Timothy O'Shea (far right), signing an agreement between Peking University and Edinburgh University in 2012.
|Principal of the|
University of Edinburgh
|Chancellor||Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh|
HRH Princess Anne
|Preceded by||The Lord Sutherland of Houndwood|
|Succeeded by||Peter Mathieson|
|Born||28 March 1949|
O'Shea grew up in London, attended the Royal Liberty School, in Romford, Essex. A computer scientist, he was Master of Birkbeck College from 1998 to 2002 and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of London from 2001.
A graduate of the Universities of Sussex and Leeds, he has worked in the United States and for the Open University where he founded the Computer Assisted Learning Research Group and worked on a range of educational technology research and development projects, later becoming Pro-Vice-Chancellor there. He was a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, Department of Artificial Intelligence, from 1974-78.
The most translated of his ten books is Learning and Teaching with Computers, co-authored with John Self and his most recent 2007 book, In Order to Learn, published by Oxford University Press, was co-edited with Frank Ritter, Josef Nerb and Erno Lehtinen.
O'Shea became Principal of the University of Edinburgh in October 2002. Since his appointment he has sat on various boards including the Boards of Scottish Enterprise, the Intermediary Technology Institute Scotland Ltd, the British Council, the Governing Body of the Roslin Institute and has been Convenor of the Research and Commercialisation Committee of Universities Scotland and Acting Convener of Universities Scotland.
In 2004 he was elected Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh.
O'Shea received an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 2008
Boards and Committees
Since January 2008, O’Shea has been Chair of Jisc (formerly the Joint Information Systems Committee). He is also Chair of the Scottish Institute for Enterprise, the Board of Directors of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the Board of Newbattle Abbey College Trust. He sits on the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, and is currently a member of the German Initiative for Excellence, or 'Excellenzinitiative'.
He has served two terms both as a Trustee of the British Council and as a member of the main Board of Scottish Enterprise. Between 2009 and 2012 he was the Convener of Universities Scotland. He was also served as Deputy President of the French Government’s Initiatives d’ Excellence en Formations Innovantes
Academic Board and Advisory Positions
University of the People (Member of President's Council)
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The Lord Sutherland of Houndwood
| Principal of the University of Edinburgh