My name is Ola Aiyegbayo.
Welcome to my personal space on the Internet where I share thoughts on things I find interesting and projects I am working on.
Once upon a time, I was an academic researcher but now I am now a freelance user researcher. My career journey is on Linkedin
I am currently looking for new freelance research projects so reach out via email for a chat if you have some interesting projects that need research input.
Also, check out some of my past creative side projects below. I am keen to collaborate with interesting folks working on cool stuff so if any of my past or current projects resonates with you then for goodness sake contact me via Twitter (DM open) or email. I would love to hear from you. 🙂
BHM Bookmark Design:
I designed a bookmark for the 2023 Black History Month. 4900 copies were distributed across 99 Kent Libraries. Read more about the project here
Interview about the 1949 Nigerian football team’s UK tour with “The Brazilian Shirt Name” podcast hosts to celebrate 2021 Black History Month.
‘We’re Town’ is an audio project series on female football fans of Huddersfield Town A.F.C. talking about their passion for the club.
This audio series focus on snippets of valedictory despatches by former British ambassadors to Nigeria. A valedictory despatch is the last official diplomatic letter by an outgoing British ambassador before leaving his or her post. This is usually a reflective and observational account summing up the ambassador’s time and experience in a posted country. Nigeria got its independence from Britain in 1960. Between 1960 and 2006, there were 16 British ambassadors to Nigeria. I have secured valedictory despatches for 8 of these sixteen ambassadors.
- For more information about my 2016 Black History Month Cartoon exhibition – click here
- I worked with a local media production company (Pictures and Noise) in 2015 to produce four talking head videos of academic colleagues (National Teaching Fellows) from University of Huddersfield sharing good practice stories.
- The British Education Research Association (BERA) awarded me the 2012-13 BJET Fellowship to conduct a research project which evaluated the academics’ use of iPads for academic purposes. This short animation is based on some of the project’s key findings.
I facilitated several small group-based LEGO workshops with colleagues (academics and support staff) at the University of Huddersfield. These workshops got participants to think with their hands by building LEGO models. LEGO bricks enable you to visualise thoughts, ideas and reflections using metaphors and storytelling (Nerantzi & Despard, 2014). The workshops employed some of the principles of the LEGO® Serious Play methodology.
I designed, organised, and facilitated 10 iPad (and other tablets) Coffee Club workshops at the University of Huddersfield between 2013 – 2017. These informal staff development sessions provided the space and opportunity for attendees to learn from both the facilitator (me) and fellow attendees about useful apps and good tablet practices. Learn more about the Coffee Club via this project blog