Paul has a strong technical and academic skillset in the area of infrastructure and network security. He designed, developed and delivers the Masters Network Security module for the MSc in Information Systems Security, and the final year undergraduate module in Network Security Design for the BSc Hons Degree in IT with Networks, and is currently the Programme Lead for the Computer Systems and Networks Subject Group, and the final year Course Leader for the BSc Computer Networks course.
His technical background previous to joining the University was as a Service Manager and building up from scratch a rigorous national service department in an International company which specialised in developing gas monitoring equipment for power stations and breweries in the UK, and Internationally. Paul joined the University as an Instrumentation Engineer for the Electrical and Electronics Department, and later joined the Department of Computing to initially develop their computer network infrastructure alongside the Universities early development. His technical training skills were evident in his professional industry training at the then Training Foundry, as a contractor on a regular basis, teaching Microsoft and Novell courses. He then took up a post as a Lecturer in computer networking as the fledgling area developed over time.
Alongside the primarily academic portfolio of skills, Paul is currently a Certified Instructor in Cisco Security and Networking, having maintained and progressed his Cisco certified training with over 10 years’ experience, as well as the many years’ experience training, designing and supporting Novell and Microsoft network operating systems courses, and has worked with local companies in Sheffield advising and supporting their network systems.