Since 2006, I have designed learning experiences which make use of digital technologies in a range of contexts. I have gained experience in diverse sectors, including travel, sport, policing, financial services and higher education. Alongside these roles I myself, have been an ‘online’, distance and part-time learner, studying for a Social Sciences degree with the Open University and currently writing a PhD with the University of Birmingham. My thesis in ‘alternative format’ includes a series of publications alongside more conventional chapters. The working title of the thesis is ‘The Discursive Construction of the Idea of a University – Past, Present and Future’. Based in the School of Education I am pulling together disciplines of design, discourse analysis, higher education and science and technology studies (STS). I have taken the opportunity, at the University of Birmingham alongside my PhD and full time design role to teach in the School of Education in the last two academic years. This has involved lectures, seminar teaching, personal tutoring, assessment and feedback.