Dr Peter Stordy

BEd (Manchester), MSc (Essex), PhD (Sheffield), Senate Award Fellow

Information School

Senior University Teacher

Dr Peter Stordy
+44 114 222 2668

Full contact details

Dr Peter Stordy
Information School
Regent Court (IS)
211 Portobello
S1 4DP

Having spent 16 enjoyable years as a deputy head teacher, advisory teacher and school teacher, I retrained as a software engineer and spent the next 4 years working for two leading software companies. During this time, I developed two well-known educational applications: BlackCat Logo and BlackCat Designer. In 2003 I was awarded an Information School PhD scholarship and in 2005 I joined the Information School as a University Teacher. In 2015 I was promoted to Senior University Teacher.

Information School and Faculty Responsibilities

  • Information School Director of Learning & Teaching
  • Information School PLA Lead
  • Module Coordinator of:
    • Database Design (Campus-based)
    • Database Design and Data Management (Distance Learning)
    • Information Organisation (Distance Learning)
    • Information Organisation (Campus-based)
    • Introduction to Programming (Campus-based)

I also teach on many more INF modules.

Research interests

My main research areas include Internet, digital and information literacies, school and HE pedagogy, Appreciative Inquiry (AI), Inquiry-based Learning (IBL), primary education. learning styles and Personal Development Planning (PDP). During my PhD (completed 2012), I explored information management undergraduates’ and their teachers’ perceptions of being Internet literate, of Internet literacy and their Internet-related practices, with the aim of identifying implications for information departments’ pedagogy and curriculum. In particular, it explores the extent to which popular digital native narratives surrounding students’ use of the Internet, coincide with the outcomes of this study.

I am a member of the Libraries and Information Society Research Group.


Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Moore HL, Stock E & Stordy P (2016) Teaching Mechanical Engineering students to suck eggs: a successful approach to teaching information skills. Proceedings of 6th International Symposium for Engineering Education (pp 173-181), 14 July 2016 - 15 July 2016. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download

Theses / Dissertations


  • Stordy PH (2009) Review of 'Information Obesity', by Whitworth, A.. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Stordy PH (2008) Designing and Sharing Inquiry-based Learning Activities: A LAMS Evaluation Case Study, 19-23. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Stordy PH (2008) The REAL way to approach PDP (Information Studies). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Stordy PH (2007) A REAListic Approach to PDP: 'Reflection, Employability And Learning'. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Current PhD students

  • Victoria Edwards: Quality Control of Library e-Book Metadata
  • David Pinto: Self-Discipline System

I am no longer accepting new PhD students

Teaching activities

Excellence in student satisfaction

  • Academic Award winner 2015: ‘Best Student-Staff Committee’
  • Pivotal in raising the Information School’s NSS ratings from 68% to a University leading 95% (2014)
  • Academic Award nomination 2010: ‘Personal Tutor of the Year’

Excellence in teaching & learning

  • Consistently high student evaluation module ratings
  • Senate Award for Teaching Excellence (2012)

Led major programme and module level innovations that promote ‘The Sheffield Graduate’ attributes:

  • Designed and developed four new and innovative modules with inquiry and information literacy at their core
  • Created novel assessments methods that foster ‘deeper’ learning and engagement
  • Developed innovative pedagogies to teach IT to technical and non-technical students

Pioneered the effective use of new teaching technologies and communicated findings outside of the department:

  • First in the University to use Blackboard e-Portfolio to facilitate PDP and in assessments
  • First in the University to use LAM as a teaching tool
  • Used a Blackboard VLE journal to promote deeper learning

Spearheaded innovations in supervision and support

  • Instigated/contributed to seven successful departmental Teaching Assistant training ‘Away Days’
  • Transformed students’ attitudes towards learning academic writing skills and learning IT skills

Promoting information management beyond the University of Sheffield’s Information School

  • Presented ‘Reinventing Exams’ at the Faculty TESS Conference (March, 2015)
  • Regular contributor to the English Language Centre’s Spring and Summer School lecture series
  • First in the University to run promotional sessions at Sheffield International College
  • Coordinated and conducted four ‘outreach’ initiatives
Professional activities

Committee and advisory group membership

Information School:

  • Chair of Teaching Committee
  • Member of Strategy Group
  • Member of Assessment Review Committee
  • Member of Student-Staff Committee
  • Member of Dissertation Working Group
  • Member of Operations Group
  • Member of Teaching Operations Group
  • Member of TEL Committee

Faculty of Social Science:

  • Member of Faculty Learning & Teaching Committee
  • Member of Faculty Postgraduate Directors Committee
  • Member of Faculty Learning & Teaching Spaces Steering Group
  • Member of Faculty Learning & Teaching Innovation and Excellence Sub Group

Other roles

  • Tapton School Governor