Prof Sir Tim O'Shea
Vice-chancellor and principal University of Edinburgh and chair Jisc
Educated at Royal Liberty School Essex and the Universities of Sussex and Leeds, Prof Sir Tim O’Shea was first introduced to computer science by one of his Maths teachers, Bill Broderick, who secured a new Elliot 903 computer for his pupils’ use. O’Shea says, “I became fascinated by machine learning and started writing computer programs that found their way through mazes”. He is the current vice-chancellor and principal of the University of Edinburgh, and the chair of Jisc, a non-departmental public body which supports the use of information and communications technology in education and research. O’Shea has a clear passion for education technology research; he worked as a researcher in the Computer Science Department of the University of Texas, the Bionics Research Lab at the University of Edinburgh and the Systems Concepts Lab, Xerox PARC, California. In 1978 he founded the Computers and Learning Research Group at the Open University and in 1986 was promoted to a personal chair in Information Technology and Education. O’Shea was knighted in the 2008 honours list.