Prof. Dr. Timothy O’Shea is Prof. Dr. Timothy O’Shea is President of the Senatus Academicus and ex-officio, a member of the University Court. As Vice-Chancellor he confers degrees on behalf of the Chancellor HRH The Princess Royal. 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 programs and over 100 journal articles.
Prof. O’Shea graduated at the University of Sussex and University of Leeds, and holds an honorary degree from Heriot-Watt University, University of Strathclyde and McGill University. In his early career Prof. O’Shea was a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. In 1978 Dr. Timothy O’Shea founded the Computers and Learning Research Group at the Open University and was promoted to a personal chair in Information Technology and Education in 1986. He was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Open University in 1993. In 1997 Prof. O’Shea was elected Master of Birkbeck and subsequently appointed Provost of Gresham College and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of London. Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea became Principal of the University of Edinburgh in 2002. Dr. O’Shea also serves in several boards and committees such as Chair of the Scottish Institute for Enterprise; Chair of the Board of Directors of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; convener of the Scottish Government’s Further and Higher Education Sector Oversight Board for Information and Communications Technology
Awards and achievements
Professor O’Shea has been awarded numerous prizes; for instance CAPIRE Prize for “Experiments and Technology for Educational Innovation: with special reference to the creative utilization of computers in science education” -International Committee for Promotion of Advanced Educational Research, Madrid 1992 Scottish Leadership Foundation Public Sector Leader Award 2006 Council for Advancement and Support of Education Europe Leadership Award 2009. Professor O’Shea was also the receiver of a knighthood in the Queen’s 2008 New Year Honors in recognition of his services to higher education.