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Post-Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (HE).

PhD “Evolution of Loosely Synchronized Spreading Codes in CDMA Systems”.

BSc Computing Mathematics.


Dr Richard Ward is a lecture in Cyber Security who is enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for the subject with a wide range of students. He has a real passion for introducing computing and security to beginners, and regularly visits both Primary and Secondary schools to deliver Cyber linked workshops. His aim is to teach in a fun, educational and innovative manner whether lecturing on one of our MSc courses or during outreach projects with Primary school children.


Foundation Teaching Areas:
- Cyber Security and Forensics

Undergraduate Teaching Areas:
- Cyber Tools and Processes
- Principles of Computer Programming
- Secure Computer Programming

Postgraduate Teaching Areas:
- Secure Code and Vulnerability Development

Postgraduate Research Areas:
- 1st Supervisor for PhD Student based around Side Channel Attack (SCA) Vulnerabilities and Exploitations


D.H. Smith, R.P. Ward and S. Perkins, “Gold codes, Hadamard partitions and the security of CDMA systems”, Designs, Codes and Cryptography Journal, vol. 51 (2009), pp. 231-243 (ISSN 0925-1022) doi: 10.1007/s10623-008-9257-8.


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

STEM Ambassador Wales.


His academic interests cover a broad range of topics, including coding theory and code assignment, Cyber security and AI, combinatorics, cryptography and encryption. During his PhD, his research focussed on the security of Loosely Synchronous (LS) codes in Code-division Multiple-access (CDMA) systems.

Additional Research Activities: Pedagogy Research – researching the link between feedback and marks, with producing ongoing findings at the CELT Learning & Teaching Conference (2018) and a at the USW Student Experience Plan (2019).

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