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Barry Avery

Associate Professor, Faculty of Business and Law, Kingston University.

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Barry Avery is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business and Law, specialising in the development, implementation and use of information technology in both business and education. He has an industry background in computing, having performed consultancy for organisations such as Unilever and Thompson Reuters, and came to Kingston in 1998.

Barry is currently the course director for the MSc Business Information Technology course, where he teaches students about databases, programming and systems development.

He is researching the effective use of technology in educational environments for his PhD, in particular the way that assessment can work in online courses such as MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). "Too often IT is introduced without thinking through the appropriateness or the consequences" he said.

Barry has recent pieces on advances in mobile technology and Apple in both and New Statesman (online).


Year gained Subject
1997 PGDip Database Systems, Westminster University.
1988 BSc (Hons) Computer Science, Lancaster University

Career Highlights

Year Position held
2013 Associate Professor, Kingston University Business School
1997 Principal Lecturer, School of Business Information Management
1990 Senior Lecturer, South Thames College
1988 - 1990 IT Consultant, Unilever


Hans Oberg, Barry Avery et al (2014) The use of social media to support autonomous student peer support within a network learning community, BERA 2014, London.

Preston, J. & Avery, B. (2011) Emergency Preparedness as Public Pedagogy: The Absent-Presence of Race in "Preparing for Emergencies", International Journal of Lifelong Education (2010) ESRC web site for dissemination of materials from the ESRC project 'Preparedness pedagogies and 'race': an interdisciplinary approach' (RES-000-22-3437)

Preparedness as Public Pedagogy (2010), Paper for British Educational Research Association conference with Preston, J. The UKPreparedness web site for the ESRC Festival of Social Science (2010), was used for an emergency preparedness exercise in a nuclear bunker in Essex.

Parchoma, G.,  Avery, B., et al (2009). Community development of a philosophy-in-practice for a networked learning module. In T. Bastiaens et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education

Benson, V. & Avery, B. (2008) Emerging Web 2.0 Strategies in Learning and Teaching, Chapter in Web 2.0: The Business Models, Springer.

Martland, D. & Avery, B. (2004) Developing Wireless Communications for Interactive Classroom use in Business and Computing, Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2004.

Media Highlights

Barry has written a number of articles for  and 

Professional Body Membership

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member - British Computer Society (BCS)

Member - Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

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