Adrian Oldknow

Emeritus Professor, Cambridge Centre for Innovation in TE


Adrian studied mathematics at Oxford and Computer Science at Brunel Universities.  He worked in secondary schools, FE colleges and HE between 1967 and 1996, when he retired as Emeritus Professor of STEM Education at the University of Chichester. 

Between 1996 and 2010 he worked as a freelance consultant.  He advised Tech companies including Casio, HP, Intel, Promethean, RM, SMART and TI, as well as organisations such as Becta, DfE, Ofqual, QCA, SSAT, TTA and the World Bank. 

He plays an active part in professional organisations including the ASE, ATM, BCS, BIS, CAS, DATA, IET, IMA, IoP, MA, RSS and WCIT.  His research interests are in the fields of computer graphics and pure geometry. 

He was part of the research team for the Royal Academy of Engineering’s `Thinking like an Engineer’ project which enabled him to develop his passion for playing with gadgets like Arduino, Crumble, micro:bits and Raspberry Pi.  As well as a being a DATA Ambassador, Adrian works in schools as a Bloodhound Ambassador, STEM Ambassador and IET volunteer.  He founded the Cambridge Centre for Innovation in Technological Education which has been the incubator for the iSTEM+ approach, Skilful Schools, Student digital Ambassadors and iSTEM+ local networks and Innovation Hubs – see

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