Wayne Buttigieg - Head of IT Infrastructure and Media Services
The new Collaborative Classrooms are now in action on main campus. They are the result of a lot of great work behind the scenes, spearheaded by Wayne Buttigieg, Head of IT Infrastructure and Media Services, and his team. Let's find out a bit more about Wayne!
Tell us about your journey to becoming Head of IT Infrastructure and Media Services here at LBS...
I studied Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at Sussex University and started out at British Airways in the Marketing department as an analyst. When the opportunity arose, I moved over as an IT support engineer. I left after six years to broaden my experience and became IT Manager at Business Link Surrey.
I moved onto Merck Pharmaceuticals and then DMG Events. Finally I did a stint in the NHS for two years at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital before arriving at London Business School six and a half years ago, which is my longest time in a role so I guess that shows that this is a great place to work!
Briefly describe to us your role at LBS…
My core Infrastructure team are responsible for running the School’s network and servers, as well as Information Security. This is fairly complex infrastructure to support, as we have a spread out campus and a relatively large amount of applications to host compared to the non-educational companies I have worked for previously. My Media Services team look after AV installations in the School’s teaching spaces and meeting rooms, and we also provide filming services for academic purposes.
What has been your biggest accomplishment or highlight in the role?
I would have to say the Sammy Ofer Centre. I was involved from the initial planning through to the execution and opening in August 2017. To work on such an iconic building as the Sammy Ofer Centre really was a privilege and I am really proud of what my team achieved to transform the space from a dilapidated building into a world class teaching environment.
How did the Collaborative Learning Classroom project come about, and how will it help to develop learning at LBS?
Initially, it started life as a relatively simple move of the existing PB Lab to another location. However, after François asked if we could create a more collaborative space, with seating arranged in groups rather than rows, the project took a different direction. The brief was now to create a space for 96 students that could host lab sessions, assessments, encourage BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and foster collaborative learning.
We began by creating a pilot space with furniture and technology combined to facilitate a more participative learning environment. We invited faculty and other key stakeholders for feedback and went on to build the space in Plowden Lower Ground.
The Collaborative Learning Classroom opens new pedagogical possibilities compared to our traditional teaching spaces, by enabling classes to flip seamlessly from front of class teaching to students collaborating in their study groups. For example, the lecturer can send materials (documents, videos, etc) out to the study groups to collaborate on and the resulting work from each group can be shared around the screens in the room.
My hope for the space is that it will inspire original and innovative teaching at London Business School.
Away from LBS, what do you like to get up to in your leisure time?
Aside from my love of cooking and eating food, I manage a youth hockey team despite never having played hockey in my life!
Tell us something surprising about yourself…
In my youth I sported a Mohican and played bass guitar.