Professor Siân Bayne

Personal Chair of Digital Education


I am Professor of Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, Director of Education at the Edinburgh Futures Institute and Assistant Principal for Digital Education.

I’m director of the Centre for Research in Digital Education, and I teach on the MSc in Digital Education at Edinburgh.


  • MA (Hons) English Literature
  • PhD 'Learning Cultures in Cyberspace'

Responsibilities & affiliations

Director, Centre for Research in Digital Education

Director of Education, Edinburgh Futures Institute

Assistant Principal Digital Education

Postgraduate teaching

MSc in Digital Education

Doctoral supervision

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I am interested in taking PhD students who are interested in critical approaches to digital education.

Current PhD students supervised

  • Christopher Hambley: Spatial theory and the Media Hub
  • Clara O'Shea: Kinds of learning and kinds of play: an exploration of identity development in formal and informal learning
  • James Lamb: Learning spaces
  • Noreen Dunnet: Engagement and play
  • Stuart Allan: Enactments of learning design

Past PhD students supervised

  • Jeremy Knox: Critical posthumanist perspectives on the Open Educational Resource movement
  • Michela Clari: In the hands of the user: changing patterns of participation and learning through the digital collections of the Royal Commmission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland
  • Jen Ross:  Online reflective practices and performances in Higher Education
  • Lulu Mahai: Rural students experiences at the Open University of Tanzania
  • Phil Sheail: Time-shifting in the digital university: temporality and online distance education
  • Pete Evans: The precarious realities of professional learning

Research summary

My research is focused on digital education, education futures, interdisciplinarity, critical approaches to data and automation and digital pedagogy.

Affiliated research centres

Project activity

For current and recent research projects, please see the Centre for Research in Digital Education website.

Centre for Research in Digital Education website