Contact Piers MacLean

Areas of expertise

  • Human Factors


Piers MacLean has applied his expertise in learning technologies and the psychology of learning to several defence research projects in the applied cognitive psychology domain.

Piers holds an MSc by Research and a BA (Hons) in Learning Technology and Research. He has worked for the Ministry of Defence Civil Service in a variety of teaching and technology support roles including e-Learning Development Manager for the Royal Air Force's Air Warfare Training Management Team and IT Manager. For several years he taught the Arabic language as a lecturer. 

Current activities

Piers has contributed to work on Sequence Acquisition in Weapon Handling via the Human Factors Integration Defence Technology Centre.

He has been involved in other projects including: 

  • Competence Retention (TIN 2.001)
  • Understanding Training Delivery (TIN 2.014 - Task 2)
  • Vehicle Maintainer Skills Fade (TIN 3.045)
  • Training Intervention Optimisation (TIN 2.6)
  • Evaluation of the SA80 Virtual Task Trainer (TIN 3.0510)
Piers’ current funded work for the Defence Human Capabilities Science and Technology Centre examines the use of new learning technologies in defence training and education to enhance competence acquisition and retention, and the use of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) in virtual task trainer environments to support learning processes.


  • US Office of Naval Research
  • Human Factors Integration Defence Technology Centre
  • Defence Human Capabilities Science and Technology Centre


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers


  • Sastry VVSS & MacLean P (2012) Opportunities for technology-enhanced remedial maths. In: Learning at the crossroads of theory and practice : research on innovative learning practices. Van den Bossche P, Gijselaers WH, Milter RG (ed.), Dordrecht ; New York :: Springer, p. 179-198.