Paul Curzon
Award Recipient

Biography

Paul Curzon is a Professor of Computer Science in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London.

He leads the ‘Computer Science for Fun’ project, inspiring students about interdisciplinary Computer Science by presenting research in fun, accessible ways through free high-quality magazines, web site, workshops and shows, promoting computer science for all. The linked ‘Teaching London Computing’ project provides workshops and resources for teachers. They were named in the Edtech 50 as an exceptional and far-sighted coding-related project. Curzon has personally developed many unplugged activities used in schools worldwide, working tirelessly to support Computer Science in schools.

He was a founder member of Computing at School and is currently a member of its Board, as well as of the Academic Advisory Board of the UK National Centre of Computing Education. He was a member of the Royal Society’s Computing Education Working group, ‘After the Reboot’ and is co-author of the book ‘The Power of Computational Thinking’.

He was made a UK National Teaching Fellow, recognising his outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession; was a finalist for the Times Higher Education Innovative Teacher of the Year and has won multiple QMUL awards and nominations from students for teaching excellence, as well as the Richard Garriott Award for Leadership in Public Engagement. His work contributed to QMUL becoming the first university awarded a Gold Watermark for
public engagement.

He teaches over 350 undergraduate students to program each year as well as teaching MSc students interactive systems design. He has published over 200 research papers in areas including education, public engagement, human-computer interaction, healthcare technology and formal methods.

He joined Queen Mary in 2004 having previously been Reader at Middlesex University and a Senior Research Associate at Cambridge University. He received his PhD, MA and BA in Computer Science from Cambridge University, as a member of Christ’s College, Cambridge.

Awards

2020 Taylor L. Booth Education Award
“For outstanding contributions to the rebirth of computer science as a school subject.”
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