Andrew Main

Dr Andrew Main

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  • amain at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Learning Impact Leader
  • Executive Business Centre EB501, Bournemouth University, 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8EB
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Lecturer and Academic Manager, with 17 years in industry applying my subject and relating it to engineering technology and business process.

Research in computer graphics - the neglected area of 2D (SVG etc); I have produced 2 interpreters and a compiler that outputs SVG. Working on a) a paper critically evaluating SVG, and b) a proposal to replace/supplement SVG with a 'better' language (SVG with the faults removed).

Fascinated by business process - especially Lean and Quality - and the lessons for university: much UK business is dominated by a Fat approach to management. A common cause is the influence of HR 'reducing cost' by employing cheaper ancillaries to do some of the work of the producers. The problem is that the processes increase (because ancillaries introduce new sub-processes), employee counts rise, and costs do so too. Thus they do the reverse of Lean, which would seek to reduce the number of ancillaries and focus on core process.

I chair the Dorset Branch of BCS.

I am a governor of Talbot Heath School on behalf of the University.

Journal Articles

  • Durkin, K. and Main, A., 2002. Discipline-based study skills support for first-year undergraduate students. Active Learning in Higher Education, 3, 24-39.



  • Main, A., 2005. PenDraw - A Language for Improving Take-Up of SVG. In: Koolwaaij, J., ed. SVG Open 2005 15-18 August 2005 University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands. Enschede, Netherlands: Stichting Scalable Vector Graphics Nederland.



  • PhD in An Interactive Sizing System for Reinforced Concre (University of Leicester, 1973)
  • MSc in Digital Representation of Reinforced Concrete Buil (University of Leicester, 1969)
  • BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering (University of London, 1968)


  • British Computer Society (MBCS, CITP), Member,
  • Dorset Branch, British Computer Society, Chair,
  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow (2001-),
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