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PhD (ongoing – started March 18, due to complete 2023)
MA Education & ICT
BMus (Hons)


Currently ASM/Head of Cyber Security, I have considerable experience as a lecturer having taught computing in both Further and Higher Education as well as on a freelance basis. In 2011 I began lecturing in IT Security and was Programme Leader for the Foundation Degree in IT Security at one of USW’s partner colleges and I am now responsible for Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses at USW’s Treforest and Newport campuses. I have delivered presentations on Cyber Security at USW, Newport Summit and Digital 2017 and work closely with industry to ensure that our content is relevant and current. I lead on the development of outreach activities in cyber security to young people. I have delivered a significant amount of training to staff on Teaching, Learning & Assessment, Digital Literacy, Teaching HE in FE, Technology Enhanced Learning and more. In 2016 I became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have also completed a Digital Literacy Practitioners Award. I am passionate about teaching, learner engagement and digital literacy, and am currently researching how authenticity and originality of students’ work can be ensured. I am a mentor for the TSL scheme and HEA at USW, and on the Women In Universities Mentoring Scheme (WUMS).


2017 – present: Head of Cyber Security
2016 – 2017: Lecturer in Cyber Security USW
2015 – 2016: HPL Computing at USW
2006 – 2016: Lecturer in IT and Programme Leader IT Security, Coleg Gwent, Teaching & Learning Mentor
1998 – 2006: Freelance IT Trainer


Academic Subject Manager responsible for Cyber Security programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Lecturer: Cyber Tools and Processes; Professionalism & Governance in Cyber Security (Undergraduate Level); Security Management (Masters Level)
Project Supervisor at MSc and BSc level
Athena Swan Self-Assessment team
Staff mentor (HEA, LEEP)
USW Information Governance Board
USW Academic Misconduct Working Group


2018: Speaker at Cyber Re:coded (Cyber Security Challenge UK conference on cyber careers), “Everyone knows an ant, can’t, move a rubber tree plant”, London
2018: Article for Computing Magazine: “University of South Wales is closing the Skills Gap”, Available at:
2018: Poster presentation “Academic Integrity: to what extent is the student voice heard in existing research into academic integrity”, WiserD Annual Conference, Wales
2018: Plagiarism in Europe and Beyond – Full paper presented ‘The Student Voice: What do we know about students’ perspective of Academic Integrity?‘; Working paper presented ’A practical guide to improving academic integrity in the classroom’, Ephesus, Turkey, Available at
2018: HEA STEM Conference (Paper Presentation) Embedding professional skills for computing (cyber security) students through a creative immersive learning approach 31 January, Newcastle, Available at
2017: Collaborative ways for studying online, InTuition, Issue 30, Winter 2017, p. 19
2017: Collaborative technologies, higher order thinking and self-sufficient learning: A case study of adult learners
Johnson, C. 28 Jul 2017 In : Alt J Research in Learning Technology. 25, 17 p., 1981


Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS)


BCS SFIA+ Skills Editor
Welsh Government Cyber Resilience Board Member


PhD (ongoing) on Academic Integrity and Plagiarism



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