Diana Bannister MBE (PFHEA)

Diana Bannister MBE (PFHEA)

Director of the Institute of Education

  • Email address DianaBannister@wlv.ac.uk
  • Phone number 01902 518967
  • Location University of Wolverhampton Samuel Johnson (WN) Building Walsall Campus Gorway Road Walsall WS1 3BD
  • Faculty Faculty of Education Health & Wellbeing
  • Areas of expertise

    Effective use of learning technologies/School development and school improvement/Planning for future scenarios/Working with commercial suppliers

    Effective use of learning spaces

    Postgraduate Education

    Teaching and Learning

Diana Bannister MBE is the Director of the Institute of Education and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Education, Health and Well-being

Diana joined the University of Wolverhampton in 2001 to lead development and research in the use and application of learning technologies across the education sector.  Over the years she has worked across education partnerships and prior to becoming Director, Diana was Assistant Director and Head of Postgraduate Taught Provision in the Institute.

Diana is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) and maintains a strong commitment to the UK Professional Standards Framework.

Diana has taken the role of project director, consultant, critical friend and education adviser to regional, national and international developments. Her work includes development and research on the use of interactive technologies, 1:1 learning, 1:1 devices, learning communities; school development and the effective use of learning spaces. Diana works with many different sectors providing bespoke support to teachers or schools and more strategic professional development with Ministries of Education, regional advisers, external agencies and commercial providers to address effective implementation of technology and mainstreaming change in schools.

She regularly speaks at conferences and has undertaken international work across much of Europe, Australia, Canada, India and New Zealand. Most recently Diana has led a principal role in the Living Schools Lab project and the Creative Classrooms Lab project. In total, Diana has observed and analysed the practice in over 30 countries.

Whilst understanding the drive to embrace new and existing technologies, Diana remains determined to ensure effective practice in the C21st learning environments, knowing that though the technology continues to change; her ultimate goal is to maximise the quality of learning and teaching.

  • Effective use of Learning Technologies
  • School Development and School Improvement
  • Innovation and Creativity in the Curriculum
  • Learning Spaces
  • Mobile Learning
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership and Management (August 2018)
  • MA in Education Management and Leadership   (September 2005)
  • Postgraduate diploma in Education Management and Leadership
  • Postgraduate certificate in Education Management and Leadership
  • B.Ed. (Honours) II.I   (1996)



  • July 1999 – Awarded Lloyds TSB Teaching Award for The Most Creative use of ICT in a Primary School.
  • MBE Awarded December 2000 for Services to Education


2012 -2014

  • Institute Prospective Technological Studies: An Overview of 1:1 Studies across Europe (2012) http://1to1.eun.org
  • Using Common File Format on interactive whiteboards.  (Internal report for Ministries on Interactive Whiteboard working group) June 2012
  • Developing materials for Language Networks for Excellence – Going Places (June2012)
  • Oxford University Press (January 2014) The Implementation and use of tablets (ibook also available)
  • Report for Norway Ministry of Education on the use of interactive technologies in classrooms – available in Norwegian and English. (2012)
  • Microsoft: Shape the Future Study (2014)
  • Peer Reviewer for Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy The Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education 2013 - present
  • Living Schools Lab – http://lsl.eun.org Observation Guidance handbook, Lesson Observation Materials, Interim Report on observations across 6 of 12 countries; Final Report: Mainstreaming Change in Schools, Webinars for Ministries of Education, National Agencies across 12 countries and school leaders October 2012 – October 2014
  • Creative Classrooms Lab – http://creative.eun.org webinars for the leading teachers, observation guidance, lesson observation materials; interim report (June 2014)  Final report June 2015

2011 onwards

  • European Schoolnet: An Evaluation of Acer’s Interactive Projector with 1:1 Technologies – Completed December 2011 – Involving 6 countries
  • RM Lightbox – Development of Training Materials for Easiteach and Easirespond
  • European Schoolnet: Developing Practical Guidelines for the use of tablets
  • An Evaluation of the use of Acer tablets in eight countries.
  • 2011 – 2013 Development of materials for pan European Interactive technologies course –http://cpdlab.eun.org

2009 onwards

  • Work with Black Country Challenge looking at individual school requirements for effective use of ICT
  • Road Test for the Effective Implementation of Learner Response Systems
  • Editorial Board Member for International Journal for Virtual and Personal Learning Environments est.  2009, 1st Edition January 2010 to present
  • Interactive Whiteboards: Theory, Research and Practice Chapter 10: Moving Towards the Right Response (Bannister, Hutchinson and Sargeant published February 2010)
  • DCSF/TDA: One to One Tuition Pilot Course – April 2009 – May 2010
    • Training graduates without QTS to be tutors in Primary and Secondary Schools
  • EuSCRIBE – European Schools and Classroom Research of Interactive whiteBoards in Education. December 2009 – June 2010


  • Promethean: Developing notes for Learner Response System Resource Pack  - November/December 2010
  • BECTA: The Deployment of the Leading Maths Teacher and the use of ICT in Numeracy November 2001 – March 2002  Report published www.becta.org.uk (July 2004)
  • Networked Learning Communities in Schools – development of ICT network in Black Country – Primary
  • The Research and Evaluation of Interactive Electronic Whiteboards – REVIEW Project 2002 – 2004 website: www.thereviewproject.org
    • CD – The Good Guide to Interactive Whiteboards
  • REVEAL – Review of Electronic Voting and an Evaluation of Uses within Assessment and Learning  March 2006 – present www.revealproject.org
  • National Project across eleven local authorities
    • DVD published and Final report December 2007
  • Working with the Black Country Consortium looking at the feasibility of a Common Learning Environment January 2006 – 2009
    • Report: October 2007 – “Feasibility Study” undertaken with KPMG
  • Project Board Member and Chair of Project Board for WMNet Projects on Climate Change funded by DEFRA http://www.wmnet.org.uk/22.cfm


Conference Presentations

2015 onwards

  • Keynote: Saturday, January 31st– New Methodologies and New Pedagogies – University of Aveiro, Portugal, Audience of Headteachers, Teachers, Researchers and Commercial Suppliers (270 people) – Conference led by the Ministry of Education ICT Department DGE.
  • Keynote speaker CCL project  - Final Mainstreaming Capacity Building Conference March 25th
  • Keynote Plenary Speaker at International  Sirikt Conference in Slovenia May 28th-29th


  • BETT: January 2014
    • Keynote for SMART Technologies  - “Are we prepared for the students of today in our Universities?”
    • Two Seminars for Acer Technologies – Developing the use of tablets: Whole School development
  • Comenius Course: July 2013 21 teachers from across 18 countries – Effective learning and teaching using interactive technologies.
  • EU Course: June 2014 10 Polish Senior Headteachers and School leaders – Effective teaching and learning in today’s classroom
  • EU Course: October 2014 – Czech Senior Headteachers and School Leaders – Effective learning and teaching using technology
  • October 2014 – Ministry of Education, Italy – Keynote for National technology conference to disseminate the work of the Living Schools Lab – Collaborative School Development
  • December 11th 2014 – Future Classroom Lab replica in Brussels for Ministries of Education event led by Italian Embassy – Role to lead high level talks with Ministries of Education about current projects in different countries.

Diana's projects include the Living Schools Lab project and Creative Classrooms Lab project.   This has involved visiting 21 countries documenting and analysing the use of learning technologies in schools.

 Diana is part of the Digital Academic Reference Group supporting the Digital Campus Transformation programme.