Mr Tom McEwan

Senior Lecturer

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Tom McEwan joined Edinburgh Napier University in 1998.  His research interests are the use of computing in education (including use, and enhancement, of competency models), knowledge exchange and public communication (winning UK awards for collaboration with industry and as editor of Interfaces magazine), and human-centred commercialisation of university research (he recently co-ordinated several spin-out programmes). He sits on BCS Academy Board, having previously been chair of BCS Interaction SG 2009-11, deputy chair of Entrepreneurs SG (2011-12) and was the Scottish member of the BCS Government Relations Group, developing BCS’s position statement on Citizen Engagement including digital access and inclusion, based on BS 8878. He sits on several journal and conference committees, represents the UK on SIGCHI International Public Policy Committee and the European Society for Socially Embedded Computing ( His first professional career was as a singer songwriter, and contains over two hundred of his songs and details of more than a thousand past performances.

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    Interaction Design is concerned with the design of interactive objects and spaces and with the delivery of high quality user experiences (UX). For example, expressive interaction describes the range of new forms of human-computer interaction that are made available through technologies based on...
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Merchiston Campus
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    PhD Project Involvement

    Serkan Ayan (PhD 2010-)
    Understanding user experience in blended spaces.
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    Recent Publications

    Rimbaud, Y., McEwan, T., Lawson, A., Cairncross, S. (2014). Adaptive Learning in Computing for non-native speakers. In: (Ed.) 2014 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference Proceedings, , () ( ed.). (pp. ). : . .

    Lazar, J., Barbosa, S., Gulliksen, J., McEwan, T., Normand, L., Palanque, P., Prates, R., Tsai, J., Winckler, M., Wulf, V. (2013). Workshop on engaging the human-computer interaction community with public policymaking internationally. In: (Ed.) In CHI '13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '13), , () ( ed.). (pp. 3279-3282). Paris, France: . ACM New York, NY, USA.

    McEwan, T. (2013). Commercial Competency and computing students: using the Skills Framework for the Information Age in higher education. In: (Ed.) Proceedings of the 43rd annual Frontiers in Education Conference, , () ( ed.). (pp. Pp286-292). Piscataway, NJ, USA: . IEEE.

    McEwan, T., McConnell, A. (2013). Young People’s Perceptions of Computing Careers. In: (Ed.) Proceedings of the 43rd annual Frontiers in Education Conference, , () ( ed.). (pp. 1597-1603). Piscataway, NJ, USA: . IEEE.

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    Supervised dissertations

    Hamoudi, J. (2013). Cloud Computing - effective process for Scottish law firms (MSc Business Information Technology Dissertation). Edinburgh Napier University (Cruickshank, P., McEwan, T.).