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eMedia Staff

Nick Short - Head of eMedia Unit

Nick is committed to the development of accessible and practical e-learning techniques for the teachers and learners of today and tomorrow. In particular, he is interested in how these technologies can support professional lifelong learning.

He believes that the potential of web technologies in education have only just started to be realised. There will be many opportunities in the future to foster collaboration and share resources. His personal passion is to explore how this potential can be tapped to help create new partnerships with colleagues in the developing world.

Read more on Nick Short's Staff Page

Ben Audsley - VLE Manager

Ben Audsley joined the eMedia Unit in April 2012 from Coventry University London Campus, where he worked as a Learning Technologies Officer. His current focus is on the migration from Blackboard to Moodle, where he is responsible for the project running on time and training staff in the use of the new RVC Learn.

He is extremely passionate about all types of Learning technology and has vast experience in using Echo360, TurningPoint PRS handsets, Turnitin, Grademark and Moodle.

Brian Cox - Multimedia Developer

Brian joined the Electronic Media Unit in May 2006 from the MRC in Cambridge. He has a wide range of multimedia skills including working with video, audio and images. He is currently involved in developing podcasts and recording surgical techniques in the College.

Aidan Dixon - Web Developer

Aidan is the Electronic Media Unit's Intranet Developer. He is working to further develop the functionality of College information systems such as the Intranet, document repositories and database systems. He has skills in information management and ColdFusion programming which he is using to create a more dynamic and responsive database-driven information environment in the College.

Jenny Maud - Project Officer (Global Citizens)

Jenny graduated as a vet from Cambridge University in 2006. Since then she has worked with all creatures great and small in rural mixed practice in the UK and overseas.

She is interested in the role of vets and veterinary education in international development and global health. She has been involved in improving the online content of distance learning courses at the RVC, while continuing to work part time in practice. She is currently involved in the Students as Global Citizens project within which she is investigating ways of including global issues in the veterinary curriculum and working to improve student access to overseas extra mural studies (EMS).

Sonya Powney - Learning Resources Developer

Sonya joined The Royal Veterinary College in October 1996 and has produced a range of interactive multimedia programs (see examples of Sonya's work) for veterinary undergraduates and vets in practice. She currently develops teaching resources for delivery over the RVC intranet and RVC Learn. Her skills include project management, instructional design, multimedia, programming, usability testing and online assessment.

Sarah Sherman - BLE Service Manager

An experienced adviser and qualified teacher, Sarah has been working in e-learning since 2001, providing strategic advice to academics and senior managers about its introduction and application. As the BLE Service Manager, Sarah is responsible for the development, maintenance and implementation of the Bloomsbury Learning Environment (BLE) - a shared e-learning service used by the RVC, Birkbeck, Institute of Education, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and SOAS. The BLE comprises a learning platform (Blackboard) and a suite of e-learning tools including Echo360 (for automatic lecture capture), Elluminate (virtual classroom software) and Turnitin (online plagiarism detection software).

Alistair Spark - VLE Officer

Joined the eMedia team in September 2008 while studying on the BioVeterinary Sciences course at the RVC, mainly looking after the manually recorded lecture podcasts prior to the introduction of Echo360, the editing and publishing of these. After graduating in 2011, I was involved in a variety of projects, including the migration of the content from Blackboard to RVC Learn. Becoming a full time member of the RVC Learn team in August 2012, I have been actively maintaining RVC Learn & Echo360, integrating with external services and dealing with our external hosting provider, and working with teaching staff to add required functionalities to RVC Learn.


Over the Summer 2013, I was involved in developing the RVC App and have been actively improving this since.


I have also played a major part of our drive to host services internally for the last year.

eMedia Showcase

See the eMedia Showcase for a selection of computer aided learning programs and other projects completed or under development by the Electronic Media Unit in collaboration with RVC academic staff.

Collage of graphics from eMedia projects

Designed and developed by the RVC Electronic Media Unit