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Dr Neil Smith

Senior Lecturer in Computing

Research interests

My main research interests are in pedagogy of STEM education, including ways of engaging people in non-traditional contexts, such as children in Code Clubs and under-represented groups looking to move into computing.

Teaching interests

I teach in the areas of data science and machine learning. I currently lead a team developing a new module on machine learning for the OU's data science degree.

Impact and engagement

I work with several groups outside the university, including Code Club and GirlsCodeMK. Both these groups work to engage people with computing outside traditional higher-education contexts.


artificial intelligence, machine learning, pedagogy


Smith, Neil, Sutcliffe, Clare and Sandvik, Linda ,(2014). Code Club: bringing programming to UK primary schools through Scratch. In: 45th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE 14), 5-8 Mar 2014, Atlanta, GA, ACM, pp. 517–522.


Artificial Intelligence and Data AnalysisLearning and Multimedia Technologies


Accessibility, Inclusion, Ethics and Social Justice and Diversity

Learning and Education

Professional Practice


Natural Language Processing (NLP)Technology and Education Research Group (TERG)

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