David Sowden

Senior Lecturer/ Programme Director

Faculty of Science and Engineering


01482 466630

David has a strategic responsibility for learning and teaching portfolios in the areas of part-time and degree apprenticeships, leading change, and managing quality and supporting innovation especially in the area of blended learning.

He has a genuine passion and enthusiasm for all aspects of education, and a strong desire to make a difference and drive improvements in quality, effectiveness and efficiency.

David is grounded in the educational disciplines of research, teaching, lecturing and examining to high standards, and has expert knowledge of the latest thinking in education.


Research Interests

  • Optimisation of technology within an education environment

  • Opportunity identification, evaluation and analysis

  • Design and development of technological solutions

  • Technical and commercial leadership

  • Project and change management


Sowden D and Reed J, 'Delivering User Value: e Systems', in Highway to Learning, Benton L and Hooper N (eds), Libri Publishing, ISBN-13: 978-1907471117 (2010)

Sowden D, 'Delivering user-centric eSystems', paper - Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications, EISTA, USA - ISBN-13: 978-936338-05-4 (2010)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Project Management and Research Skills

  • Work-based Project Research

  • Process Safety and Chemistry

  • Global Challenge 1

  • Global Challenge 2

  • Engineering Individual Undergraduate Projects

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Mentoring (Leeds)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • MBA (York)

  • Higher Diploma in Computer Aided Engineering (C&G)

  • BA (Hons) in Fine Art (CSA)

External roles

  • Trustee for a not-for-profit charity, Group Training Association, specialising in engineering

Professional highlights

  • Managed Learning Environment Manager – Member of the Directorate of Yorkshire and Humber Lifelong Learning Network (YHELLN) in the successful development of the integrated strategic plan for the LLN. Managed the developments as well as a budget of £750k and controlled a range of e-systems to facilitate both academic and administrative participation, liaison and co-ordination across, and between, all partners and stakeholders as required. Created and expressed persuasive change management cases supporting the production of a strategy for the development of collaborative e-systems for the network, linked to demands from lifelong learning initiatives, e-systems development, and stakeholders regionally and nationally. Established links with other HEi’s developing Open Source (OS) products that used established standards and developed interoperability and accessibility (i.e. XCRI-CAP, Leap2A) enhancing the suite of available e-systems nationally.

  • Designed and developed a Managed Learning Environment (MLE) that addressed a number of critical challenges related to enabling a personalised experience for vocational learners.

  • Convenor and Chair for the LLN National Forum eSystems work strand, promoting collaboration and the use of common data standards.

  • Lead the creative writing of innovative technology proposals for external funds, including the successful bids for JISC Capital funded projects and HEFCE funded feasibility study, totalling over £1m.