Interweaving Conference 2015

Keynote speakers


Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea
Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh

Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea BSc (Sussex), PhD (Leeds), DUniv (Heriot-Watt), DUniv (Strathclyde), LL.D hc (McGill), D.hc (St. Petersburg HSS), FAcSS, FRSE, was appointed Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh in October 2002. He was educated in Essex and holds a BSc in Mathematics and Experimental Psychology from Sussex University and a PhD in Computer Based Learning from Leeds University. Tim worked as a researcher in the Computer Science Department of the University of Texas at Austin, the Bionics Research Lab at the University of Edinburgh and the Systems Concepts Lab, Xerox PARC, California.

He was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Open University in 1993. In 1997 he was elected Master of Birkbeck and subsequently appointed Provost of Gresham College and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of London. He held all three posts concurrently until he returned to Edinburgh as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University in October 2002.

His academic output, produced mainly in collaboration with others and on topics relating to computer based learning, artificial intelligence, and mathematics education, includes 10 books, 22 BBC television programmes and over 100 journal articles. He is currently researching Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and during study leave at Stanford University in early 2012 initiated a partnership with Coursera, a social entrepreneurship company that operates a MOOC platform.


Dr Rowena Arshad OBE
Head of Moray House School of Education / Director of CERES

Rowena Arshad is currently the Head of Moray House School of Education. She is also a co-Director of the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES). She was Equal Opportunities Commissioner for Scotland from 2001- 2008. Her current research focus is on the everyday geopolitics of minority ethnic young people as well as internationalisation of the higher education curriculum.

Everyday Geo-politics of Minority Ethnic Young People in Scotland: Emerging findings


Professor Sheila Riddell
Professor of Inclusion and Diversity / Director of CREID

Sheila Riddell is Director of the Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity at the University of Edinburgh. She was previously Director of the Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research at the University of Glasgow.

Her research focuses on social justice in the fields of education, employment and social care. Further details are available at

Widening Access to Higher Education in Scotland: Does anyone know what works?


Professor Lani Florian
Bell Chair of Education

Lani Florian is Bell Chair of Education and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS). Her research interests include models of provision for meeting the needs of all learners, and inclusive pedagogy. She is editor of the Sage Handbook of Special Education, now in its second edition, and co-author of Achievement and Inclusion in Schools, winner of the 2008 NASEN/TES academic book award.

Responding to the competing demands of achievement and inclusion in schools