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Laureation for Professor Dana Scott

I had the honour (and the great personal pleasure) of inviting the Vice-Chancellor to bestow an honorary degree upon Dana Scott, the inventor of some of the most influential ideas in computer science.

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Graduation address: “Every success is everybody’s success”

I was honoured to be asked to give the graduation address at this year’s St Andrews Day ceremony. The speech is below.

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The closed cycle of MOOCs

Are the international rankings indirectly fuelling the rise of MOOCs? And is there a positive feedback cycle at work?

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How to write an abstract

An abstract is an advertisement, not an introduction.

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Being a student with open courseware

The move towards massively open on-line courseware (MOOCs) has the potential fundamentally to change the practice and experience of university. But what does it feel like to study on a MOOC-delivered course?

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Inaugural lecture

I will be giving my inaugural lecture on the topic of “The computer is the new microscope.”

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Why do people go to university?

Changes to admissions systems in the UK and Ireland simply tinker with the existing approach. They don’t address the more fundamental changes in the relationship between university education, economic and social life.

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On not funding the arts and humanities

If we don’t adequately fund the arts, where will all the digital content come from?

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Metrics and the Research Evaluation Framework

Is the success of the UK and US in global university research rankings any more than a consequence of the choice of particular metrics? And does this explain the design of the funding and evaluation methodologies?

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The changing student computing experience

I’m jealous of my students in many ways, for the things they’ll get to build and experience. But they should be jealous of me, too.

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