The Black Country in the 1870s


Lawrie Phipps was born in a place that was “red by night and black by day”: a childhood amongst relics, the slag, the waste and the debris of an industrial wasteland, many of which have now been “saved” in a “Living Museum”.
A veteran who has crossed both polar circles, he did an Environmental Science degree late in late in life, but instead of saving the planet accidentally became an academic developer.
He has worked across technology, education, research and leadership for over 30 years.
He is an enthusiast and a sceptic, he likes to play with ideas across technology and how it impacts on practice.
He is harsh but fair, and probably smiling on the inside.
What he’s thinking about can be seen here

Alternative Biography

Lawrie Phipps’ current portfolio contains work in student experience, technology enhanced learning, digital leadership and change management. He leads Jisc’s work on Digital Leadership, running the successful Jisc Leaders Programme. His previous work include social media in education, institutional efficiency, and accessibility for disabled students. Lawrie is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and is a Senior Codesign Manager working in the Jisc research and development directorate. Prior to his current role, Lawrie worked as a learning technologist, a telecommunications engineer and served in the Royal Navy.

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