Ben Atkinson-Foster

Welcome

A photo of Ben Atkinson-Foster sitting in a cafe on his honeymoon in Malta.

As you’re here, you’re perhaps interested in me and what I do. I’m a Learning Technologist (or Digital Education Developer as we like to call it) at the University of Lincoln and I look after the college of arts. Day-to-day, I support academic staff with the adoption of digital technologies and how they might be embedded in pedagogic practice. I also have my own research interests, in the field of American Studies, and in particular the culture and music of the Southern United States. I’m a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and I’m currently studying for my PGCHE through Falmouth University, Cornwall.

Prior to working at the University, I was self-employed running my own design and development agency for four years. In that time I specialised in web design and graphic design, mobile app development and graphic design, working with a broad range of clients in the UK and internationally. In 2016 my agency, Tall Lime, was nominated in the ‘Best Digital Startup’ category at the Lincolnshire Digital Business Awards and in the same year, I attended the Times Higher Education awards as a guest of the University of Lincoln and an example of graduate entrepreneurship.

As you might be able to tell, I have a close affinity with the University of Lincoln and studied for both my BA (Hons) and MA degrees with the institution. My background is in media production, with a specific focus on broadcast radio, sound and digital media.

For the past ten years, I have presented a weekly radio programme, Ben’s Country Music Show, on stations across the UK and Ireland and have been lucky to interview a number of recording artists, songwriters and industry professionals in that time.

Long before I moved to Lincoln, I developed a love of books and found a passion for writing. In 2008, at the tender age of seventeen, I released my first novel, The Kraken’s Curse, through an independent publisher. Another novel, Walking on Cinders, followed in 2010. I continue to work on creative writing projects and I’m currently juggling writing a new novel with my work at the University of Lincoln.

If you’re interested, you can find out more about me on this page of the site.

Ben's Country Music Show 10th Anniversary

In 2018 my radio programme, Ben’s Country Music Show, celebrated its 10th anniversary. Throughout the year we marked the milestone with interviews, live music and more, culminating in September with a six-week series of special shows. For these special programmes I had the chance to present with my wife, Kiera, musician friends I’ve made over the years and my original co-presenter, Neil Castledine. The last show we recorded was a special interview where Leicester musician John Montague took the reins and presented the show, interviewing me about my ten years in broadcasting and the history of the show. You catch up on all the shows on the website or find out about the programme here.

Design and Illustration

I’m a keen designer and have many years of experience in web and graphic design. For four years I ran my own design agency, Tall Lime Ltd. and in 2018 I illustrated 40 individual images which formed the centrepieces at my wedding.

I’ve always had an interest in being creative with design, and have worked with clients across the UK and internationally. I am particularly proud of my work with not for profits, charities and community arts groups, for whom I’ve designed websites, posters and brochures over the years, many of which have gone on to win awards in their particular field.

To find out more about my graphic design work, click here, or visit this page for my web design portfolio.

Higher Education

For the past two years, I have worked at the University of Lincoln as the Digital Education Developer for the College of Arts. In this role, I support the adoption of digital tools for pedagogy and advise academic colleagues on how digital approaches can best be used to support teaching and learning. The role is similar to that of a Learning Technologist at other institutions.

I have also been lucky since starting in this role, to achieve fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and I’m working towards my PGCHE with the University of Falmouth. Each of these, have provided me with an opportunity to learn more about the theory behind teaching with higher education and to actively practice my teaching, assessment and feedback strategies. I hope to do much more of this in the future.

The Kraken's Curse - Special Edition

2018 was also a big year for me, as my first novel “The Kraken’s Curse” turned ten years old. The book was first published a decade ago and this was only possible at the time thanks to the support of my then school, King Edward VII, in Melton Mowbray. To mark the milestone a new edition of the book, plus several other surprises related to the novel, will be announced in 2019!

An image depicting the Yellow Belly Trails app, showing a graphic of cars on a road from above, fields and other Lincolnshire landmarks.

The Yellow Belly Trails app, was a project I worked on with the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce to produce an interactive mobile app which would guide users on a food heritage trail of Lincolnshire.

The project was also partly funded by DEFRA and users are able to follow the trail in one of three ways, by car, bike or on foot. Each time you open the app you are taken on a different route and locations you’ve visited are saved to your profile for easy future access. You can find the app on the iOS store now and it will be available on Android devices soon.

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