James Rutherford


James is a learning spaces specialist who has been working in the design and development of new learning environments in higher education since 2009. He also has over 30 years of managerial and technical experience in technical support for learning and teaching.  

He has a Masters in Advanced Educational Practice from UCL Institute of Education, where he researched the impact of physical space design on learning and teaching, and is a Fellow of Advance HE [The Higher Education Academy]  

James works at City, University of London, as a Senior Educational Technologist and project lead for learning space development. He has been a learning space consultant with universities, architects and furniture manufacturers, as well as working in managerial and technical roles in learning environment development for the University of Birmingham and University of the Arts London. 

He is the co-producer and host of “Teaching Here and There”, the podcast series that began in July 2021, which investigates hybrid teaching in higher education. James is also joint leader of the workshop entitled “The Pedagogy of Space” held at a number of conferences with an interactive session focused on exploring effective use of a learning space for face-to-face teaching. In 2022, James featured in a panel of educators at the Media & Learning Conference in Belgium, discussing all things relating to hybrid teaching.

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