Visiting Speaker: Steven Bradley on Curriculum, Enrolment and Inclusion

Published: 2 May 2024

Professor Steven Bradley from Durham University describes work from an ITiCSE 2023 Working Group and some follow-on studies

TITLE: Curriculum, Enrolment and Inclusion
SPEAKER: Professor Steven Bradley
At ITiCSE 2023, working group 6 (WG6) explored women's elective choices by analysing elective curriculum documents from nine institutions and seeing how they related to enrolment numbers by women and men. Comparing the popularity of elective modules allowed us to identify how much topic areas affect enrolment, as opposed to non-topic factors such as the lecturer, timetable etc. I will summarise the approach and results we got and talk about work currently in progress on exploring the topics covered by a wide range of UK HE institutions. Because of the number of courses involved, human expert classification of topic areas is infeasible, so we are planning to use topic modelling to identify patterns of provision, and to relate them to what we know learnt from WG6 women's elective choices.

After studying Maths and then Computer Science, Steven joined Durham University in 1997 as a lecturer in Computer Science. From 2004-2013 he was a part-time teaching fellow, spending the rest of his time on web consultancy, mainly on research projects across the university. From 2013 he was a full-time teaching fellow in the department of Computer Science and has been an Professor (Education) since 2020.

Steven likes playing musical instruments and singing, and holds many music qualifications including Grade 1 Violin (with merit). He is qualified in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting as well as Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm. In sailing he holds the RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification and acts as personal sailing advisor to Guy Gordon, the Highland Vet, having previously held the rank of patrol leader of the Penguins in the 19th Tynemouth 9th Tyne Sea Scouts.

First published: 2 May 2024