Dr Mark Summerfield

Image of Mark Summerfield at the Philharmonie, Berlin.

Lead Developer

Web and Digital Development Team

Contact details

Computer Centre

Elms Road
Edgbaston Campus

Introductory Statement

I joined the Web Services Team in 2005 and am one of the Web Application Developers in the Commercial Development Team.


I have a B.Mus(Hons) from Royal Holloway, a PGCE from Reading University and a PhD in music theory from the Open University ('The Construction of Closure and Cadence in Gustav Mahler’s Ninth Symphony and Das Lied von der Erde').

After completing my first music degree I worked as a programmer for a software house using Visual Basic 6 and SQL Server 6.5. Following that, I worked for a number of years in the University's Clinical Trials Unit where I worked on secure web-based data entry for clinical trials (using ASP.NET 1.0 and Visual Basic.NET). I have also tutored undergraduate music theory as an Associate Lecturer with the Open University.


Roles and Responsibilities

During the past six years I have worked on most areas of the new website including Course Finder, Staff Profiles and the implementation of the current responsive design. I also worked on the Open Day mobile application and most recently I have worked on the Offer Calculator project. This has involved using various permutations of C#, ASP.NET, SQL Server, MVC, ServiceStack, Javascript (including frameworks such as Kendo and Angular) and CSS (bootstrap, etc).