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1989 …2019

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Personal profile


I am currently a Senior Lecturer and the Subject Lead for the Applied Computing group in the School of Engineering and Computing. I am also the Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Computing Science programme.


Prior to joining the university, I was a lecturer in Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. I have also been a Software Engineering for GEC Marconi developing Trainer and Simulator software systems.


I have extensive experience of course development, validation and quality assurance both internally and externally.

Area of academic expertise - outline

  • Educational research
  • Student retention and achievement
  • Academic Quality
  • Software engineering / Development

Desired research direction

My main research interests are in the areas of student retention & achievement.

Target collaborative companies

To complement my research and experience, I am interested in collaborating with organisations in the following fields:

  • Educational organisations
  • Public sector organisations

Target collaborative organisations

Target Collaborative Organisations would include:

  • Educational organisations eg SQA, QAA, FE & HE institutions
  • Public sector organisations

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

  • Academic Quality
  • Student retention & achievement strategies
  • Teaching & learning approaches
  • Software Engineering

External positions

Subject Specialist Reviewer (Computing), Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education


Sector Panel for Computing & IT, Scottish Qualifications Authority


  • L Education (General)
  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • Computing


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