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Sal Cooke honoured for her use of pioneering tech

Sal Cooke honoured for her use of pioneering tech

Council member Sal Cooke, director of Jisc TechDis, has received a prestigious honorary fellowship from Myerscough College.

The college’s board of directors bestowed the honour on Sal in recognition of her “outstanding career in the use of pioneering technology, particularly within the education sector.”

Professor Stephanie Marshall, chief executive of the higher education academy, said:

“This fellowship is very well-deserved and I’m delighted that Sal has been recognised in this way.  I have worked closely with her over the years and her commitment and enthusiasm is second to none.

“Through Sal’s leadership Jisc TechDis has made a remarkable impact on the learning experience of thousands of students and I congratulate her on this achievement.”

Sal has taught in schools, further and higher education. In the early 1980s, she was seconded as the curriculum manager for the Yorkshire and Humber regional centre where she was to introduce technology to the curriculum of further education colleges as technology moved from BBC computers to the first PCs.

As a result of the success of this project, Sal was seconded to Becta and subsequently other organisations, where she worked with partners such as the BBC, the funding councils and the Learning & Teaching Subject Network (a precursor of the Higher Education Academy).

This led to her working at the Department of Education and Skills as an adviser where she was integral to the creation of the e-learning strategies in higher and further education.