I graduated from North Staffordshire Polytechnic in July 1988 with a First Class Honours degree in Computing Science with French, winning a prize for best student on my course.
After graduating, I worked as a programmer in a computing centre of one of Britain's largest banks.
I have worked as a lecturer and senior lecturer at Staffordshire University since March 1989. I have lectured in Software Engineering and have extensive experience in teaching introductory programming at all levels of study.
My current teaching focuses on: Java programming; the design of software systems; internet and enterprise applications; applications for Android devices; and Software Engineering undergraduate final year projects and Masters dissertations.
In July 2008, I was awarded an MSc Professional Computing with distinction by Staffordshire University. My dissertation examined the use of Java Enterprise Edition and EJB 3.0 to implement systems specified with the JSD (Jackson System Development) method.
I have also been involved in a wide range of consultancy projects, using my expertise in Software Engineering to the benefit of business, industry, and other organisations.
Since January 2011, I have been the course leader for Software Engineering.
In August 2015, I successfully applied to join the university’s Academy of Teaching Excellence Fellows. My project considered how to measure teachers’ impact on students’ learning.