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Alastair Town

Digital Academic Practice Trainer

Centre for Academic Development and Quality Dept.

Role

Alastair is a Digital Academic Practice Trainer within the Centre for Academic Development & Quality (CADQ). He is responsible for designing and leading the staff digital training and support offer. Alastair works with colleagues from across the institution to provide bespoke solutions and project support for the implementation of digital technologies in support of the student experience. Alastair also provides consultancy for various professional services and academic teams on the use of ChatGPT and/or other AI technologies to enhance either their practice or the experience of their students/colleagues. This academic year Alastair has played a central role in the universities new academic year process (NAYP) working with academic staff to drive meaningful improvements in the way we utilise NOW, the digital learning rooms at NTU.

Career overview

Alastair was both an undergraduate and masters degree student at Nottingham Trent University. He studied primary education with qualified teacher status as an undergraduate and then moved on to study for his masters degree in psychology. Whilst studying Alastair worked on a number of fixed term contract roles in academic support with the library and in CADQ. Alastair's final fixed term contract during his masters year was working with CADQ in the Flex team as an Associate Learning Designer, it was while working in this role that he realised NTU offered him the chance to combine his love of technology with his passion for education.

After Alastair graduated he worked on a graduate scheme as an Account Manager for a logistics company. He really enjoyed building relationships with customers that comes with a sales role and had some fantastic successes, including being the top performing graduate hire for the firm and setting the record for the largest single project closed.

After completing his graduate scheme Alastair then moved back to NTU taking up his current role of Digital Academic Practice Trainer.