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Deborah Adshead

Deborah Adshead PgCLTHE, FHEA, BSc Hons, MCP, MOS

Senior Lecturer in Information Systems


My main area of interests are computing related law, in particular data protection. I am part of the team working to help to improve the teaching of computing in schools. I have a particularly keen interest and am actively engaged in encouraging more females to study and work in the field of computing through a variety of STEM initiatives.

  • About

    I teach/have taught on a variety of modules across the range of courses in Computing. An example of these are Professionalism and Communication Skills, Business Solutions, Digital Marketing, Industrial Expertise, Project Management, Data Warehousing & Data Mining, Introduction to Requirements and Systems Modelling.

    I am currently studying for a LLM by Research. The topic of my dissertation is the impact of the new EU data protection regulations on local authorities. My research aims to assess what changes will be required to compliance policies and procedures once the new regulation comes into effect, specifically how systems development will be affected by the requirement of the new legislation for organisations to implement "Privacy by Design and Default" into any new systems built.

    I am also studying towards completing a Data Protection Practitioner Certificate, accredited by the Law Society and Bar Council, which covers topics such as handling Subject Access Requests and undertaking Privacy Impact Assessments for new computing systems.

    Research Interests

    • Computing Education
    • Data Protection
    • Gender Issues in Computing

  • Publications

    Conference papers

    Adshead, D. (2017). Embedding information rights into higher education in the UK. In Domenech i Soria, J., Cinta Vincent Vela, M., de laPoza, E., & Blazquez, D. (Eds.) 3rd International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’17), Valencia (Spain), 21 June 2017 - 23 June 2017 (pp. 511-519). Editorial Universitat Politecnica de Valencia:

    Adshead, D., & Slack, F. (2017). EU general data protection regulation: the impact on English local authorities. In 17th European Conference on Digital Government (ECDG 2017), Proceedings, (pp. 1-9). Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited:

    Adshead, D., Boisvert, C., Love, D., & Spencer, P. (2015). Changing culture : educating the next computer scientists. ACM Proceedings - Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, 33-38.

    Theses / Dissertations

    Adshead, D. (2016). Impact of EU-GDPR on Local Authorities in the UK. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Reid, A.

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