Oliver Young

Oliver Young B.Sc, M.Sc, M.A.Ed, PgCert, FHEA

Senior Lecturer



Before studying for a BSc (Hons) degree, Oliver gained valuable experience in the music and entertainment industry. The combination of these experiences led to an interest in finance and developing a deeper understanding of how to finance businesses. After completing his undergraduate degree, he worked for a global bank focusing in business banking for medium and large businesses within Sheffield and the South Yorkshire region.

Having moved back into academia to study for a postgraduate qualification, he developed an interest for research in Education and Technology (technology use in educational research and educational technology) with particular emphasis on Web2.0 and mobile technologies, Andragogy & Heutagogy and eye-tracking in natural environments. Oliver's current teaching focus is in the area of strategic management. 

Research interests.

Oliver's Ph.D and current research interest investigates how we interact with and interpret our experiences in the real world through our visual behaviour. This involves unravelling our perceptions of experience and the processes involved in developing those perceptions. A major contributing factor to the way we engage with the environment is through the visual system. As we engage visually with an environment we also make sense of the experience we have within that environment. Thus linking vision, environment and the interpretation of experience.

Therefore, Oliver's Ph.D research aims to evaluate how we interpret experiences and will be achieved by exploring the nature of our visual engagements within a range of environments. In order to achieve this, a key aspect of the research is to explore the nature of visual engagements through scrutinising eye-tracking data and the associated cognitive and psychological processes involved.



  • 2017: Master of Arts in Education, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 2014: PGCert in Further Professional Studies in Higher Education, Durham University, United Kingdom
  • 2013: PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 2008: MSc International Conference Management, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 2005: BSc (Hons) Hotel and Catering Management with Culinary Arts, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 2016 to date: Doctor of Philosophy, Psychology and Education, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

Senior Lecturer


Sheffield Business School


Conference papers

Young, O. (2015). Adoption and Knowledge Continuum in an iPad Enhanced Classroom: A working note. In 1st iPads in Higher Education International Conference, Cambridge Scholars, Cambridge. iPads in Higher Education International Conference

Young, O. (2014). Adoption and Knowledge Continuum in the iPad Enhanced Classroom. In iPads in Higher Education an International Conference, (pp. 177-190). Pathos: Cambridge Scholars Publishing Conference

Young, O. (2011). Music Festivals and Entrepreneurship - Musician to Music Entrepreneur. Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference, ..

Book chapters

Young, O. (2015). Adoption and Knowledge Continuum in the iPad-Enhanced Classroom. In Souleles, N., & Pillar, C. (Eds.) Ipads in Higher Education. (pp. 201-216). Cambridge Scholars Publishing



Young, O. (2014). iPads in Higher Education: a Theoretical Framework.

Young, O. (2014). Technology Experiences of Students in Higher Education.

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