Dr Sue Sentance

Director of the Raspberry Pi Computing Education Research Centre at Department of Computer Science and Technology, University of Cambridge


Dr Sue Sentance is Director of the Raspberry Pi Computing Education Research Centre, which was established in July 2021 and is based in the Department of Computer Science and Technology at the University of Cambridge. The Centre is a joint initiative between the University and the Raspberry Pi Foundation and offers an exciting opportunity to combine expertise from across both institutions to deliver a step-change in computing education. The Centre seeks to achieve long-term impact by conducting original research as well as working with its partners to turn new research results into practice, including by working closely with the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s educational programmes.

The aim of the Centre is to increase our understanding of teaching and learning computing, computer science, and associated subjects, with a particular focus on young people who are from backgrounds that are traditionally under-represented in the field of computing or who experience educational disadvantage.

More information about the Centre can be found at http://computingeducationresearch.org.

In addition to her role as Director of the Raspberry Pi Computing Education Research Centre Sue is also Chief Learning Officer at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, where she acts as a senior advisor on teaching, learning and research activities. Since gaining a PhD in Artificial Intelligence in Education in 1993, she has worked as a secondary teacher, teacher trainer, university lecturer and researcher. She played a leading role in the DfE-funded National Centre for Computing Education, particularly around the development of the Teach Computing Curriculum, Isaac Computer Science, and online teacher professional development courses. She is also the strategic lead (PI) for the £2m DfE-funded Gender Balance in Computing research programme, which will be publishing results in 2022. Sue developed an approach to structuring programming lessons called PRIMM (Predict-Run-Investigate-Modify-Make), which has proved useful to many teachers around the UK and beyond.