Elizabeth Burd

2019-2020 IEEE Division VIII Director (2020 ExCom)
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Elizabeth (Liz) Burd works within the Department of Computer Science at Durham University. Burd has a first degree in Education and a Ph.D. in Software Engineering. She teaches a variety of topics within Software Engineering to final year and masters level students. In Durham she is also Deputy Dean of Science. This role covers a wide remit including student research, teaching and learning activities for the Faculty of Science. She has recently led the University working group defining the University eLearning Strategy and continues to lead and monitor University activities in this area.

Burd is the leader of Durham’s Technology Enhanced Learning Research Group. Her most recent grant supported by the Teaching and Learning Research Programmer focus on investigating the use of multi-touch software in classrooms. Burd is the Director of the HEFCE Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning – Active Learning in Computing. The work of this CETL has resulted in some of the UK’s leading research into the design of IT learning spaces. Burd is also the Higher Education Academy Information and Computer Sciences Northern Coordinator and is responsible for encouraging and promoting educational research activities within the North of England. Her research interests are in computing education and the analysis and visualization of large data sets and of software change patterns.

She is currently serving as a committee member of a number of internal conferences and regularly reviews for international journals. Burd has collaborated with a number of industrial companies during the process of her research including British Telecommunication, BAe and Logica. She has also been an active researcher within an ESPRIT consortium. She is a senior member of the IEEE.


2008 Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award
“For outstanding contributions to the undergraduate education through teaching and the organization of programs to promote excellence in undergraduate teaching.”
Learn more about the Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award