Paschalis Gkortsilas

2nd June 2014 to 6th June 2014

Grand Challenges: Digital Futures, Challenges and Opportunities

I worked as a facilitator with a group of three undergraduate students, to address key issues affecting society in the 21st century.

Some of the most pressing issues today relate to the unprecedented use we all make of digital information. This Challenge provided opportunities to debate and critically analyse some of the legal, moral and social implications of current trends – many of which go unnoticed and are often misunderstood.

To contribute actively to this debate it is important to have first hand experience of how digital material is brought to life by organisations, and this is where this Challenge provided a unique opportunity. We worked with real materials and developed relevant practical skills alongside active researchers and renown organisations such the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), TATE, the Bill Douglas Centre, and Exeter City Football Club Supporters Trust club, all of whom are actively involved in digitally archiving our heritage.

Working with experts allowed us to ask questions about the distinctive features of “live” infinite archives, explore the role of social media, and ask what our concerns should be in terms of democracy and representation, copyright and ownership.

The Challenge culminated in presentations from small groups relating to the challenges and opportunities working with digital archives can offer us as individuals.

April 2014 to June 2014

Widening Participation Scheme

The scheme is designed to introduce young people to higher education, to raise aspirations and attainment and to provide the information that students will need to make decisions about their future education and careers. It also promotes fair access to higher education for all. My contribution to that aim was a number of one-hour Theology taster sessions to students in Years 10 and 12.

1st September 2010 to 31st August 2013

Secondary School Teacher

Tenured Religious Education teacher at Malia High School (Malia, Greece). Courses offered: Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (7th Grade), New Testament (8th Grade), Church History (9th Grade), Orthodox faith and worship (10th Grade), Christianity and World Religions (11th Grade), Christian Ethics (12th Grade).