Brian Murphy is an educator, an innovator in digital learning and a champion of widening access to higher education. He has held academic positions in Australia, England and Ireland. He is currently a Professor and Director of Access and Flexible Learning at Ulster University. Brian is a passionate advocate of widening access to higher education for first-in-family participants and to higher education in the workplace supported by technological innovation and active learning pedagogies. He has an academic track history of quality enhancement, research and policy development for higher skills in the UK advanced manufacturing industry sectors. He is currently leading a major longitudinal research project into the barriers affecting the educational attainment and participation of young working class males in Northern Ireland.