Keynotes and Speakers for ITx Rutherford
Director, SIGNAL ICT Graduate School
Stuart landed on these shores over a decade ago, from the UK, along with wife, Lizzie and settled in Lincoln, just outside Christchurch, in the intervening years they have produced three kiwi kids (aged 6 & under).
A PhD in Computer Science from Durham University saw Stuart, take up an academic role at Lincoln University where he is Senior Lecturer in Software and Information Technology, most recently Stuart became Director of the SIGNAL ICT Graduate School, a collaboration of the five big South Island tertiary institutions.
Outside of work and family, Stuart is a volunteer Scout leader, this exposure to both formal and informal education and seeing the power of learner-centered education coupled with a desire to push the boundaries of academic teaching practice was a significant driver for the design and delivery of SIGNAL ICT Graduate School.
The age-old dilemma for tertiary education and industry especially in the tech space is balancing teaching concepts and theory, technical skills and industry-current technologies. This often leads to questions about the work-readiness of graduates.
To address these issues, SIGNAL ICT Graduate School has developed an alternative approach to delivering tertiary education incorporating team-based studio projects with projects drawn from industry, industry projects where students are embedded with a host organisation coupled with workshops and seminars delivered by industry professionals.
The other side of the coin is how we build capability of people already in the industry, without taking time out to study, this is where work-based learning, tailored to the needs of the industry professional and their employer can make a huge difference, ensuring value is delivered to both learner and employer.
We discuss the impact of using these alternate models of education on students and businesses.