Dr. Peter Williams

Dr. Peter Williams

Post Title:

Lecturer in ICT and eLearning

Deputy Head of School.

Academic Profile:

Peter taught in primary schools in Lancashire and Leicestershire before posts as deputy headteacher and local authority advisory teacher for ICT in North Yorkshire. His experience in higher education includes leading a social and cultural studies degree, leading a higher education staff development programme, and designing and managing a pioneering EU-funded online management course for the local business community. Peter is a University Teaching Fellow and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


In addition to undergraduate teaching, Peter contributes to the Doctor of Education (EdD) programme and supervises several PhD students researching into technology enhanced learning in schools and universities.

Research Interests:

Peter was entered into the University's Research Assessment Exercise submission for Education in 2007. He is the departmental Research Coordinator, and has membership of the Faculty of Education Research Committee and the Research Degrees Committee. He serves on the Editorial Review Board of the International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies, the Editorial Board of Education and the Editorial Board of Education Sciences. His research interests include ICT in Education, the design of interactive learning environments, and developments in eLearning and eAssessment. His doctoral dissertation specialised in management issues for eLearning in universities, and this has been the focus of recent publications. As a member of the Faculty Technology Enhanced Learning group he is currently conducting research into new media to enhance the student learning experience.

Recent Publications:

  • Williams, P. (2012) Squaring the Circle: a new alternative to alternative assessment, Teaching in Higher Education (in review).
  • Williams, P., Wray, J., Farrall, H. & Aspland, J. (2012) Fit for Purpose: examinations are failing undergraduates with learning difficulties. Might eAssessment help? Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education (in review).
  • Williams, P. (2009)  ‘Beyond Control: will blended learning subvert national curricula?’ in E. M. W. Ng (Ed.) Comparative Blended Learning Practices and Environments, Information Science Reference, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
  • Williams, P. (2008) 'Leading Schools in the Digital Age: a clash of cultures', School Leadership and Management, Vol. 28, No. 3.
  • Williams, P. (2008) ‘Assessing context based learning: not only rigorous but also relevant’, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, Vol. 33, No. 5.
  • Williams, P. (2007) ‘Valid knowledge: the economy and the academy’, Higher Education, Vol. 54, No. 4.
  • Williams, P. (2006) ‘Plotting Virtuality: dimensions of eLearning Space’, Chapter 8 in D.S.Preston & T.H.Nguyen (eds.) Virtuality and Education: A Reader, Rodopi: Amsterdam/New York.
  • Williams, P. (2005) ‘Lessons from the future: ICT scenarios and the education of teachers’, Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, Vol. 31, No. 4.
  • Ducrotoy, J-P, Shastri, S. & Williams, P. (2000) 'Coastal Sciences and Management: the need for networking in higher education', Ocean & Coastal Management, Vol. 43, Nos. 4-5.
  • Williams, P. (2000) 'Web-based Learning: Size Matters', Second International Conference on Networked Learning: Conference Papers.
  • Williams, P. & Rastall, P. (1997) 'Courses for Horses: matching provision to changing needs in an IT entitlement programme for first-year students', Electronica, Association for Learning Technology.
  • Williams, P. (1997) 'Using the Internet to Support Environmental Education in Universities', With Rivers to the Sea: Interaction of Land Activities, Fresh Water and Enclosed Coastal Seas, Seventh Stockholm Water Symposium / Third International Conference on the Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas, Stockholm.
  • Williams, P. (1996) 'Resourcing for the Future? Information Technology Provision and Competency Questions for School-based Initial Teacher Education', Journal of Information Technology for Teacher Education, Vol.5 No.3.


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Page last updated by Peter Williams on 10/4/2012

Contact Details

You can contact Dr. Williams by post at:

Dr. P. J. Williams

Scarborough School of Education
The University of Hull
Scarborough Campus
Filey Road
North Yorkshire
YO11 3AZ

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01723 357219


01723 357333