media Fellow with BBC Wales. In 2014, I was made an HEA National Teaching Fellow for my work in computer science education. 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”.

I have been Chair in Wales of Computing At School since 2010; CAS has been a key driving force behind computer science education reform across the UK. In September 2013, I co-chaired the Welsh Government’s review of the ICT curriculum and was a member of Welsh Government’s National Digital Learning Council and the UK Digital Skills Taskforce. In 2016, I chaired the development of a new Digital Competence Framework for all schools in Wales. In March 2017, I was announced as the chair of the National Network for Excellence in Science & Technology, a £4m investment by the Welsh Government.

I am also Vice-President of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, an elected member of the ACM Europe Council, as well as a Trustee of the British Science Association and the Campaign for Science & Engineering.