Technician of the Year for Health Related Studies
Rob Jefford has worked as a technician in educational institutions since 1981. He joined the University of Brighton in 1988 as a scenographer for contemporary dance productions and in 1998 was appointed as principal technician in the School of Health Professions. Since that time he has developed ways of working closely with staff and students, becoming progressively interested in how best to support learning and teaching. He became interested in promoting online and digital literacy within the school and worked on a HEA staff-development project to create multi-media simulations to enhance student experiences of problem-based learning.
Rob’s work includes enabling international students beginning their European MSc Occupational Therapy to manage multi-country on-line information systems. He oversees the development of an interprofessional clinical practice database to support student practice placements in south east England and works with the local NHS trust to facilitate the sharing of information to enable podiatry students to be more directly involved in patient care.
Rob has been involved in developing apps to support teaching and using video software to support collaborative online learning and creating online conferences, such as connecting occupational therapy students from universities in England, Scotland and the USA.
Rob plays a key role in supporting the development of technical staff through initiatives such as the university’s HEaTED conference for technical managers. He continues to work with colleagues to support the University of Brighton’s digital transformation agenda, which promotes the innovative use of technology for learning, teaching and research.
University of Brighton