David Biggins

Dr David Biggins

  • Principal Academic in Project Management
  • Dorset House D107, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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David is an experienced project and change manager with an industry track record in the management and successful delivery of IT and business projects. David has PRINCE2 Practitioner, APM and PMP accreditation, has an MBA, BSc (Hons) and BA (Hons) and a PhD in Project Management.

His practical experience of projects provides a solid foundation for his role as senior lecturer at Bournemouth University where he teaches project management, management and data science at undergraduate and post graduate levels and supervises projects to PhD level.

David's teaching has been recognised through the award of multiple ‘You’re Brilliant’ awards. These culminated in the award of the Students; Union (SUBU) silver award for ‘Most Brilliant Lecturer’ and SUBU ’Most Outstandingly Brilliant Gold Award’ in November 2015.

David's research encompasses technology enhanced learning, learning analytics, data visualisation and reporting. Davis is a recognised thought leader in student learning using technology.

David has an international reputation for his knowledge of the Anglo Boer War, 1899 - 1902 and is the author of four books on this conflict.


1. The application of project management to business.

2. Education research involving TEL.

3. The Boer War 1899-1902.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person's work contributes towards the following SDGs:

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

"Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation"

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Responsible consumption and production

"Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns"

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Partnership for the Goals

"Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development"

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Journal Articles



  • Biggins, D., Holley, D., Goldsmith, B. and Priego, J., 2023. Why students engage in simulation and how it prepares them for work. In: ALDinHE 2023: The Learning Development Conference 13-14 June 2023 Portsmouth.
  • Holley, D., 2023. Technostress and student experience. In: Department of Nursing Research and Scholarship Seminar Series 17 May 2023 Bournemouth.
  • Biggins, D. and Holley, D., 2022. Student wellbeing and technostress: critical learning design factors. In: ALDinHE 2022 Conference 10 June 2022 Online.
  • Biggins, D. and Holley, D., 2021. Digital wellbeing to institutional compassion: a co-created journey? In: Association for Learning Technology Conference 6-9 September 2021 Online.
  • Biggins, D. and Holley, D., 2020. Moving academic advising online: enabling student aspiration and reflection. In: Association of Learning Technology Online Summer Summit 26-27 August 2020 Online.
  • Holley, D. and Biggins, D., 2020. Institutional compassion: a co-design approach to developing digital wellbeing. In: Association of Learning Technology Online Summer Summit 26-27 August 2020 Online.
  • Biggins, D. and Kitchenham, A., 2019. Hidden learning spaces: What learning analytics cannot tell us. In: Association of Learning Technology Conference 2019 3-5 September 2019 Edinburgh.
  • Biggins, D. and clarke, S., 2017. Developing digital competencies in academic staff: One institution's experience of applying Lean. In: Lean in Higher Education Conference: Implementing, Measuring and Sustaining Change 1-3 November 2017 Sydney.
  • Holley, D., Biggins, D., Evangelinos, G. and Zezulkova, M., 2017. Digital Competence and Capability Frameworks in the Context of Learning, Self-Development and HE Pedagogy. In: Third International Conference. Dublin, Ireland 4 May 2017 Dublin.
  • Holley, D., Biggins, D. and Lamont, C., 2017. iInnovate: trying something different together. In: ALDinHE 10-12 April 2017 University of Hull.
  • Biggins, D., Holley, D., Evangelinos, G. and Zezulkova, M., 2017. Digital competence and capability frameworks in the context of learning, self-development and HE pedagogy. Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST, 180, 46-53.
  • Biggins, D. and Truelove, L., 2016. Empowering learning through the creation and answering of multiple choice questions. In: Social Media in Higher Education 16 16 December 2016 Sheffield.
  • Bolat, E., Dogan, H., Biggins, D., Dupac, M. and Crowley, E., 2016. Empowering University Students Through Online Multiple Choice Questions. In: Chova, L.G., Martinez, A.L. and Torres, I.C., eds. 9th Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (iCERi) 14-16 November 2016 Valencia, Spain. , 4187-4193 IATED-INT ASSOC TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION A& DEVELOPMENT, LAURI VOLPI 6, VALENICA, BURJASSOT 46100, SPAIN.
  • Biggins, D., Truelove, L. and Lawlor-Wright, T., 2016. Trends in Project Management 1966 – 2015. In: British Academy of Management 6-8 September 2016 Necastle.
  • Biggins, D.J., Trollsund, F. and Høiby, A.L., 2016. Applying a life cycle approach to project management methods. In: European Academy of Management 1-4 June 2016 Paris.
  • Biggins, D., Crowley, E., Bolat, E., Dupac, M. and Dogan, H., 2015. Using Peerwise to improve engagement and learning. In: The European Conference on Education 1-5 July 2015 Brighton, United Kingdom. , 585-602 Japan: The International Academic Forum (IAFOR).
  • Biggins, D., 2015. Perspectives on Project Management Methods. In: British Academy of Management 8-10 September 2015 Portsmouth.
  • Biggins, D., Crowley, E., Bolat, E., Dogan, H. and Dupac, M., 2015. Using Peerwise to Improve Engagement and Learning. In: The European Conference on Education 1-5 July 2015 Brighton, UK.
  • Biggins, D.J., 2014. Medals awarded for the battle of Talana. In: From the Boer to the Great War International Military History Conference 115th Anniversary Anglo Boer War 1899-1902 Centenary The Great War 1914-1918 20-22 October 2014 Dundee, South Africa.


Internet Publications

Scholarly Editions


  • Biggins, D., 2018. An exploratory investigation into how project management methods are chosen and implemented by organisations in the UK. PhD Thesis. University of Manchester.


  • Bolat, E. et al., 2016. Digital Me, Pop-up Photo Exhibition. Photo. Digital Me. Sovereign Shopping Centre, Boscombe, Bournemouth. 5 November 2016.
  • Biggins, D. and Holley, D., 2016. Demonstration of the BU TEL Toolkit. 3rd EAI International Conference on e-Learning e-Education and Online Training, 2016. Univerity College Dublin.
  • Biggins, D. and Holley, D.. The BU TEL Tooklit. Jisc Student Experience Experts’ Group Meeting. Birmingham. 12 October 2016.



PhD Students

  • Miles Shepherd, (In progress)

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Project management
  • Masters dissertation supervision
  • Doctoral dissertation supervision

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Project management
  • Business simulation
  • Statistics
  • Data science
  • Dissertation supervision

Invited Lectures

  • The consulting process for MBA students, Bournemouth University, 20 Sep 2022 more
  • The consulting process for MBA students, Business School, 19 Sep 2021 more
  • Project management in production management, Media School, 09 Jan 2021 more
  • Project management for MBA students, Business School, 14 Sep 2020 more
  • Introduction to statistics, Business School, 07 May 2020 more
  • Ethics in project management, Business School, 01 May 2020 more
  • Using Microsoft Project, Business School, 01 May 2020 more
  • Project management in production management, Media School, 07 Jan 2019 more
  • Project Management Standards, Scitech, 07 Dec 2018 more
  • Project Management Planning, FoM, 03 Oct 2018 more
  • Project management in production management, Media School, 11 Jan 2018 more
  • Project Management Standards, Scitech, 07 Dec 2017 more
  • Project Management and RACI, FoM, 13 Oct 2017 more
  • Project management in production management, Media School, 16 Jan 2017 more
  • Project management in production management, FMC, 05 Oct 2016 more
  • Microsoft Project, LLS, 16 Mar 2016 more
  • Project Management Standards, SciTech, 26 Nov 2015 more
  • PRINCE2, SciTech, Bournemouth University, 30 Oct 2014 more
  • Project management in production management, Media School, Bournemouth University, 08 Oct 2014 more
  • Project managing your MBA, Bournemouth University, 24 Sep 2014 more
  • PRINCE2, SchTech, Bournemouth University, 22 Oct 2013 more
  • Introduction to PRINCE2, University of Manchester, 01 Feb 2013 more


  • A comprehensive, universal human rights framework for Mass Grave Protection, Investigation & Engagement (European Research Council, 01 May 2023). In Progress
  • UoA25 writing retreat (Bournemouth University, 01 Apr 2017). Completed
  • An Ontology of digital toolkits (Bournemouth University, 01 Nov 2016). Completed
  • Student technology trainer pilot (Bournemouth University, 01 Jan 2016). Awarded
  • The TEL toolkit’ and follow-on project ‘Horizon Scanning: the affordances of Augmented and Immersive Technologies (Bournemouth University, 01 Dec 2015). Completed
  • Digital Toolkit Development (Bournemouth University, 02 Nov 2015). Awarded
  • Co-creating a Multiple Choice Question repository with students and for all students (Bournemouth University, Fusion Investment Fund, FIF strand: Co-creation and co-production, 30 Nov 2014). Completed
  • Project Management building blocks for BU students and staff: Essential skills in Microsoft Project (Bournemouth University, 01 Jun 2014). Completed

External Responsibilities

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Virtual Reality Showcase (16 Jun 2018)

Conference Presentations

  • IASP 2019 Congress, Journalism Students Perspectives on the Reporting of Suicide in the UK and Ireland, 17 Sep 2019, Derry, Londonderry
  • Association for Learning Technology Conference, Reimagining teaching practice: Results and recommendations from a three year programme to promote technological innovation in academic staff, 03 Sep 2019, Edinburgh
  • Association for Learning Technology Conference, Upside down: staff and student led digital learning strategies in UK HEIs Critical perspectives in Learning Technology, 11 Sep 2018, Manchester
  • CELebrate 2018, Pushing the boundaries, 13 Jun 2018, Bournemouth
  • University College Dublin Education Technology Conference 2018, Keynote: Achieving student success using Brightspace, 15 Mar 2018, Dublin
  • Jisc Digifest, #Hashtags, apps and social media: The next generation of the TEL Toolkit, 06 Mar 2018, Birmingham
  • CELebrate 2017, What is iInnovate is telling us about assessment and feedback?, 13 Jun 2017, Bournemouth
  • CELebrate 2017, Using audience response systems for engagement and feedback, 13 Jun 2017, Bournemouth


  • PhD in Project management (University of Manchester, 2018)
  • PGCE in Education Practice (Bournemouth University, 2014)
  • BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Computing (Open University, 2001)
  • MBA in Business (Open University, 2000)
  • BA (Hons) in Russian (Nottingham University, 1985)


  • Runner up for the Herbert Walter award for best PhD in project Management (Association for Project Management, 2019)
  • Best Paper Award (3rd EAI International Conference on e-Learning e-Education and Online Training (eLEOT), 2016)
  • ‘Most Outstandingly Brilliant’ Gold Award (Bournemouth University Students Union (SUBU), 2015)
  • Award of Merit (Orders and Medals Research Society, 2015)
  • Most Brilliant Lecturer (Bournemouth University Students Union (SUBU), 2015)


  • Association for Project Management, Fellow (2023-),
  • Royal Society of Arts, Fellow (2023), https://www.thersa.org/
  • Association of Learning Developers, Member (2016-), http://www.aldinhe.ac.uk/
  • Higher Education Academy, Senior Fellow (2016-),
  • British Academy of Management, Member (2015-2018),
  • Wessex Project Management Academic Community, Chair (2014-2017),
  • Project Management Institute, Member (2012-2018),