Dr Bronwen J Swinnerton

Dr Bronwen J Swinnerton


I am an Associate Professor  in Digital Education. I am actively researching digital education in higher education and in workplace settings. I teach on the MA Digital Education and supervise several doctoral students.

I am Director of the University of Leeds Research Centre for Digital Education

I have had a LITE Fellowship in Learning Analytics. This was a 3-year part-time role, researching the implementation of Learning Analytics at the University of Leeds. I am continuing to research in this srea.

My previous roles have involved developing blended learning and online training and teaching materials, both in the private sector and at the University of Leeds. My background is in education research, having worked in the history of education, research in assessment and evaluation and in digital learning for many years.


  • Director, Research Centre for Digital Education
  • LITE Fellow in Learning Analytics
  • FutureLearn Fellow

Research interests

I am particularly interested in digital technology in higher education, including the impact on teaching and learning, unbundling, and the acquisition of digital skills. I use blended learning approaches in my teaching and I was an educator on the FutureLearn Blended Learning Essentials suite of MOOCs.  I am currently researching in the area of learning analytics and how such data might be used to learn more about teaching and learning, but also the challenges associated with learning analytics.

I recently worked on the ESRC-funded research project 'The Unbundled University: Researching emerging models in an unequal landscape' on which I was a co-Investigator. 

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Professional memberships

  • Association of Learning Technologists (ALT)

Student education

I teach on a range of modules related to digital education. I am Module Leader for Digital Education in Practice and Researching Digital Education. I also supervise several MA dissertations

Current postgraduate researchers

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