Dr Philippa Sheail

Lecturer in Digital Education


Phil Sheail is a Lecturer in Digital Education, and teaches on the MSc in Digital Education. Her research interests are interdisciplinary, based in the area of digital and higher education, but drawing on organisational theory, cultural geography, and social theories of time.  Current interests include digital cultural heritage and the experience of digital volunteers.

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PhD in Education - University of Edinburgh

Thesis title: 'Time-shifting in the digital university: temporality and online distance education'

MSc in E-Learning (with distinction) - University of Edinburgh

Diploma in Computing - Open University 

MA (Hons) English and Scottish Literature - University of Edinburgh

Responsibilities & affiliations

I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). 

Postgraduate teaching

MSc in Digital Education:

  • Information Literacies in Digital Education (course organiser)
  • Research Methods (qualitative)
  • Critical Issues in Digital Education
  • Dissertation supervision

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I am interested in supervising topics relating to media and information literacies, public pedagogy, digital cultural heritage, time and temporality.  I am mainly interested in higher education or informal education settings, all in a digital context.

Research summary

 In recent years, Phil has been developing research with academic libraries and the wider GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) sector. Her most recent research project in this area was 'Data Bodies in the Library' developed in partnership with the University of Edinburgh Library and the National Library of Scotland, with a particular interest in organising practices and the relationship between library technologies and physical space. She has recently undertaken ethnographic work on crowdsourcing, digital volunteers, and public pedagogy.  Her teaching focuses on media and information literacies in digital education, and she is interested in contributing to (and supervising) research projects in this area.

Current research interests

Media and Information Literacies; Public Pedagogies; Digital Cultural Heritage; Digital Libraries; Digital/Smart Campus; Time and Temporality.

Affiliated research centres

Project activity

  • 'One's a crowd: the role of the digital volunteer in cultural heritage crowdsourcing'
  • 'Data bodies in the library: interdisciplinary methods for understanding the future library as both ‘data lab’ and cultural institution' https://www.de.ed.ac.uk/project/data-bodies-library
  • 'Library of Our Time': Research project with the University Library on student use of library facilites, services and resources http://www.de.ed.ac.uk/project/library-our-time
  • SRHE Prize for Newer Researchers 2014: 'Global gatherings and digital divides: internationalisation and the digital in higher education'

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