Charles is a Professor of ICT and Education. He is the former Director of the Learning Sciences Research Institute at Nottingham and is a developmental psychologist by background. After research at Cambridge, Brown and Strathclyde Universities, he lectured in Psychology at Durham University and was Reader in Psychology at Loughborough University. Much of this work implicates new technology. He was a founder member of the European Society for Developmental Psychology and was formerly editor of the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning.