Advisors to the project

The project has established an advisory group, with members drawn from users of our research and including older people themselves. The advisory group meets twice yearly.

Membership of the Advisory Group:

Emeritus Professor Alan Newell (Chair)
School of Computing, University of Dundee
Professor Leela Damodaran (Sus-IT Principal Investigator)
Head of e-Society Research Group, Research School of Informatics, Department of Information Science, Loughborough University
Wendy Olphert (Sus-IT Lead Co-Investigator)
Senior Research Fellow, Research School of Informatics, Department of Information Science, Loughborough University
Angela Barnes
Northern Committees Co-ordinator, Age UK
Professor James Goodwin
Head of Research, Age UK
Harry Martin
Representing older people participating in the research, Sutton Bonington Community Groups, Leicestershire
Anthony Meehan
Senior Lecturer in Computing, The Open University
David Mortimer
Head of Digital Inclusion, Age UK
Steve Phipps
Director of Partnerships & Customer Services, Charnwood Borough Council
Ian Retson
Leicestershire CareOnLine Manager, Leicestershire County Council
Barbara Shillabeer
Member of NDA's OPRG (The Older People's Reference Group)
John Williams
Age UK

International members:

Heike Boeltzig
Research Associate, Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI), University of Massachusetts
Professor Alan France
Department of Sociology, the University of Auckland, New Zealand
Sri Kurniawan
Assistant Professor, Computer Engineering Department, Jack Baskin School of Engineering, University of California Santa Cruz
Dr Wendy Young
Research Chair in Healthy Aging, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

In addition, the project participants are now able to benefit from a valuable group of older people known as the 'Critical Friends' who are available to offer their comments and feedback on the work that the Sus-IT project is doing. The friends are made up of volunteers from the older people who have participated in earlier stages of the research, and they have already had input into the development of our digital engagement questionnaire, some of our publicity materials, and into the plans for our research into older people's ICT learning and education needs and strategies.