Outline public history - Simon Grant

This is a general-purpose chronology of main public events. Alternatively please see my professional CV.

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1956–1968 Born in Cumberland, England. Home in Cumberland, schools in Cumberland and Westmorland, England. Winchester College crest
1969–1974 Secondary schooling at Winchester College, England.
1974 4 months specially arranged post at Ordnance Survey, Southampton, England.
1974–1978 Brasenose College, University of Oxford BA, Physics and Philosophy 1977 Class 2; Postgraduate Certificate in Education, 1978. Oxford University sheild
1978 One term tutoring physics and maths, D'Overbroeck's, Oxford.
1979 Two terms teaching physics and maths at John Mason Comprehensive, Abingdon.
1979–1981 Teaching Physics, Chemistry, etc. Wychwood School, Oxford.
1981–1982 Tutoring in physics and maths, Oxford. First child born. Volunteer with Education Otherwise
1982–1986 Self-employed tutor, hypnotherapist; house and home making; in Gwynedd, Wales. A rich and curious phase of my life. Second and third children born.
1987 with what was the CSM Faculty, Bristol Polytechnic, England (now the University of the West of England) Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology, passed with distinction. UWE logo
1987–1990 University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. Department of Computer Science. (now CIS). PhD, "Modelling Cognitive Aspects of Complex Control Tasks", with the Scottish HCI Centre supervised by Terry Mayes, passed January 1991. University of Strathclyde logo
1990 University of Strathclyde. Six weeks as a research assistant working for Mike Kibby on the SAFE project (DELTA project P7061); wrote report "SLIM 3: Human-Computer Interaction for Learners".
1991 Three months (March - May) travelling: in New Zealand (a month) Fiji (a week); Tahiti (a week); USA and Canada (six weeks using Amtrak).
1991 Loughborough University. Worked for Jim Alty on a project constructing an interface for BT Research Labs, using NeWS and Postscript. Loughborough University logo
1991–1994 City University, Department of Business Computing - a part of the what was the School of Informatics. Lecturer in Business Computing, specialist teaching area human-computer interaction. Member of the research group Centre for HCI Design. See also separate page. City University logo
1994–1996 European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Systems Engineering and Informatics, then the Institute for Systems, Informatics and Safety (which became part of the IPSC) Ispra (VA), Italy. Post-doctoral grant-holder. Focal work area: developing cognitive architecture for constructing cognitive models of complex task behaviour, including error. See also separate page. ISIS logo graphic
1996–1999 University of Liverpool, Department of Computer Science, Connect, which was the "Internet Centre for Merseyside Businesses" and at that time part of the University. Lecturer: taught and developed courses for business and unemployed, including e-commerce. Researched in e-commerce and related areas. Helped manage LUSID project. University of Liverpool crest
1999– Information systems consultant, specialising in e-portfolios for personal and professional development, skill and competence systems, interoperability, usability.
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2000 Fourth child born.
2002–2008 Work with the Centre for Recording Achievement and Cetis broadly centred around creating interoperability standards for ICT systems that support Personal Development Planning in the UK - similar to some of the work on e-portfolios elsewhere.
2005 Remarried; lived in Bristol for a year.
2006 Relocated to New Mills, Derbyshire. Fifth child born.
2008–2015 Senior Researcher and Learning Technology Advisor (part time) at the Institute for Educational Cybernetics, University of Bolton. Continued to take main responsibility for the areas of e-portfolios; and skills/competence technology.
2009 Author Electronic Portfolios: Personal information, personal development and personal values. Part 3 gives a useful introduction to the ideas behind much of my more recent work.
2011–2013 European expert team leader, InLOC. The InLOC project produced an information model, and suggested bindings, for the representation and communication of the core information contained in frameworks (or other structures) of skills, competences, etc.
2013 Relocated to Lancaster Cohousing.
2014–2015 Director, Green Elephant Co-operative Limited. Volunteer with B4RN
2015– Partner, Cetis LLP (a co-operative limited liability partnership). Cetis LLP

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