I am a lecturer within the Divison of Cybersecurity with a focus on introductory programming, software development processes and HCI.
My background is in HCI and previous research has focused on accessibility and user centred design. My current research interests surround usability challenges involved in cyber security in particular the suitability of different authentication methods for children. I am exploring how best to introduce passwords to children and how to embed good cyber security habits in them from a young age.
In addition I maintain an interest in the boundaries between a user's virtual and physical life and how they can protect their identity while engaging in online communities.
The aim of this module is to provide students with the ability to develop simple programs in C++ that illustrate fundamental programming concepts.
The aim of this module is to provide students with the ability to developtheir skills in problem solving and to being to work towards more complex software programs.
CMP 311/308 - Team Project
The aim of this Module is to provide the student with : the opportunity to develop a software product or technical solution by applying design, development and evaluation principles in a team environment.
My research examines the use of passwords by children, how suitable traditional authentication methods and education are for children at the begining of their school careers. At present, children are often expected to use passwords in a similar manner to adults, but recent research suggests that this often happens before they are developmently ready to use them.
I am also interest the overlap between the online/offline worlds and how people navigate between the two. I am particularly interested as to how this relates to the millennial generation. These young adults are the first group of digital natives and are accustomed to sharing their lives inline. I am interested in how this shapes their identity and how they “manage” their online identity, particularly at times of transition.
In addition I maintain an interest in accessible design and the development of assistive technology for adults with complex and multiple impairments.
I was previously employed as a Postdoctoral Researcher on the Knowledge Exchange Hub Design in Action. Within Design in Action my principle research interests lay in developing collaborative approaches between diverse stakeholders and investigating the extent to which the environment around the stakeholders facilitates and shapes their collaborations and relationships.
I was previously a Postdoctoral Researcher on the AHRC Knowledge Exchange Hub Design in Action. This project looked to support relationships between academia and industry. As a result of events run by this project, 17 businesses were created, with a turnover in excess of £2,000,000 and 105 jobs created.
Invited speaker at 2018 North East TechFest - "Baby Photos & Identity Theft - the Role of Parents"