John G Axford

Emeritus Fellow

MA Camb, PhD Keele, MInstP; MBCS; CEng; CPhys; CITP; FRSA

Formerly Departmental Lecturer in Computing, Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. Within OUDCE, John Axford taught computing with a special emphasis on management skills. Initially he joined Continuing Professional Development and helped set up the MSc programme in Software Engineering. Later he directed two undergraduate level awards in OUDCE and helped pioneer one of the Department’s first awards to be delivered over the Internet. He retired in 2005.

John Axford originally graduated in Physics and came to Kellogg from a long career in research and development with IBM.  He has a wide experience of computing technology and in management. In more recent years, motivated by a desire to put something back into education, he served on a number of national bodies including the Council for National Academic Awards, the Council of the Foundation for Science and Technology, and the former HEQC Degree Awarding Powers Committee.  He has also done accreditation work for the British Computer Society, and has served as Chairman of the BCS Accreditation Committee.  He is an Honorary Fellow of the BCS.
John is firmly dedicated to the aims and ethos of the College, in the pursuit of increased access and opportunity for lifelong learning, and especially for those who may have missed out on the more ‘conventional’ education routes.
Aside from academic matters, his other interests include fell walking and an amateur fascination with industrial archaeology.