Andy Smith

Programme Leader - Project Management



Andy has authored numerous papers across a range of academic journals and is also a peer reviewer for several journals relating to technology and education. He has delivered keynote speeches and presented his work at academic conferences right across Europe and as far afield as Vancouver, Canada.

Andy has supervised over 100 BSc (Hons) dissertation students, several of whom have presented their work at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research and the World Congress of Undergraduate Research. At the International Undergraduate Awards 2016 one was judged the top business dissertation in the whole of Europe.

Expert In...

• ethics in project management
• communities of practice
• mood, emotion and cognition in education
• dissertation supervision

Courses I Teach

Qualifications and Accolades

• Master of Philosophy (Educational Research), Lancaster University, 2016
Master's Thesis: Can Mood Expand Minds Online? An Investigation into Online Positive Mood Induction for Cognitive Flexibility

• APM Certified Practitioner, Association for Project Management, 2013

• Master of Arts (Module), Sunderland University, 2010
Module - Advancing Pedagogy: Post Compulsory Education and Training

• Master of Science, Lancaster University, 2007
Multimedia Courseware Engineering (Advanced Learning Technology)
Master's Thesis: Cultivating the Ethical and Respectful Minds with Games and Simulations

• BSc (Hons) Information Technology, Blackpool and The Fylde College (Lancaster University), 2005
Project: The User-Centric Virtual Learning Environment

• Certificate of Education, Burnley College (University of Central Lancashire), 2005

Group Accolades
• The Queen’s Anniversary Prize Award for Higher and Further Education Excellence 2015
• Adult Learners’ Week 2013 - ‘Learning for Work’ National Award
• BAE Systems National Chairman’s Awards 2012 - Bronze and Silver
• Outstanding Employer Engagement TES FE Awards 2012 - Highly Commended
Individual Accolades
• NIACE Digital Practitioner of the Year 2013 - Finalist
• ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Award 2012 - Highly Commended
• JISC RSC Northwest Recognition of Innovation Award 2011
• LSIS-IfL Research Development Fellowship Award, 2010-2011 (£6500)
• LSIS-IfL Research Development Fellowship Award, 2009-2010 (£6500)
• Blackpool and The Fylde College Governors' Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15
• Lancaster University Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Departmental Fee Bursary Award 2007/8

Professional Bodies
• Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
• Member of the British Educational Research Association
• Member of the British Computer Society
• Associate Member of the Association for Learning Technology

Industry Background

For the past 17 years, I have juggled multiple roles (including software project manager of my own games company). I helped design and develop one the world’s first massively multiplayer persistent worlds. I have also won several awards for game design.

Professional Activities

External Examiner
• FDSc Media Production UCLAN, Burnley College, 2013-present
• FDSc Web Design, UCLAN, Burnley College, 2013-present
• FDSc New Media Design & Technology, UCLAN, Furness College, 2012-present

Peer Reviewer
• Computers and Education - International Journal
• Research in Learning Technology - International Journal
• Journal of Further and Higher Education - International Journal

Why B&FC?

Too many universities are lost in research and do not focus strongly enough on teaching and relating the students’ understanding to the workplace. This is something B&FC does very well.


“Industry wants the creative and critical thinkers of tomorrow and we supply that.”