Siân Bayne

Siân Bayne is Professor of Digital Education, in the School of Education at the University of Edinburgh, and Assistant Principal for Digital Education at Edinburgh.

She is Director of the Centre for Research in Digital Education in the School of Education (, and teaches on the online MSc in Digital Education programme at Edinburgh (

Her main research focus is on educational change in the context of shifts in digital culture, with particular interests including teacher automation, critical posthumanism, new materialism and digital education, the geographies of distance education, open education and multimodal academic literacies.

Professor Bayne has published widely in peer-reviewed journals in her field, has co-edited three books and is an executive editor of the journal Teaching in Higher Education. She co-edited a recent special issue of Learning, Media and Technology on ‘Critical approaches to open education’ and has given many keynotes and invited talks internationally. With colleagues she authored the  ‘Manifesto for Teaching Online’ (

She is the proud holder of two teaching awards, having won the Chancellor’s Award for teaching in 2008 and the Edinburgh University Student Association award for ‘Best research supervisor’ in 2016.

Twitter: @sbayne