Reporter 417, 23 March 1998


Resolution adopted by the Senate (11 March 1998) on the retirement of

Professor Roger Hartley

Roger Hartley has enjoyed a long and distinguished career at this University with wide external recognition for his scholarship and admiration for his teaching and administrative drive within the Computer Based Learning Unit in the School of Education.

Roger graduated in Mathematics and Physics with the Diploma in Education (Distinction) from the University of Manchester. He was awarded the Advanced Diploma in Education (being the Platt Prizewinner) at the University of Manchester in 1961, and the MA (Education) by research thesis at Keele University in 1965. From 1956 to 1960 he was a teacher at the Manchester Grammar School, and was appointed Head of the Division of Science and Mathematics at Dover College in 1960. In 1964 he became Research Associate at the University of Manchester, and in 1967 he came to Leeds as a University Lecturer in Education. The Computer Based Learning Unit was established in 1969, and Roger was appointed Director in 1971, and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1972 and then to a Chair (in Computers and Education) in 1992.

The success and world-wide reputation of CBLU can be directly attributed to Roger Hartley who has led it for over twenty-five years through its various phases. Early research involved experimental work on the role of feedback in learning incorporating the results into adaptive teaching systems. This led to research into generative computer-based learning in which computer programs composed or generated training tasks. Work on the formulation of intelligent teaching and learning systems began in the early 1970s and has continued since with a move towards the study of cognitive models, particularly for knowledge acquisition and problem-solving. This has involved the development of methodologies for knowledge representation, and problem-solving skills, and for designing teaching and learning systems together with supporting software tools and environments. Current work involves devising communicative languages through which differing knowledge systems can engage. To support this and other work Roger has been involved in grants totalling over £3 million from UK and international sources including directing several large collaborative research projects within Europe (under the ESPRIT, DELTA and TEMPUS initiatives) and in the UK (funded principally by the Research Councils and the DfEE). Roger's scholarly writings and publications have accompanied this research, which has established CBLU in general and Roger in particular as major forces in this field.

The CBLU has been the home and visiting place of many outstanding scholars, some of whom have moved on to influential positions. In addition a string of research students honed their skills under Roger's expert eye. All would acknowledge the debt they owe to Roger in fostering their careers.

Roger is viewed by his colleagues within the School of Education as someone who not only has set the highest academic standards in moving CBLU forward, but also as a humane, supportive and splendid colleague with whom to work, having a dry sense of humour and pragmatic outlook on life. The School and University are fortunate that Roger will be with us as a Leverhulme Emeritus Research Fellow for eighteen months. We wish him and his wife, Lita, a long and happy retirement.

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