Dr Stephen Thomas Sommerville

Dr Stephen Thomas Sommerville B.A. (Hons), M.Phil., Ph.D., Diploma (Labour Studies)


Tel: +44 (0) 1371 851003
E-mail: s.sommerville@tsd.uwtsd.ac.uk

Stephen Thomas Sommerville

Lecturer in Information Management pathway of MBA programmes; contributor to eMBA programme for information management modules; originator or DBA modules in Management Theory.

My specialist research interests concern information management, e-Commerce and e-Business strategies, infographics and data visualisation, qualitative and quantitative research methods, social and legal issues in computing, and the integration of IS/ICT systems into business processes.

In the late 1990’s I was responsible for creating the Open and Distance Learning Unit at Queen Mary, University of London, with a staff of academic and administrative staff in excess of 100, offering modular, professional and vocational programmes to part-time, mature learners from Hong Kong, the Middle East, China and Europe.

I became Director of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) at Queen Mary in 1998, where, using my contacts in business and in industry (through several CPD Diploma and Masters programmes), I directed part-time education and vocational education programmes for more than 500 UK professionals, studying online, at a distance from work and from home, alongside in excess of 1,000 overseas learners.

 Since retiring from Queen Mary in 2005 I have contributed to curriculum design and teaching at City University Business School, London, Birkbeck College, University of London and University of Wales, Trinity Saint David (London Campus).

Open College Network; WEA (Panel Moderator); External Examiner (Ph.D.), Imperial College.

The following is a short list of courses I have developed (in a variety of roles) and refined within the past five years:

  • “Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods” – an MBA level-7 course on qualitative and quantitative methods in social and management sciences.
  •  “Strategic Management for IT” / “Management of Technology” – a one term course at Level-3 / M for BSc-IT and MBA  Term 1 students addressing strategic management issues for core IS and IT roles corporate and institutional contexts.
  • “Information Management” – a Level-3 / M course providing up-to-date case studies, applied theories integrating BPR with information systems requirements for business.
  • “E-Business Strategy” – a Level-M course on strategic modelling of e-Business planning and activities in practical business contexts.
  • “Approaches to Software Development” – a Level-M course for professional development of IT technical / systems administrators, IT managers engaged in management of larger scale software development projects.
  • “Visions for the Future: Theories of Management” – a Level-7 course on management theory.

My specialist interests concern Management of IT, Strategic Management, Systems Analysis, systems design methods, social and legal issues in computing and expert / knowledge-based systems and the application of project management techniques to IS and IT strategic management.

Alongside this research, I have maintained my abiding interest in design and development of learning materials for adult learners -- creating the Open and Distance Learning Unit at Queen Mary, with a staff of academic and administrative staff in excess of 80, offering UG and PG degree level opportunities, part-time, to mature learners.

This culminated, in 1996, in my becoming Director of an autonomous Open and Distance Learning Unit (ODL) Unit at Queen Mary where, using my contacts in business and in industry (through work as a moderator for the TUC and several CPD Diploma and Masters programmes), I directed degree programmes for more than 500 UK professionals, alongside in excess of 800 overseas students, studying online, at a distance from work and from home.  

I retired from Queen Mary in February 2006 in order to concentrate upon research and development of learning materials for adult learners in the fields of information management, social and professional issues in computing and IT strategic management for commercial and industrial professionals.

My professional expertise ranges from the direction and management of learning programmes for professionals in the IT sector, through to consultancy and creation of open and distance learning education  programmes for collaborative tertiary level qualifications for international students. I retain a professional interest in development of online short courses and in the management and administration of online learning.

Director of Open and Distance Learning: Queen Mary, University of London, 1998 – 2005: I undertook international negotiations of major contracts for e-Learning and distance learning with British Telecom, the CWU (UK), subsequently with the Council for Vocational Education (Hong Kong), Beijing University and BCNU in China, Shiraz University  in Iran – for the implementation of open and distance learning education and training programmes in collaboration with the University of London.

Earlier, I had been the principal investigator for projects involving the development of professional development planning online for a range of telecommunications staff in the UK.

Consultation on development of computer-based Continuing Professional Education of Dentists Software for the NCCPED (NHS), (1999 - 2001) (w. Dr. J. Zakrzewska, School of Oral medicine, QMW).

Panel Moderator for LOCF (National Open College Networks) accreditation of Levels 1 -3  pre-degree courses in Computing, Communications and Information Technology (1996 - ).

I.T. Strategy Advisor to TUC and CWU for development of tutor training and IT systems provision for trade union education courses. (1993 - ).  Moderator for Computing and Business Programme, E.L.L. Faculty, City University, London.

Advisor to British Council (Middle East) on Distance Learning Programmes for HEIs in Iran (2004 – 2006)

The following is an extract from a complete publications list of most relevance to this application:

S. Sommerville, ‘Integrating Work-Based learning into PDP, JISC: ‘Joining the Electronic Dots’  MLEs for Lifelong Learning Workshop, Sheffield Hallam University,  (May, 2005).

S. Sommerville, ‘The Economics of e-Learning’, British Council:  Learning and ICT Workshop, Shiraz University, I.R. Iran, (March, 2003).

S. Sommerville, ‘Writerly Reading’: a discussion of LML Requirements for lifelong learning, Capability, HEC Journal (London, Institute of Education, 1999).

S. Sommerville, D. Ward, K. Hoare, “Accreditation of Distance Learning Pathways for workplace learners”, Proceedings of Panel Session B, On-Line Educa: 4th International Conference on Technology Supported Learning, Berlin, 1998

S. Sommerville, “Delivering Dearing”: Technical Workshop Report on Open and Distance Education, Institute of Education, October, 1998.

S. Sommerville , Nor Aliah Zahri, The Role of a Discourse Manager in a NL Interface, 8th Asian Conference on Language, Information & Computation/2nd Pacific Asia Conference on Formal & Computational Linguistics, Kyoto, 1995.

S. Sommerville, Nor Aliah Zahri, Natural Language Interfaces  to Database Systems, ICIT/ITX ‘94: Towards an Information Rich Society, Kuala Lumpur, 1995.

Sommerville S, Dvorak R., A Theoretical Framework for Converting Linear Textbooks into information units for Hyperdocuments, HyperText ‘94, Missouri, 1994.

Sommerville S., Dvorak R., Link Typologies, Hypertext: Computers and Writing, Nashville, 1995.

Sommerville S., Pittas, M., Investigating Hypertext Document Structures using Cognitive Dimensions, IVth International Conference on Information Retrieval, Schaerding, Austria, 1994.

Sommerville S., Pittas, M., Global and Local Navigation in Hypertext, ACM SIGCHI, Florida, 1995.

Earlier Publications: (Summary)

Sommerville S,  Use of Intensional Logic and Discourse Analysis in AI, Alvey SE Bulletin (HI 059), 1989.

Sommerville S,  A Taxonomic Bibliography of Formal Design Methods and Specification Languages, Alvey Project HI 059, March 1989.

Sommerville S,  et al., Final Report: Formal Methods in HCI, Alvey Project HI 059, March 1987.

Sommerville S,  The Theory of Logical Types, Russell Journal, 1989.

S. Sommerville, Review of Formal Methods in HCI, Proc. IEE Special Colloquium on Formal Methods, February, 1987.

Sommerville S,  S. Gikas,  Specification of Macintosh Toolbox, Proceedings HCI’87, Exeter University, September, 1987.

Sommerville S,  S. Gikas,  C.T. Burton, Specifying the Macintosh Toolbox Event Manager, Formal Aspects of Computing, vol. 1, no. 2, 1989.

Sommerville S,  Modelling Dialogue using CCS, QMC-CS-TR-494, London University, February 1989.

Sommerville S, W. Roberts, J.Rowson, S. Cook., Specification of QMC E-Mail System,

QMC Technical Report, 386, June 1986.

Sommerville S,  Formal Methods in HCI, QMC Technical Report, 396/IEE Colloq. Proceedings, January 1987.

Sommerville S,  ‘D. Bell: Frege’s Theory of Judgement’, Philosophical Papers, X, 1, 1981.

Sommerville S,  ‘P. Levy: G.E. Moore and the Cambridge Apostles’, Philosophical Papers, XI, 1, 1982.

Sommerville S, ‘ Parts and Moments’, Philosophical Studies, November, 1985.

Sommerville S., A Logic of Stating, Philosophical Papers, XIII, 1,1984.

Sommerville S., Preferring Women to Men, Extra-Mural Studies Monographs, No. 4,  Philosophy and Feminism,  Rhodes University, January 1983.

Sommerville S., Sentences, Statements, Propositions, Conditionals;  Implication and

Entailment; Deduction and Derivation, all in Basic Concepts in Philosophy, ed. Z. Van Straaten, Oxford University Press, 1981.

Sommerville S., Believing in Intensional Logics, Philosophical Papers, XI, 2, 1982.

Sommerville S., Wittgenstein to Russell, July 1913: I’m sorry to hear my objection paralyses you . . ., Logic and Philosophy, Proceedings of the IVth International Wittgenstein Symposium, Holder-Pichler-Tempsky, 1980.