Ella Taylor-Smith

Ella TaylorSmith

Dr Ella Taylor-Smith

Senior Research Fellow

Biography

*Centre for Computing Education Research: work placement projects*
Graduate Apprenticeships, 2017, ongoing. Investigating Graduate Apprenticeships in the School of Computing, especially the perspectives and contexts of the apprentices.

Work Experience Joint Study, 2017. Joint study with University of Greenwich, exploring approaches to work experience, through student perceptions, focusing on the influence of economic, social and cultural capitals.

Graduate Outcomes, 2016, ongoing. Investigating the impacts and challenges of student placements, from the perspectives of computing graduates.

GEP Identity, 2016. Exploring the outcomes of graduate employability projects on undergraduate students, within a theoretical framework focused on identity theory.

* Centre for Computing Education Research: student transitions projects*

Associate Student Project, 2016, ongoing. The Associate Student Project (ASP) supports students who study for diplomas in Further Education colleges then complete their degree at university, entering directly into third year.

CfE Transitions Project, 2015 to 2016. Exploring the impact of secondary school curricula on the skills and experiences of School of Computing first year undergraduates.

*Centre for Social Informatics (CSI) projects*

Knitted Memes, 2017 (PI). Explored the emotional resonance of digital photos, shared via social media posts, in the context of local democracy.

Participation Space Studies, 2011 to 2016 (Doctoral research). A socio-technical exploration of activist and community groups’ use of online and offline spaces to support their work.

Research in Librarianship - Impact Evaluation Study, 2011. Investigated the influence of funded research on practice in UK library and information science (LIS). Funded by Library and Information Science Research Coalition.

*International Teledemocracy Centre (ITC) projects*
Hub Websites for Youth Participation (HUWY), 2009 to 2011 (PI of lead partner). Piloting tools and processes to support young people’s informed participation in policy-making around Internet governance. EU-funded project, with eight partner organisations across four countries, led by Edinburgh Napier.

Western Balkans Democratic Participation (WebDep), 2007 to 2009 (PI). Working with Western Balkan news agencies and journalists’ unions to create online news portals and community forums, to support democratic renewal. EU Framework project.

e-Participation Scotland Baseline, 2008 (PI). ESRC-funded event to find out about contemporary eParticipation work in Scotland.

e-Democracy Services for Highland Youth Voice, 2000 to 2007. Working with Highland Council’s youth parliament to develop and evaluate online tools to support their work, including e-voting systems, discussion forums, and a content management system.

e-Petitions projects, 2002 to 2009. Various projects to implement the ITC’s e-petitioner system and align its design and processes to the context of, for example: the Scottish Parliament, the German Parliament, English local councils.

e-Engaging young Scotland on radioactive waste management, 2004. Funded by the Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department (SEERAD) to pilot the use of online tools and games to support young people’s participation in discussions around radioactive waste management.

e-Consultation: What sort of Scotland do we want to live in? 2001 to 2002. Commissioned by the Environment Group of the Scottish Executive to gather informed input from citizens and groups, to put forward within Scotland's contribution to the Earth Summit in Johannesburg, 2002.

*Programme committees*

Social Media and Society (SMSociety) https://socialmediaandsociety.org/

EGOV-CeDEM-ePart (Merge of the IFIP WG 8.5 Electronic Government, the IFIP WG 8.5 IFIP Electronic Participation, and the Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government. http://www.egov-conference.org

News

Events

Esteem

Media Activity

  • The International Teledemocracy Centre hosts successful workshop to establish baseline for e-Participation in Scotland.
  • HUWY event: Young people’s experience and advice on Internet Policies
  • Ella Taylor-Smith's invited post on LSE blog

 

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A multi-institutional exploration of the social mobility potential of degree apprenticeships

Journal Article
Smith, S., Taylor-Smith, E., Fabian, K., Zarb, M., Paterson, J., Barr, M., & Berg, T. (2021)
A multi-institutional exploration of the social mobility potential of degree apprenticeships. Journal of Education and Work, 34(4), 488-503. https://doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2021.1946494
This mixed-method study at six universities asked degree apprentices about their trajectories into the apprenticeship, to better understand the social mobility potential of ap...

Earn as you learn: Widening participation through apprenticeships as debt-free degrees

Presentation / Conference
Meharg, D., Smith, S., Taylor-Smith, E., & Khristin, F. (2021, March)
Earn as you learn: Widening participation through apprenticeships as debt-free degrees. Presented at Advance HE Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2021, Online
Apprenticeship Degrees provide opportunities to study for a degree without incurring debt. Collaborations between employers and HEIs enable new or established employees to ear...

Associate Student Project: Facilitating computing students’ transition to higher education

Presentation / Conference
Taylor-Smith, E., Meharg, D., Fabian, K., & Varey, A. (2021, March)
Associate Student Project: Facilitating computing students’ transition to higher education. Presented at Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2021, Online
The Associate Student (ASP) project supports Computing students who study two years at a Further Education college (achieving an HND) then transfer directly into third year, s...

An exploration of degree apprentice perspectives: A Q methodology study

Journal Article
Fabian, K., Taylor-Smith, E., Smith, S., Meharg, D., & Varey, A. (in press)
An exploration of degree apprentice perspectives: A Q methodology study. Studies in Higher Education, https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2021.1897094
Degree apprenticeships have recently been introduced in the UK, representing a significant shift in approaches to degree-level study: from traditional models of higher educati...

Computing degree apprenticeships: An opportunity to address gender imbalance in the IT sector?

Conference Proceeding
Smith, S., Taylor-Smith, E., Fabian, K., Barr, M., Berg, T., Cutting, D., …Zarb, M. (2020)
Computing degree apprenticeships: An opportunity to address gender imbalance in the IT sector?. In 2020 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE). https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE44824.2020.9274144
This paper explores the potential for new work-based apprenticeship degrees to encourage more women into computing degrees and the IT sector. In the UK, women are currently un...

Degree apprenticeships - a win-win model? A comparison of policy aims with the expectations and experiences of apprentices

Journal Article
Smith, S., Caddell, M., Taylor-Smith, E., Smith, C., & Varey, A. (in press)
Degree apprenticeships - a win-win model? A comparison of policy aims with the expectations and experiences of apprentices. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, https://doi.org/10.1080/13636820.2020.1744690
This article compares policy aims with experiences following the introduction of a new model for STEM apprenticeships in the UK. Degree apprentices work while studying for a d...

Facilitating computing students' transition to higher education

Conference Proceeding
Fabian, K., Taylor-Smith, E., Meharg, D., & Varey, A. (2019)
Facilitating computing students' transition to higher education. In UKICER: Proceedings of the 1st UK & Ireland Computing Education Research Conference. https://doi.org/10.1145/3351287.3351298
Students who progress to higher education from further education colleges are faced with academic, social, and logistical challenges during their transition. In general, they ...

Identity and belonging for graduate apprenticeships in computing: the experience of first cohort degree apprentices in Scotland

Conference Proceeding
Taylor-Smith, E., Smith, S., & Smith, C. (2019)
Identity and belonging for graduate apprenticeships in computing: the experience of first cohort degree apprentices in Scotland. In Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference on Innovation & Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE’19), (2-8). https://doi.org/10.1145/3304221.3319753
In September 2017, our university’s first graduate apprentices began degrees in Software Development, Cybersecurity, and Information Technology Management for Business. This s...

Bridging the Digital Skills Gap: Are computing degree apprenticeships the answer?

Conference Proceeding
Taylor-Smith, E., Smith, S., Fabian, K., Berg, T., Meharg, D., & Varey, A. (2019)
Bridging the Digital Skills Gap: Are computing degree apprenticeships the answer?. In ITiCSE '19 Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education. , (126-132). https://doi.org/10.1145/3304221.3319744
This paper describes a study investigating whether apprenticeship computing degrees in Scotland are attracting additional entrants who will become IT professionals and fill a ...

Equality of opportunity for work experience? Computing students at two UK universities “play the game”

Journal Article
Smith, S., Taylor-Smith, E., Bacon, L., & Mackinnon, L. (2019)
Equality of opportunity for work experience? Computing students at two UK universities “play the game”. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 40(3), 324-339. https://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2018.1489219
A recent UK Government commissioned study found concerning levels of unemployment among computing students from disadvantaged, black and minority ethnic backgrounds. The study...

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