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


I am responsible for developing strategic partnerships and educational outreach in the areas of Digital and STEM. A significant part of this newly created role is to explore innovative strategic approaches which includes inspiring young people to consider careers in Digital and STEM subjects. My background is in Cyber Security and as such I have a specific expertise in this area.

My previous role was as Head of Cyber Security, responsible for Undergraduate and Postgraduate cyber courses at USW’s Treforest, Newport and Dubai campuses. I am a very experienced lecturer having taught at Further and Higher Education level as well as on a freelance basis. I am committed to ensuring that our courses align with industry needs, and am working closely with academics, colleges, schools and industry to facilitate this.

In 2018 I founded the Women in Cyber Wales group (@womencyberwales) as a sub cluster of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster, and as part of my commitment to the National Cyber Security Centre’s CyberFirst programme, I have development activities which have been approved under this scheme, as well as actively promoting and supporting the CyberFirst girls competition. I have delivered presentations on cyber security, women in cyber and outreach at events such as CyberUK (2019), Jisc (2019), NCSC (2018), Cyber Re:Coded (2018), Newport City Summit (2018) and Digital 2017. I meet regularly with Welsh Government and UK Government and I am a member of the Cyber Resilience Board for Welsh Government and Wales Women in Stem (WIST).

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).

Shortlisted Wales STEM Awards 2020: STEM Woman of the Year
Shortlisted National Cyber Awards 2020: Cyber University of the Year
Shortlisted FinTech Awards Wales 2019: Best Academic Programme (July 19)
Winner National Cyber Awards 2019: Cyber University of the Year 2019 (April 19)
Winner USW Best Impact in Commerce, Industry and Enterprise for the National Cyber Security Academy (Nov 18)


2020 – present: Partnerships and Outreach Manager (Digital & STEM)
2017 – 2020: 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


Strategic Manager for partnerships and outreach in digital & STEM subjects
Project Supervisor at MSc and BSc level
Staff mentor (HEA, LEEP)
USW Information Security Steering Group
USW Academic Misconduct Board
National Digital Exploitation Centre (NDEC / Thales) partnership (Education)Previously:
Academic Subject Manager responsible for Cyber Security programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Lecturer: Security and Threat Management, Cyber Tools and Processes; Professionalism & Governance in Cyber Security (Undergraduate Level); Security Management (Masters Level)



  • Johnson, C.& Davies, R. (2020), Using Digital Forensic Techniques to Identify Contract Cheating: A Case Study, International Journal of Academic Ethics, Springer Nature, Available at:

  • Johnson, C. (2019), University of South Wales national cyber security academy – creating cyber graduates who can ‘hit the ground running’: an innovative project based approach, Higher Education Pedagogies, Taylor & Francis, Available at:

  • Digital Bitesize Workshop on Cyber Security for Welsh Government

  • Speaker at CyberUK 2019, CyberFirst, Glasgow, 24 April 2019

  • Speaker at Jisc Networkshop47, Diversifying the workforce, Nottingham, 9 April 2019

  • Contributor to Jisc News Article: Why it’s important that women help plug the cyber skills gap, Available at:, March 19

  • Video clip for National Cyber Security Centre for International Women’s Day 2019, March 19, Available at:

  • HEA STEM Conference (Paper Presentation), Improving the Learner Lifecycle using Technology (Davies, R., Miknis, M., and Johnson, C.) 30 January 2019, Birmingham, UK

  • Johnson, C. & Reddy, M. The Student Voice (2018), What We Know About the Students’ Perspective of Academic Integrity, Towards consistency and transparency in academic integrity. Razı, S., Glendinnig, I. & Foltýnek, T. (eds.). Berlin: Peter Lang, p. 17-31(book chapter), Available at:

  • Speaker at National Cyber Security Centre Conference, Presentation on CyberFirst pilot, and joint Welsh Government Presentation on Cyber in Wales, Warwick, Dec 18

  • 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, Oct 18

  • Article for Computing Magazine: “University of South Wales is closing the Skills Gap”, Available at:

  • Poster presentation “Academic Integrity: to what extent is the student voice heard in existing research into academic integrity”, WiserD Annual Conference, Wales

  • 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, May 18

  • HEA STEM Conference (Paper Presentation) Embedding professional skills for computing (cyber security) students through a creative immersive learning approach 31 January, Newcastle, Available at

  • Collaborative ways for studying online, InTuition, Issue 30, Winter 2017, p. 19 (Magazine article)

  • Johnson, C. (2017), Collaborative technologies, higher order thinking and self-sufficient learning: A case study of adult learners
    In : Alt J Research in Learning Technology. 25, 17 p., 1981, (Journal article)


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
DCMS Cyber Cluster Group Member


National Cyber Security Centre CyberFirst Schools Programme
UK CSC Formation Project, Workstream 5: Developing the Profession: Community Challenge Group Member


PhD (ongoing) on Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Areas of Expertise

BBC Wales “Cyber-security: Push for girls to look at careers in the industry”, (2019)



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