Jo Spiller

Strategic Programme Director, Data Education in Schools


I am working alongside Judy Robertson and the Data Education in Schools team with overall responsibility for the operational and strategic development of the programme. This eight-year programme is part of the Data-Driven Innovation Skills Gateway aiming to establish and grow a data science and skills curricula within the Primary and Secondary schools of the city region.

Prior to joining the Data Education in Schools, I was Head of eLearning Services within the University and have previously worked as both a teacher and a data professional. I have also been a partner on several global education development projects through the Global Health Academy and the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. 

In addition to my main role on the programme, I am also an MSc research student within the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, focussing on Edinburgh 1869-73 and have been an integral part of the University team working to recognise the ‘Edinburgh Seven’ in the 150th anniversary year of women matriculating at a British University.

Outside of work, I am a board member of the LSPCA UK which supports the development of veterinary education in Malawi and like to go wild swimming in the sea and Lochs around Scotland.

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Copyright Lesley Martin

The Data Education in Schools project held three 'Data Town' events in May / June which brought together young people from across the City Region (Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian, West Lothian, Fife and Borders), to consider what a 'Data Town' of the future might look like. 

Centre Report 2019

30 Apr 2019
Digital Education 2019 report

We are delighted to share our 2019 annual report (pdf link) setting out the extent of our activity this year.  With a particular focus on the impact of our work, this report includes a new visualisation of our work bringing together the many activities of the Centre for Research in Digital Education.

Thanks to all the many colleagues, students, schools, partners, co-researchers and friends who make our work possible!