Dean, School of Informatics

University of Bradford, UK



As a former Head of Department of Electronic Imaging, Head of School of Electronics and Digital Media, and then Dean of the School of Informatics, Professor Earnshaw was responsible for a range of activities in the areas of teaching, research, and knowledge transfer.  During the initial years as Dean, there was a considerable expansion in student numbers, faculty numbers, opportunities for research, and the development of links with industry nationally and internationally.  The University of Bradford provided excellent support for this expansion in terms resource for staffing, equipment, laboratories, and accommodation.  The Dean was assisted in the senior management team by an Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching), an Associate Dean (Research), a Director of Enterprise and Innovation, and the Heads of Department within the School.


The School designed and implemented a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the areas of digital media, computer animation, computer games, media, cybernetics, multimedia, virtual environments, internet, and web, some of which were in collaboration with the National Media Museum .  This included a variety of degree courses – BA(9), BSc(14), BEng(1), MA(8), and MSc(17).  Initially some of these were with the National Media Museum and a local School of Art and Design as partners but more recently aspects of these have been brought in house.  Many of the courses were interdisciplinary (apart from the accredited computer science courses) and brought together aspects of technology, art and design, and media and broadcasting.  Total undergraduate taught and postgraduate taught at the peak of the expansion was 1,400.  The School also provided opportunities for students from Germany and China to join the courses in years 2 and 3.  The School also expanded the number of PhD students to a peak of around 200, the majority of whom were international students.  Development of research in the School was in the principal areas of digital media, emergent computing, artificial intelligence, networks and telecommunications, performance engineering, visual computing, applied mathematics, culture and technology, media, community and cultural identity, as set out in the UK national research assessments RAE2001 and RAE2008 information on the web.  Submissions at RAE2008 were made to two Units of Assessment (Computer Science and Informatics, and Communication, Cultural and Media Studies).


The School has undergone some changes since 2007 and became part of the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics in 2013.