Philip Windridge

Senior Lecturer

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

I have had a varied career as a lithographic plate-maker, factory shop-floor worker, leather-cutter, relay wirer and computer operator before my desire to learn led to me giving up work and entering academia as a full-time student.

I was over the age of 30 when I gained my bachelor’s degree. This allowed me to get a position as a research associate and also to begin my PhD. Since then I have become a lecturer and then a senior lecturer.

My desire for learning has not diminished and I am lucky to work in an environment where this is not uncommon.

Academic qualifications

  • Pg.C. Higher and Professional Education
  • Pg.C. Research Methods
  • BSc. (Hons) Information Systems and Computing


My expertise lie in all things web. Specifically,

  • Web programming
  • Web standards
  • Agile development
  • Ontologies and artificial intelligence
  • Research

Research interests

My research interests and my teaching area are (fortunately) linked by web development. I am especially interested in:

  • technologies associated with the Semantic Web
  • artificial intelligence, intelligent agents and ontologies
  • Test Driven Development (TDD), agile development (in general) and design patterns.

Enterprise and commercial interests

I have worked as a research associate on the Tracker project which researched the idea of being able to reduce rework through decision management. The project was successfully completed in 2004.
I am currently working on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP’s) through Staffordshire University.


My teaching area is in Web Programming – primarily (though not limited to) server-side programming using either PHP or C# with ASP.NET.

I am also involved in teaching general web development including mark-up languages such as HTML5, CSS and XML, and client-side scripting using JavaScript.

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020