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Dr Marc Fabri

About Dr Marc Fabri

Marc is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Technology and an experienced researcher and innovator. He leads the Enabling Technologies Research Group which brings together researchers from digital health & well-being, participatory design, computing and user experience design.

Marc was Principal Investigator for the £300k EU-funded Autism&Uni project, which ran from 2013 until 2016. He continues to develop the project outputs, working closely with universities across the UK to help them support autistic undergraduate students during their transition into HE. Prior to this he secured £30k HEFCE innovation funding to establish a behaviour change research cluster, and more recently he collaborated with psychology colleagues on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership on health and safety behaviour.

Marc advises the UK Government’s Student Loans Company on issues related to assistive technology and study support for autistic students. He is an editorial board member of the International Journal of Human Computer Interaction and has recently guest edited a Special Issue on “Designing with and for users on the autism spectrum”. Marc is also a regular programme committee member for the British HCI conference and DUXU conference series.

Marc is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is currently external examiner for MSc/BSc Digital Media at Portsmouth University and for MSc Interactive Media Engineering at Nottingham Trent University.

Current Teaching

Marc teaches modules on the BSc Creative Media Technology and the BSc Computing courses:

  • Web development
  • Responsive web design
  • Mobile app development
  • Design thinking
  • Creative industry practice
  • Individual and group projects

Research Interests

Marc's research is centred around participatory design methods, applied to the field of assistive and enabling technologies to help people lead healthier and happier lives. He uses Design Thinking methods to develop ideas that bring about positive change and innovation.

Marc has published on design methodology, the use of technology for positive behaviour change, barriers and enablers for autistic HE students, and the technology preferences of autistic people.

In 2016 he published a set of Best Practice Guides to support HE students on the autism spectrum, which are available in 7 languages and used widely across European universities. Marc currently supports a number of UK universities with adopting the Autism&Uni toolkit, a self-help resource autistic students can use to manage the often difficult transition into higher education.

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