I have been a member of the Department of Computing since the 1980s, so have seen many changes in computing.
My own skills have developed in line with the changes in technologies, from microprocessor programming, though team building of software, multimedia technologies, systems management, and more recently Big Data, Internet of Things, and Data Warehousing
Through this, I have been involved in many Course Designs, and usually take the role of seeing how topics within courses integrate together.
I have been a Faculty Award Winner for inspirational Teaching in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
I have been Academic Quality Lead for the Department of Computing since 2015. This role involves maintaining awareness of national, university and local requirements for ensuring that courses meet their defined standards. I advise teams on their planning applications, liaise with External Examiners, and help students understand their duties and responsibilities.
Prior to this I have served as Programme Lead for Postgraduate and Undergraduate degrees in business-oriented computing (2011-2015). This involved forward planning of the curriculum, new module design or helping colleagues update teaching content, monitoring student experience.
Between 2008-2011 I was the Subject Group Leader for Business Computing. This involved direct line management of a team of around 20 academic tutors. I did capability planning, staff recruitment, mentoring and issue resolution.
In the early 2000s I was heavily involved with multimedia, and taught jointly on technical and on Arts based courses. I was senior technical officer in a national project to develop interactive education using then very new digital television techniques.
During the 1990s I was Course Leader of a unique course, taught jointly with Bordeaux University. We taught a mixed group of French and British student, with me teaching computing in French. I am pleased to still be in contact with a number of graduates, and am delighted to how they are now working all over the world.
Since then I have served other universities as External Examiner, and worked with Huddersfield, Cork, Lannion (France), Brighton, Paris, Abertay, Hertfordshire, Edge Hill and Wrexham. I have also assisted around ten other universities in course planning and validations, including Northern Ireland, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India and Nepal.
Specialist areas of interest
Data Warehousing, Big Data, Data Analytics
Department of Computing
Science, Technology and Arts
Working with community groups & IT specialists, to apply Open Data to help resolve problems with
-- predicting heath episodes from pollution events
- identifying housing vacancies that people on housing benefits may apply for
-- identifying local communities where loneliness amongst elderly people is a particularly significant issue
MSc Big Data
BSc Web Systems Design
However, while I was teaching the “Professionalism &Communication Skills” module (aka Ethics and Study Skils), I was module leader to all 330 undergraduate first year computing students within the department. Hence I have an input to courses much wider than just my own area.
Big Data & Distributed Systems
Innovative Computing Projects
.... and over the years many others
2016 Health Informatics, joint project with local NHS and Faculty of Health & Wellbeing at SHU. My role is to support data acquisition, cleansing and analysis.
Lead author of Internal Academic Review documents.
Teaching experience (module leader) in wide range of IT-related modules, including Data Warehousing (Microsoft SQL Server), programming (C#, ASP.NET, PHP), multimedia (Flash, After Effects), web technologies (Apache), media streaming (Adobe, Microsoft), professionalism & communication skills.
External Examiner at a range of Universities 1996-currrent, including Brighton, Paris VII, Cork, Huddersfield, Dundee Abertay, Hertfordshire, Edge Hill.
Faculty "Insprational Teacher" Award : 2013 & 2014.