There are ten core members of RadioActive101 belonging to the International Centre for Public Pedagogy (ICPuP) at the University of East London.  The cross-faculty team is made up of research professionals in Education, Psychology and the Performing Arts

Professor Andrew Ravenscroft (UEL)

Andrew Ravenscroft is a Psychologist and Learning Technologist and is a Professor of Education in the CASS School at the University of East London (UEL). His research team is developing a new theme of Technology Enhanced Inclusive Education that currently has international and multi-partner projects where Andrew is the Principal Investigator. Andrew has a leading international profile in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) for Social Innovation, through publishing over 120 articles, being an active member of international and national committees and working groups and being a principal or co-investigator investigator on a broad portfolio of projects in TEL for Social Innovation over the past 20 years (funded by various national and international agencies).  Andrew is currently active in many interdisciplinary initiatives at the interface of creativity (especially linked to Creative and Digital Industries), critical discourse, technology and education.


Colin Rainey (UEL)


Colin Rainey is project coordinator in the Cass School of Education and in RadioActive. For the past ten years Colin has been coordinator across two research institutes working on several research projects funded by HEFCE, JISC, ESRC, European Commission and the Higher Education Academy, at London Metropolitan University.  Colin has worked on several Lifelong Learning Programme projects and was administration manager for the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for Reusable Learning Objects (£3M) for five years.  Colin has been instrumental in setting up tools and technological initiatives in order to better support research and collaboration.


James Dellow (UEL)

JamesJames Dellow  is a youth worker with 15 years experience in the field of social care & informal education, including mentoring excluded young people, youth work and learning disability services. With extensive experience of both the statutory and voluntary sectors, he currently manages youth services for two charities- Dragon Hall Community Centre and The Squad, joining UEL & the RadioActive Europe Team in March 2013 as a Researcher. Having completed his professional qualification in June 2012, James was awarded a Master’s Degree with distinction at UEL in 2014.  The research James carried out evaluates the RadioActive101 project in terms of its impact on organisational change, with a specific focus on Kaizen and Marginal Gains.


Casey Edmonds (UEL)

CaseyCasey Edmonds is a Research Fellow in the Cass School of Education currently studying for a PhD in Psychology.   Casey’s first degree was also in Psychology and her MSc is in Applied Psychology, both of which were completed at the University of East London. Casey has also worked on two projects for the European Commission which looked at the impact that Vocational Education and Training has on different societies and social groups. Casey also worked on ESRC and EPSRC funded research projects in ‘disaster education’ examining the ways in which people have been instructed to prepare for emergencies.


Gordon Kerr (UEL)

GordonGordon Kerr is a Senior lecturer at UEL teaching Sound Design and Audio Production. He has a large body of published works as a music composer and exhibits and receives commissions in the area of sound art. As a composer he has worked with many major record companies such as Virgin and Sony BMG as well as a host of independent labels as both an artist and music producer. His current works are experimental, interdisciplinary and often collaborative sound and image pieces. He has an ongoing interest in education, creating arts projects with disenfranchised young people through community action research projects.


Dr Sheila Preston (UEL)

Sheila Preston is Head of Performing Arts at the Centre of Applied Arts, Arts and Digital Industries (ADI), at UEL’s University Square, Stratford. She co-edits the book series: Applied Theatre and directs Newham Speech Bubbles in local primary schools.  Sheila is a practicing mediator and drama facilitator and has worked in a range of settings locally and internationally, including work with young people, with adults in mental health settings, and in development contexts. Her research interests centre around interrogating macro/micro relationships and the political implications for participatory practices of Applied Theatre, conflict mediation and development.


Dr Meredith Terlecki (UEL)

MeredithMeredith Terlecki completed her training and education in the USA. She obtained a BS in Behavioural Neuroscience at Lafayette College before joining the Neurochemical Brain Imaging Research Programme at Yale University School of Medicine. Following, she completed a funded PhD in Clinical Psychology at Louisiana State University, focusing on addictions treatment. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at the University of Maryland/Baltimore Veterans’ Affairs Hospital consortium.


Dr Ian Tucker (UEL)

ian-tucker-photoIan Tucker’s research focuses on the social psychological elements of social media, community mental health, emotion and surveillance. He has held grants from the EPSRC (Social Media and Austerity: Online Peer Support in Mental Health Communities) and The Mental Health Foundation (Transitions through the Lifespan: Older People’s Experiences of Community Mental Health).  He is Core Member of the EPSRC Communities and Culture Network+, and Expert Member of the EU Cost Action Living in Surveillance Societies.



Keeley Reed

KeeleyKeeley Reed is a youth worker with 7 years experience of face-to-face informal education involving marginalised and vulnerable young people. This experience has seen her develop work in a variety of specific areas, including young peoples’ participation, learning disabilities and youth empowerment. Keeley is currently completing her undergraduate degree in youth and community work and has researched youth participation in the RadioActive project at two sites in the UK, Dragon Hall and The Squad. Her findings have now been published.


Amanda Cooper (UEL)

Amanda CooperAmanda Cooper – University of East London, Researcher on RadioActive101 and part of the ‘Excellence’ Funded PhD studentship.  Amanda is studying a multidisciplinary PhD in Cass School of Education and Communities, The School of Psychology and The School of Arts and Digital Industries (ADI) at the University of East London. Her research is in the area of Youth, New Media and Psychology, specifically utilising a participatory radio drama intervention in order to aid psychotherapy methods in a disenfranchised, youth group who have been diagnosed with conduct disorder.


Tom Gerken (UEL)

Tom GerkenTom Gerken – University of East London, Researcher on RadioActive101 and part of the ‘Excellence’ Funded PhD studentship.  Tom is studying a multidisciplinary PhD in the Departments of Education, Psychology and Digital Media at the University of East London under the supervision of Prof. Andrew Ravenscroft, Dr. Meredith Terlecki and Gordon Kerr.  His research is in the area of Youth, New Media & Substance Misuse, specifically utilising a participatory radio intervention in order to reduce substance use and increase self-efficacy in a disenfranchised, at-risk group of 12-18-year-olds.



UK, Wales

Angela Rees (Pontydysgu)

Based in South Wales, Angela Rees is a researcher and trainer for Pontydysgu. Building on eight years experience at the chalk face as a science teacher/lecturer she now specialises in e-learning, particularly the use of on-line tools and new technologies for education.  Her other interests include inclusivity for learners with additional support needs and studying the use of technology amongst pre-schoolers.


Jen Hughes (Pontydysgu)

Jen Hughes is a researcher, writer and trainer working for Pontydysgu. She was formerly Assistant Director of Education and Director Post-16 Education in Gwent, Director of the Centre for Research and Education Development (CRED) in Wales, Head of the Regional Curriculum Base at Welsh Joint Education Committee and sometime teacher trainer, LEA advisor and, in a former life, interviewer and presenter on BBC Community Radio alongside teaching maths to reluctant 11-16 year olds.  Jen also runs training courses for teachers, teacher trainers and other professionals in the use of technology in the classroom, including workshops on using internet radio. Apart from teacher training, she also spends time working directly with learners in local schools.


Graham Attwell (Pontydysgu)

Graham is the Director of Pontydysgu, he is an Associate Fellow, Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick and a Gastwissenschaftler at the Insititut Technik und Bildung, University of Bremen.

His experience includes:

Technology-enhanced teaching and learning and web-based learning environment development: Specialised in research and development into pedagogies for Technology Enhanced Learning, Pontydysgu has organised a series of face to face and on-line workshops for teachers in producing Open Education resources. Consultant to OECD and UNESCO on open content development and consultant to the European Centre for Vocational Education and Training (CEDEFOP) on virtual communities and knowledge harvesting. Experience of national project evaluation and national and international programme evaluation in relation to innovations in learning, including use of ICT to support learning: Evaluation of the EU Leonardo da Vinci recognition of informal learning, training of teachers and trainers and development of open source software for education and Open Educational Resources. Recent work has focused on research and development of new applications and approaches to e-Portfolios and Personal Learning Environments and use of social software for learning and knowledge development. Experienced in the use of ICT for e-Learning, developing, delivering and moderating e-learning programmes for teachers and trainers in initial training and for professional development. programme on technology enhanced learning, evaluator for the DG Research IST programme, evaluator of the HEFC JISC e-Learning programme. Currently consultant for the JISC Emerge programme.

He also broadcasts the internet radio show Sounds of the Bazaar.



Dr Ingo Dahn (University Koblenz-Landau)

Dr. Ingo Dahn leads the Knowledge Media Institute of the University Koblenz-Landau. He graduated as a Mathematician in Humboldt-University Berlin where he also obtained his habilitation in Mathematical Logic. Working at the Mathematics department of Humboldt-University, the late 1990s saw Ingo Dahn dealing with automated and interactive theorem proving, in particular with the generation of natural language presentations of mathematical proofs discovered by computers. When he moved to the Artificial Intelligence group in Koblenz in 1998, he applied similar technologies to the personalization of mathematical teaching materials. Dr Dahn has been working in a series of projects on Technology Enhanced Learning, spanning a range from mobile learning to issues of the secure handling of personal data, with a particular emphasis on the specification of eLearning data formats, profiling of technical specifications and conformance testing.


Andreas Auwaerter (University Koblenz-Landau)

Andreas Auwaerter has worked with university students in the field of audio-production, video-production and screencasting since 2006. Beside his technical interest he realized the potential empowerment and energy which can be unfolded in the students learning biography by a) developing and structuring content, b) having a voice or c) transport the message in local, regional and (inter-) national discourse. Having worked in school he returned to university – focusing on the field of web-based  and TEL.  He holds a diploma-degree in Educational Science in particular Adult Education. Together with his students he edits the Podcast “Bildung im Dialog”, which is related to educational topics and has edited 120 episodes. It’s an entry point to webcasting as a second type of media and enriched work portfolio of the “Bildung im Dialog” portfolio.



Dr Magdalena Balica (Observatory for Lifelong Learning Development – ODIP)

Dr Magdalena Balica is a Senior Researcher, founding member of ODIP and Chief of the Evaluation Policy Department in the Institute of Education Sciences, as well as being a teacher in the area of pedagogy within the National School of Government. Magda has extensive experience in conducting research projects in the area of lifelong learning, adult education and program evaluation. She also coordinated a national project on promoting the lifelong learning concept in Romania, with a great number of beneficiaries as well as experience in project and program evaluation methodologies.


Dr Ciprian Fartusnic (Observatory for Lifelong Learning Development – ODIP)

Dr Ciprian Fartusnic is a Senior Researcher, founding member of ODIP and Vice Director of the Institute of Educational Sciences.  He is a teacher within the National School of Government (SNSPA, Bucharest) and has extensive experience in coordinating projects and investigations into causes of school drop-out. Ciprian also has relevant experience in project and program evaluation methodologies.



Maria José Brites (CIMJ, ULP)

Maria José Brites is Assistant professor at ULP – Lusophone University of Porto and postdoctoral researcher in Communication Sciences at CECS – Communication and Society Research Centre, Minho University, with a grant from the Foundation for Science and Technology/FCT (SFRH/BPD/92204/2013). She coordinated (in Portugal) the RadioActive project (531245-LLP-1-2012-1-UK-KA3-KA3). She is a member of two cost actions (Cost/FP1104 and Cost/IS1401) and two cross-national collaborative projects (Cross-media news repertoires as democratic resources and E-audiences – a comparative study of European media audiences). She concluded her PhD in Communication Sciences in the New University of Lisbon in 2013. Her research interests include issues as Youth, journalism and participation, Audience studies and News and civic literacy. She worked as journalist in several newspapers and magazines in Portugal (press card 3182).


Dr Ana Jorge (CIMJ-FCSH/UNL)

Ana Jorge is a Postdoctoral researcher in the New University of Lisbon, focusing on the topic of media education, namely on digital media and consumer culture. She holds a PhD in Communication Sciences from the same university, with a thesis on “Celebrity culture and young people: from consumption to participation”, and participated in research projects on young people and specifically on digital media (EU Kids Online; Digital Inclusion and Participation, with University of Austin at Texas). Ana has worked as a dissemination assistant on European Commission funded projects EU Kids Online (Safer Internet Programme) and SIMPLE (Artemis), and worked previously as a press and communication agent.


Daniel Catalão (ULP, RTP)

Daniel Catalão is  Journalist/Presenter at RTP (Portuguese TV Public Service Broadcast). He is also Professor of Journalism at University Lusófona of  Porto, and “Digital Media” PhD student at Faculty of Engineering University of Porto.



Dr Justin Fenech (Knowledge Innovation Centre)

Justin Fenech graduated from the University of Malta as a Doctor of Law (LLD). During his student years he was elected as President of the Kunsill Studenti Universitarji (KSU) and as Chairperson of the European Students Union (ESU). Dr Fenech has given keynote speeches at conferences organised by the European Commission, UNESCO, OECD amongst others. He authored two articles on quality assurance in ICT Enhanced Learning: “E-Learning: A means to what end?” – published by the European Commission; “ELearning: How can we achieve an effective and Qualitative Learning Experience?” – published by VU University Press, Amsterdam. He also oversaw the creation of European Register of Quality Assurance Agencies (EQAR) as a member of the E4 group and was commissioned by UNESCO to produce a research document on the use of the UNESCO/OECD Guidelines for Quality in Cross-border Higher Education. He has authored a series of articles on the Bologna Process for use on a national and European level. Dr Fenech also developed a quantitative methodology for stakeholder analysis and sustainability planning, based on best practice from the World Health Organisation and the World Trade Organisation. Dr Fenech is currently a qualified Notary Public, Managing Director of the Knowledge Innovation Centre and Deputy Mayor of the locality of Swieqi (Malta).


Anthony F. Camilleri (Knowledge Innovation Centre)

Anthony F. Camilleri is a director of the Knowledge Innovation Centre, specialised in Quality Assurance processes and knowledge transfer of research. Within Quality Assurance he has given training on techniques for peer-review to quality assurance agencies around Europe, and contributed to the UNIQUe and ECBCheck guidelines on quality assurance of e-learning. With respect to knowledge transfer, he has worked with several associations to better describe their research outcomes through their communication channels, included through improved and more targeted web presence, better social media handling and production of final publications, including most recently OERTest and EQUNET. He has also developed a methodology for improving impact measurement of dissemination and exploitation activities within EU projects. In addition, Anthony spent over 8 years working on student education policy, at every level of the student movement, both national and European, giving him significant experience in the policy area of Student Centred Learning.


Izidor Bjelopoljak  (Knowledge Innovation Centre)
Izidor is a project and communication associate at Knowledge Innovation Centre. He attended the Faculty of economics at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. For two years he was a project assistant at the Organised Crime Training Network for Southeastern Europe dealing with topics in general organised crime prevention, policy implementation and raising police ethics. From various previous employments he has experience in business, accounting and event organisation.