Dr Martina Doolan graduated from the University of Hertfordshire (UH) in 1996 having
studied a BTEC HND in Computer Studies 1993 and a BSc in Computer Science 1996. She
then joined the University as an academic member of staff and in 5 years progressed from
Visiting to Part-time Lecturer and Senior to Principal Lecturer in Computer Science.
Martina completed the UH Postgraduate Certificate 1998, Postgraduate Diploma 2003, is the
first at UH to achieve the award of MA in Teaching and Learning 2004 and one of the first
five recipients of the Vice Chancellor’s award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Martina was promoted to Principal Lecturer in 2003 and completed her Doctorate in
Education 2011 based upon innovative uses of social networking technologies in her
teaching practice, her thesis is entitled “Using Technology to Support Collaborative Learning
through Assessment Design” http://uhra.herts.ac.uk/handle/2299/6055.
Martina is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, a Senior Blended Learning Fellow,
holds an institutional Teaching Fellow and a United Kingdom National Teaching Fellow since
2007 in recognition for her expertise in Learning and Teaching across the UK and for her
work in innovations in technology and learning.
Martina is passionate about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in other words
enhancing learning and teaching in Higher Education. To this end her current pedagogic
research includes: embracing socially constructivist approaches to learning and teaching.
Martina researches the development and integration of blending technology and pedagogy
into effective student collaborative learning environments; understanding the student
experience and the effective use of educational technology in developing collaborative
learning environments, to inform pedagogy and the role of the tutor. This includes and is not
limited to: Web 2.0/Social media.
Martina co-leads the University’s Educational Research Network pedagogy group to further
develop cross-institution scholarly and research. Martina also leads a multidisciplinary
research/practice group working together with colleagues from across the University to
explore collaborative learning in different disciplinary contexts. Her current research as a
Computer Scientist is in the area of Human Computer Interaction and includes: designing for
usability and sociability, social interaction and technology mediated communication and
Martina leads and works on funded projects i.e. Martina was one of 12 academics chosen
from across the University of Hertfordshire to work on a £4.5 million five year project funded
by the Higher Education Funding Council in England (HEFCE) - An institution wide Centre
for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CETL) was established with a focus on Blended Learning, £200,000 two year Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) project. Martina’s
national and International presence has been gained through various steering groups,
committees and advisory boards, as a journal and book editor, a reviewer, conference
organiser and chair, running symposia and workshops. Martina has published widely:
conference papers, posters and other publications i.e. conference abstracts, journal articles
and book chapters. Martina is a prolific speaker at conferences and other events and has
presented many papers, keynotes and workshops nationally and internationally. Martina
regularly accepts invitations to visit other universities both nationally and internationally to
share, learn and collaborate.
In addition to her expertise in Pedagogy and as a Computer Scientist, Martina is the School
Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Chair and Athena SWAN Champion playing a key role in
influencing and shaping generations of women as learners, educators, workers, role models
and leaders in technology. She diligently contributes to bridging the gender gap and to the
advancement of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEMM)
subjects; demonstrated through her work with the UK’s Equality and Diversity Unit, the
Leadership Foundation, the British Computer Society (BCS) and the Association of
Computing Machinery (ACM) amongst services.