Meet the Champions

 

We’re always on the look out for new members. If you would like to join the team, please contact us.


Nic Fair

Where are you from? London, England.
What did you do before coming to the University of Southampton? Lecturer / Teacher of English for Academic Purposes (EAP), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL).
When did you start? October 2014.
What is your degree? BA (Hons) History, PGDip Advertising, PGCE in Post-compulsory Education, MA in Applied Linguistics, IPhD in Web Science.
Why did you choose to be a digital champion?
In the modern networked society information is diversified across electronic, paper and human resources. I believe that learning has become an autonomous process of building, maintaining and activating relationships with all these sources – your Personal Learning Network. Networked learning involves sharing, collaborating and creating, and technology enhances these processes in many useful ways. It is important for the modern networked individual to develop the skills necessary to manage their learning network effectively in order to become independent, self-directing, fully-engaged learners. I would like to help learners reach their educational goals by empowering them to usefully harness the people, organisations, devices, software and services that surround us in the digital age.


Sarah Hewitt

Where are you from? Devon, England.
What did you do before coming to the University of Southampton? Secondary school teacher, English and Media Studies.
When did you start? October 2014
What is your degree?BA (Hons) in English with Art History.
Why did you choose to be a digital champion?
In the classroom my favourite pieces of kit were my laptop and my electronic whiteboard.  I used everything I could to encourage students to engage with lessons through digital means, and got them to use technology whenever the opportunity arose.  I think students should be taught how to use all manner of applications to manage their own learning and make them critical users, rather than just consumers.


Tim O'Riordan
Tim O’Riordan

Where are you from? Southampton, UK
What did you do before coming to the University of Southampton? I worked for JISC Digital Media at the University of Bristol as an Advisor (specialising in pedagogy and video production).
What is your degree? PhD in Web Science.
When did you start? October 2013.
Why did you choose to be a digital champion? It seemed like a good idea at the time :) – and it still is.
What activities have you been involved in since joining the initiative? I’ve run some WordPress workshops and a video production workshop for students taking Curriculum Innovation Programme modules, and have advised the Business School on innovative approaches to curriculum development.
Have you taken part in any training whilst a digital champion? A Storify workshop and some very useful support sessions.
Why should anyone thinking of becoming a digital champion get involved? Because it’s fun and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet interesting people and share and develop your digital skills.
LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTubeWebsite


Thomas Rowledge

Where are you from? I’m from the sunny south coast, Dorset.
What did you do before coming to the University of Southampton? I complete my A levels in Biology, Maths and Computing.
When did you start? October 2015.
What is your degree? BSc Web Science – Computer Science.
Why did you choose to be a digital champion? Having had started my undergraduate degree in web science, I wanted to become more involved in the University – and there is no better way to do so than directly interacting with people whether it be through social media or any of the numerous DigiChamps projects! I’m looking forward to taking part in encouraging Digital Literature and gaining experience in digital marketing through learning from others in DigiChamps.


Tom Davidson

Where are you from? Bournemouth, Dorset.
What did you do before coming to the University of Southampton? I attended Poole Grammar school to do my A-Levels, where I completed courses in History, Maths and Computer Science. With regard to digital media experience, I have created three websites for clients in the local area, and continue to maintain those.
When did you start? October 2015.
What is your degree? BSc Web Science – Computer Science.
Why did you choose to be a digital champion? Why did you choose to be a digital champion? I want to become a Digichamp because I am certain of the value for almost everyone in digital media, I recognise I personally still have much to learn. I feel that DigiChamps is a fantastic environment to do this, as I will be able to work with a brilliant array of talented people whilst learning and also helping others – I look forward to getting involved!


Chira Tochia

Where are you from? Essex, England
What did you do before coming to the University of Southampton? I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Advertising and Marketing Communications from Bournemouth University. Then I worked at an advertising media agency called OMD (part of the Omnicom group) for 2 and half years in their research department. After that I worked as a social account manager at a digital film and marketing agency called Substance, where I looked after accounts for Paramount, HBO, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros.
When did you start? September 2015
What is your degree? iPhD in Web Science
Why did you choose to be a digital champion? I have a natural curiousity to how we use and present ourselves on the Web. It has led me back into study and with a focus towards digital literacy and identity. Being a digital champion is the perfect compliment to engaging and better understanding our use of technology. I’m keen to improve my digital skills and learn some new ones, and I’m very much looking forward to getting more involved in projects with the university.
Links: LinkedIn, Twitter


Dola Majekodunmi
Dola Majekodunmi

 

  • Where are you from?
    Southampton, UK.
  • What did you do before coming to the University of Southampton?
    I worked with the Royal Bank of Scotland in the Digital Customer Support team.
  • What is your degree?
    IPhD in Web Science.
  • Why did you choose to be a digital champion?
    Having worked in the digital customer support team of a bank, I have always been interested in encouraging people to use the digital knowledge and skills available to empower themselves. Becoming a digital champion provides a great opportunity to share some of these skills.
  • When did you start?
    October 2014.
  • Links:
    Twitter,
    LinkedIn

 


Bartosz Paszcza
Bartosz Paszcza
  • Where are you from?
    Kraków, Poland.
  • What did you do before coming to the University of Southampton?
    Finished High School in Kraków.
  • What is your degree?
    BSc Physics.
  • Why did you choose to be a digital champion?
    My interest in the development of technology and its application to higher education led me to take part in the Living and Working on the Web course and the ‘Students as Creators’ project. I believe digital literacies are the key thing for students to learn, hence taking part in popularisation of their importance felt like the right thing to do.
  • When did you start?
    September 2012.
  • What activities have you been involved in since joining the initiative?
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  • Have you taken part in any training whilst a digital champion?
    I took the ‘Living on the Web’ course and worked on the Students as Creators and Change Agents project, where we focused on redesigning year one business modules to match up with newly developed educational technology and innovative approaches towards learning. I have also Storified the Web Science Institute Distinguished Lecture with the Zooniverse project founder, Prof Chris Lintott.
  • Why should anyone thinking of becoming a digital champion get involved?
    I think the Digital Champions programme gives a great opportunity to develop one’s digital skills, along with putting them into practice. It is also a great way to exchange experiences and inspirations with other students interested in creating content on the Web.
  • Links:
    Twitter,
    LinkedIn,
    About.me

Misato Yoshida
Misato Yoshida

Where are you from?
Japan
What did you do before coming to the University of Southampton?
I was studying at International School of Qingdao (ISQ) as a high school student
When did you start?
October 2016
What is your degree?
Business Entrepreneurship
Why did you choose to be a digital champion?
I have got to know digital champion through the presentation about Digichamps in one of my modules, and I was amazed by the opportunity to apply technological skills in real like situation. As a business school student, I have become aware of the importance of technology, as I believe it would be crucial in future business operations as well as daily lives. Moreover, I found myself not sophisticated enough in the field of technology, which is also the reason I would like to join Digichamps to improve and apply technological skills to daily life and business.


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Jacob Cox

Where are you from? London, England
What did you do before coming to the University of Southampton? I completed my school education in New Zealand before moving back to the UK to attend University
When did you start? October 2014
What is your degree? BSc Marketing (With Placement)
Why did you choose to be a digital champion? Throughout my undergraduate degree I have found various ways to expand my knowledge and skills outside of my course. I have a strong interest I video production and editing, and I feel that the Digichamp programme would be a perfect opportunity to pair these skills with the marketing experience I’ve gained during my degree and placement year.

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