Deborah Adshead

Deborah Adshead BSc (Hons), PgCLTHE, LLMRes, FHEA, PC.dp

Senior Lecturer in Information Systems


My main areas of interests are ethics and computing related law, in particular data protection and online jurisdiction.  I am the Athena Swan Champion for the Department of Computing and am passionate about encouraging more females to study and work in the field of computing, which I support through my involvement in a variety of STEM initiatives.



I am a qualified Data Protection Practitioner Certificate, accredited by the Law Society and Bar Council, and have a LLM by Research, obtained in 2016. The topic of my research was the impact of the then newly introduced EU data protection regulations (GDPR) on local authorities. My research assessed what changes would be required to compliance policies and procedures once the new regulation came into effect, particularly how systems development would be affected by the requirement of the new legislation for organisations to implement "Privacy by Design and Default" into future information systems.  Areas of interest include: Computing Law, Ethics and Technology, Online Jurisdiction, Data Protection, Data Sharing and Profiling, and Gender Issues in Computing.


Research Interests

  • Computing Education
  • Data Protection
  • Gender Issues in Computing


Department of Computing

College of Business, Technology and Engineering

Cyber Security and Computer Networks


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



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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