Meet our Academics on the MA DTCE.


The MA DTCE , an award winning degree,  is underpinned and reflected in the work and research conducted by our academic team.
Read about our core academics’ work and their professional interests.



Ms Susan Brown – Lecturer in Education and Programme Director of the MA DTCE.

Susan teaches on a range of different course units both at UG and PostGrad level.
These relate to use of multimedia tools in education, blended learning (with different technologies) in education, digital literacies, global citizenship and sustainable development.
Susan teaches across faculties.

Her research interests relate to the perceptions of technology in education and how best to approach global citizenship and sustainability education.
Susan is also interested in cross-disciplinary research and cross institutional research.


Dr Drew Whitworth – Director of Teaching and Learning Strategy at Manchester Institute of Education, Lecturer in Education

Drew had been Programme Director of the MA: Digital Technologies, Communication and Education since its launch in 2007 until 2016.
In 2012 he was recipient of a Catalyst Award from Blackboard, for ‘Communications Strategies’ in his course unit The Development of Educational Technology; the only European winner of such an award that year.
In 2013 he was named the University’s “Most Innovative Lecturer” by Manchester students.

Since 2011 Drew has been the Special Academic Adviser with general responsibility for the University of Manchester’s collaboration with the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (

His research interests include: Critical theory and education; information practice and information literacy; visualisation and mapping of information landscapes; workplace learning and professional development; learning in communities, ans informal learning; philosophy of learning and communication (Mikhail Bakhtin, Jürgen Habermas).
You can see Drew’s publications

Dr Gary Motteram – Senior Lecturer


Gary started his professional life as a language teacher working at first in the private sector in the UK and then moving abroad to work in Libya, Mongolia and Azerbaijan.

In the early stages of his career at Manchester , Gary set up and ran the innovative MA in Educational Technology an TESOL, which while it now no longer runs has been replaced
by two different options: MA TESOL with an Educational Technology pathway and the MA DTCE with a TESOL pathway.

Gary has had considerable international experience over the course of my career working in and conducting projects in a number of different countries:

Azerbaijan, Brazil, Germany, China, Indonesia, Libya, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Tunisia.

He also has had recent experience working on and managing European projects: Lancelot, AVALON and Euroversity

His main research interests are in: technology in language education; distance teacher education and e-learning.

Gary’s publications

Dr Michael O’Donoghue – Lecturer in Education


Mike is a lecturer in the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE) and is also the Humanities New Academics Programme (HNAP) coordinator and also the Programme Director for the University’s PG Certificate in Higher Education. His research interests surround developments in teaching and learning in higher education with a special interest and experience in producing video for teaching, learning and training purposes.

Mike’s professional interests and work centre on those creative and production processes
involved in the development of abstract, academic ideas into moving image learning or teaching resources ; in particular,
on what we can do to improve the quality of these materials to achieve their intended learning outcomes.
He has been privileged to meet and video interview a number of highly esteemed broadcasters and educational thinkers in pursing this theme,
a number of which are available from his website.

Dr Amanda (Mandi) Banks Gatenby, Lecturer in Digital Technologies, Communication and Education.

Mandi began working at UoM as a Learning Technologist in the School of Computer Science, following a range of roles in ICT in Education including secondary (high school) teaching and educational software development and project management. She made the switch to MIE to do a PhD, just completed in 2017, exploring how pupils develop a critical understanding of computing through using the Raspberry Pi in school settings.
In other roles during her time at the university, Mandi has been on the Department for Education’s National Expert Group for Computing Curriculum, a teacher trainer on a Secondary Computing PGCE, and North West regional coordinatorfor the National Subject Association for computing teachers. She remains connected to school settings through voluntary work as a school governor and director of a not-for-profit preschool.
Mandi’s research interests are in how computational learning can bridge abstract and concrete notions of knowledge through digital making practices, social and computational theories of mind and learning and critical understanding of computation for digital ethics.
  • reply Maria Carnelli ,

    Fantastic team! all the best for this new academic year! lots of love from Argentina Gary!

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