Posts by Thomas Lancaster

I work as a Lecturer in Computing at Birmingham City University, where I'm responsible for several courses including BSc Computer Science. I also teach a variety of modules for students and deliver regular workshops for professionals. My main research interests are based around the field of Computing Education, with particular interests in social media use, assessment, student plagiarism, contract cheating, employability and student work placements. Feel free to contract me relating to media and speaking opportunities based around those fields. To find out more about me, please visit

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Helping Computing Students To Gain A Valuable Sandwich Year Placement

Much of the academic research undertaken in the School of Computing, Telecommunications and Networks is practitioner based; that is, it is designed to improve the student learning experience and the quality of the education that we can provide. The Innovations in Computing Education (ICE) group leads the way in this field, covering areas are varied […]

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Computing Careers Rank In Top 10 Jobs For 2013

New research, released by, has revealed very promising news for graduates of the Computing disciplines taught at Birmingham City University. Three of the top 10 best jobs relate closely to courses delivered at BCU at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

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Exploring The Benefits Of Massive Open Online Courses Within Higher Education

As part of my continued professional development, I recently attended the Higher Education Academy (HEA) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Conference for 2013. One of the hot topics for discussion was the growth of Massive Open Online Courses, known popularly as MOOCs.