I’m Dr Tom Crick, a Senior Lecturer in Computing Science (and Director of Undergraduate Studies) in the Department of Computing & Information Systems at Cardiff Metropolitan University, having previously spent a number of years in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath. I am a 2014 HEA National Teaching Fellow.
My research (see Publications) straddles the hardware/software interface and the performance of each: compilers and code optimisation, concurrency and multicore processors, high performance computing and programming language design and implementation. I’m also interested in the broader research area of knowledge representation and reasoning, intelligent systems and declarative problem solving (e.g Answer Set Programming). I’m a member of HiPEAC, the European Network of Excellence on High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation and a 2014 Software Sustainability Institute Fellow.
I’m an advocate for computer science, from a research, education, economic and policy perspective; in particular, I’m part of the movement to transform computing education in the UK: I’m Chair in Wales (and Board Member) of Computing At School (CAS), an organisation that has led the recent initiatives to reform computer science in UK schools. In September 2013, I co-chaired the Welsh Government’s review of the ICT curriculum in Wales and currently sit on the UK Digital Skills Taskforce.
- Trustee and elected member of BCS Council, the strategic advisory body of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. I am also Chair of BCS in Wales and Chair of the BCS Young Professionals Group.
- Trustee and sit on the board of directors of the Campaign for Science & Engineering, the leading independent advocate for science and engineering in the UK.
- Trustee and elected member of Council of the British Science Association.
- Sit on the UK Forum for Computing Education, led by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
- Member of the Welsh Government’s National Digital Learning Council, which provides expert guidance on the use of digital technology in teaching and learning in Wales.
- Member of the National Assembly for Wales Cross-Party Group on Science & Technology, which aims to raise awareness amongst Assembly Members of important developments in STEM, both technological and educational, and how policy issues impact upon these areas.