Dr. Collette Gavan

  • PhD in Education Research – Lancaster University
  • BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems – Lancaster University
  • MSc Computing & Information Systems – Liverpool John Moores University
  • PG Cert in TLS for HE – Edge Hill University
Collette Gavan 

Research Contact Teaching

Technologies to promote innovation within student learning, Use of robotics in teaching programming

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Dr. Collette Gavan
Department of Computer Science
Edge Hill University
L39 4QP

Phone: 01695 657633
Email: Collette Gavan
Office: THF11

  • Programming
  • eCommerce
  • Project Management


Collette is the Director of Employability and Accreditations. She has led courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in subjects such as programming and Project/IT Management. Before becoming a lecturer, Collette worked for a number of large organisations in roles which have enabled her to develop invaluable skills and experiences which are used to provide real world examples to students within her modules.

Collette was awarded her PhD from the University of Lancaster in 2020, with a thesis entitled “Using Robotics to explore computer programming: investigating student experiences and attainment”. The work directly feeds into her teaching and draws upon the innovative experiences that she has designed to engage students within the subject.

Collette has introduced new concepts into the introductory programming modules, which are designed to engage and enthuse the students with what is often perceived to be a very challenging subject. This innovative approach builds upon the work within her research to use robotic technology as an enabling mechanism for teaching problem-solving to students. These practices also assist the students in developing critical employability skills within their coursework.

Outside of teaching, Collette is the departmental representative on the VASC panel and has been involved with the validation of a number of degree programmes.

External Academic Activities

Collette served as a programme validator at Liverpool Hope University Computer Science.
Collette is a Fellow of the of HEA (Higher Education Academy) and a Member of the British Computer Society.

Research Publications

  • Xu, X., Zhang, Q., Maneas, S., Sotiriadis, S., Gavan, C., & Bessis, N. (2019). VMSAGE: A Virtual Machine Scheduling Algorithm based on the Gravitational Effect for Green Cloud Computing. Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, 93, 87-103. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.simpat.2018.10.006
  • Gavan, C. (2012) Overcoming Isolation: The Virtualisation of Research Student Groups. In Proceedings of 17th Annual Conference of the UK Academy for Information Systems (UKAIS), March 2012, Oxford, UK.
  • Gavan, C. and Anderson M. “Engaging Undergraduate Programming Students: Experiences using Lego Mindstorms NXT”. In Conference Proceedings of ACM Special Interest Group for Information Technology Education (SIGITE) 2012, Calgary, Canada, Oct 10-14.
  • Gavan, C., Canning, S. and Anderson, M. “Understanding Staff Perceptions of Plagiarism: the Influence of Experience”. In Conference Proceedings of Ireland International Conference on Education (IICE) 2012, Dublin, Ireland, 29-31 October.
  • Gavan, C. (2012) Supporting Learners to overcome Isolation. In Proceedings of International Conference on Computer Education and Instructional Technology (ICCEIT 2012) Paris France November 2012.
  • Gavan, C. and Anderson, M. “Inspiring Creativity: A New Approach to Teaching Programming to Undergraduate Students”. Submitted to 2013 2nd International Conference on Educational and Information Technology (ICEIT 2013), Hong Kong, 2-3 February.
  • Gavan, C. Anderson, M. and Walsh, D. “Inspiration to Aspiration: Experiences of Developing Employability Skills in Computing”. Submitted to the Journal of Computer Science, Technology and Application. Academic Star, March 2013
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