Sue Sentance

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Sue Sentance
Susan Sentance
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh (MSc, PhD)
AwardsSuffrage Science award (2020)
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science education[1]
InstitutionsRaspberry Pi Foundation
University of Cambridge
National Centre for Computing Education
King's College London
Anglia Ruskin University[2]
ThesisRecognising and responding to English article usage errors : an ICALL based approach (1993)
Doctoral advisorElisabet Engdahl
Helen Pain[3] Edit this at Wikidata

Susan Sentance is a British computer scientist, educator and director of the Raspberry Pi Foundation Computing Education Research Centre at the University of Cambridge.[4][5][1][6][7] Her research investigates a wide range of issues computer science education, teacher education and the professional development of those teaching computing.[8][2] In 2020 Sentance was awarded a Suffrage Science award for her work on computing education.[9][10]

Early life and education[edit]

Sentance studied artificial intelligence (AI) and information technology (IT) at the University of Edinburgh[10] where she was awarded a Master of Science degree in 1989[11] followed by a PhD in 1993 investigating intelligent computer-assisted language learning (ICALL) supervised by Helen Pain and Elisabet Engdahl.[3]

Career and research[edit]

In 2014 Sentance joined King's College London as a lecturer in computing education. Sentance served on the Royal Society computing education advisory group in 2016, with whom she investigated computer science education in the United Kingdom.[12] Sentance was involved with the evaluation of .NET Gadgeteer and the Micro Bit.[13][14]

Sentance joined the Raspberry Pi Foundation in 2018 as Chief Learning Officer where she oversees a gender disparity in computing program that seeks to improve the representation of girls in computer science classes. She has served on the board of Computing at School (CAS).[15][16] Her research has been funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Microsoft.[17] She collaborates with the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE)[18] and joined the Department of Computer Science and Technology, University of Cambridge in 2021.[4]

With Erik Barendsen and Carsten Schulte, she edited the book Computer Science Education: Perspectives on Teaching and Learning in School.[19]

Awards and honours[edit]


  1. ^ a b Sue Sentance publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b Brown, Neil Christopher Charles; Kölling, Michael; Crick, Tom; Peyton Jones, Simon; Humphreys, Simon; Sentance, Sue (2013). "Bringing computer science back into schools" (PDF). Proceeding of the 44th ACM technical symposium on Computer science education. pp. 269–274. doi:10.1145/2445196.2445277. ISBN 9781450318686. S2CID 13376671.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  3. ^ a b Sentance, Susan (1993). Recognising and responding to English article usage errors : an ICALL based approach. (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. hdl:1842/20176. OCLC 605993412. EThOS Free access icon
  4. ^ a b Anon (2021). "Dr Sue Sentance: Director of the Raspberry Pi Computing Education Research Centre". University of Cambridge. Archived from the original on 2 November 2021.
  5. ^ Sue Sentance on Twitter Edit this at Wikidata
  6. ^ Sue Sentance at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  7. ^ Sue Sentance author profile page at the ACM Digital Library Edit this at Wikidata
  8. ^ Sentance, Sue; Csizmadia, Andrew (2016). "Computing in the curriculum: Challenges and strategies from a teacher's perspective". Education and Information Technologies. 22 (2): 469–495. doi:10.1007/s10639-016-9482-0. ISSN 1360-2357. S2CID 345581.
  9. ^ a b Ander, Janina (2020). "Sue Sentance recognised with Suffrage Science award". Archived from the original on 24 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  10. ^ a b c Pallister, Katy (2020). "Maths and Computing Awardee 2020: Dr Sue Sentance". Archived from the original on 17 May 2021.
  11. ^ Sentance, Susan (1989). Improved responses from an English language front end (MSc thesis). Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh. OCLC 606177034.
  12. ^ Neil C. C. Brown; Sue Sentance; Tom Crick; Simon Humphreys (2014). "Restart: The Resurgence of Computer Science in UK Schools" (PDF). ACM Transactions on Computing Education. 14 (2): 1–22. doi:10.1145/2602484. OCLC 5622555331. S2CID 207213634.
  13. ^ Anon (2017). "Dr Sue Sentance". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 27 October 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  14. ^ Sentance, Sue; Waite, Jane; Hodges, Steve; MacLeod, Emily; Yeomans, Lucy (2017). "Creating Cool Stuff: Pupils' Experience of the BBC micro:bit". SIGCSE '17: Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education: 531–536. doi:10.1145/3017680.3017749. S2CID 18976762.
  15. ^ Anon (2018). "Meet our team". Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  16. ^ Anon (2014). "Dr Sue Sentance: Visiting Lecturer in Computer Science Education". King's College London. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  17. ^ Anon (2019). "UK government grants awarded to Sue Sentance". Swindon: UK Research and Innovation. Archived from the original on 11 November 2020. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
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  19. ^ Sentance, Sue; Barendsen, Erik; Schulte, Carsten, eds. (2018). Computer science education: perspectives on teaching and learning in school. London: Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9781350057104. OCLC 1113298221.
  20. ^ Anon (2017). "BERA Public Engagement and Impact Award". Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  21. ^ Anon (2020). "Suffrage Science Awards". Retrieved 9 November 2020.