PhD (ongoing – started March 18, due to complete 2023)
MA Education & ICT
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 cyber courses at USW’s Treforest, Newport and Dubai campuses. I have delivered presentations on cyber security and women in cyber at USW, Cyber Re:Coded (2018), Newport City Summit (2018), the National Cyber Security Centre Conference (2018) and Digital 2017, and work closely with industry to ensure that our content is relevant and current. I am a member of the Cyber Resilience Board for Welsh Government, and Wales Women in Stem (WIST).
I lead on the development of outreach activities in cyber security to young people, and have developed CyberFirst activities which have been approved by the National Cyber Security Centre. In 2018 I founded the Women in Cyber Wales group (@womencyberwales) as a sub cluster of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster.
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).
Winner Best Impact in Commerce, Industry and Enterprise for the National Cyber Security Academy (Nov 18)
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
2019: HEA STEM Conference (Paper Presentation), Improving the Learner Lifecycle using Technology (Davies, R., Miknis, M., and Johnson, C.) 30 January 2019, Birmingham, UK
2018: Speaker at National Cyber Security Centre Conference, Presentation on CyberFirst pilot, and joint Welsh Government Presentation on Cyber in Wales, Warwick
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: https://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/news/3062542/university-of-south-wales-is-closing-the-skills-gap-say-it-professionals
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 https://plagiarism.pefka.mendelu.cz/?sec=cp
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 https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/hub
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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