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Associate Professor in Education, Northumbria University, Newcastle

Sean McCusker joined Northumbria University as Associate Professor in Education in 2015.

He has a Ph.D in Civil Engineering but has spent many years in educational research and development. He has worked on large scale Assessment projects, including the World Class Arena and World Class Tests and the KS3 ICT Tests. He has been applying creative ideas to adapt practices and techniques from a range of environments for use in education. He has led projects in Storytelling and ICT-enabled distance learning. He has been and continues to be involved in a number of European Projects, taking part in and leading the UK partnership in projects on; Girls and STEM, Girls and Technology, LEGO® Serious Play® and Seniors and Technology.

His research interests are centred on Understanding and Communication within broad educational contexts. This covers many strands including; developing methods for representing large and complex data sets, understanding how data is interpreted and used, Assessment and Assessment for Learning and LEGO® Serious Play®


  • 2015–present
    Dr, Northumbria University
  • 2001–2015
    Dr, Durham University