Wikimedia UK is excited to announce that Toni Sant is joining our team as our Education Organiser. Toni will be starting work during the week beginning 18 March. Toni is already known among active Wikimedians in the UK as well as globally as he has been active with Wikipedia education programmes for the past couple of years. Below Toni introduces himself in his own words. We’re sure you’ll join us in extending him a warm welcome.
“Hello fellow Wikimedians, I’m Toni Sant. I have long been an admirer of the global Wikimedia movement and have integrated work from my teaching in Higher Education with the English Wikipedia.
“I am currently also employed at the University of Hull’s Scarborough Campus as Director of Research in the School of Arts and New Media, where I’ve been based since 2004. I have been a teacher or lecturer at different education levels since 1993. For the last three academic years I have integrated a Wikipedia assessment in my undergraduate university teaching for all my students and I have also introduced other teaching colleagues to adopt Wikipedia as a resource for some of their assignments. You can view a presentation I gave at EduWiki about some of this work here
“I came to know many other Wikimedians in person by attending the WikiConference in Mumbai, India in 2011, through a scholarship from WMUK. I have also attended a number of other events such as WikiMania 2012 in Washington DC, the EduWiki Conference in Leicester and GLAMcamp at the British Library in London. At these events I have met many of the amazing volunteers that make all the Wikimedia projects possible.
“I will be based in Scarborough but plan to be at the WMUK office in London as frequently as possible. The are a number of things I’ll be working on in terms of Education at WMUK, but the two main things that will very likely take up most of my time in the first few months will be the Wikimedian-in-Residence programme within a UK university, and this year’s EduWiki Conference. I will be at our open day on 23 March and look forward to meeting Wikimedians face-to-face, particularly anyone interested in Education issues within the context of Wikimedia.”