Dr Pete Evans

Senior Lecturer


I have been working at the University of Edinburgh since 2008 and am currently a Senior Teaching Fellow. This is my first academic post and previously I worked in the cultural and creative industries in various roles that saw me increasingly involved in learning and development. This included programmes using creative learning activities to re-engage excluded school children back into education, adult and community learning as well as professional development and enterprise support services. 


BA (Hons), Politics, University of Liverpool

MBA, University of Strathclyde

PhD, University of Edinburgh


Responsibilities & affiliations

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Centre for Research in Digital Education, University of Edinburgh

Digital Education Research Cluster

Postgraduate teaching

I am currently teaching and supervising dissertations on:

MSc in Digital Education

MSc in Social Justice and Community Action

MSc in Education

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

  • digital education
  • knowledge work and the 'knowledge workforce'
  • workplace learning
  • professional identity and learning
  • interdisciplinary research methods

Affiliated research centres

Project activity

European Students Sustainability Auditing: This three-year project aims to create a more flexible approach to student learning, assessment and certification across Europe’s higher education sector, in a way that will enhance graduate employability. The aim is to improve levels of student satisfaction by allowing them to engage with real world issues in a sphere that is of considerable significance to many of them -  social responsibility. My role is to lead the assessment components of the service learning programme for students focused on experiential education and reflective learning using an e-portfolio system. The project is funded through ERASMUS+ and is led by the UK National Union of Students as a partnerhip of universities and student associations in Scotland, Lithuania and Portugal.

Timeline: September 2016 - August 2019

Project Reference: 2016-1-UK01-KA203-024648


Lang2Tech: Principal Investigator/ project manager. Funded through the European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme, Lang2Tech developed an ePortfolio based approach to the assessment and certification of occupation-focused second-language competence for skilled technicians. The University of Edinburgh was lead partner for the project with partners from Italy, Spain, Lithuania and Germany.

Total funding: €365,510.00

Timeline: October 2011 - September 2013

Project Reference: UK/11/LLP-LdV/TOI-466


Propound: Principal Investigator in this eight partner project led by Fundacion General Universidad de Granada Empressa, Spain. The project investigated approaches to developing a competence-based model supporting the employability of postgraduate students in Europe.

Timeline: October 2011 - September 2013

Project Reference: 518051-LLP-1-2011-ES-ERASMUS-EMCR  

I have also recently undertaken training and consultancy work on knowledge management in professional service firms in the USA in 2012. In 2010-11 I was involved in the co-development and delivery of training and development support in developing a competence-based human resource function for a utilities company based in the Middle East.