Last updated September 2013
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I am a senior academic in Risk and Assurance within Birmingham City Business School at Birmingham City University. Prior to this, I worked for fifteen years in many roles within two large organisations. This exposed me to a wide variety of different computer platforms and operating systems and different levels of responsibility.
I was responsible for the payroll and human resource system for over twelve thousand employees, and led the ‘y2k’ project to ensure that this system was upgraded for the new millennium. This brought my first exposure to the PRINCE2 project management methodology, and my subsequent training as a PRINCE2 Practitioner. I have run a number of short external courses on the PRINCE2 methodology, and renewed my Practitioner certificate in 2007. I am also an Apple Certified Support Professional and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).
For thirteen years I was an associate lecturer with the Open University, until September 2013. I was involved in a number of initiatives within the region, and for the final four years tutored the new ICT course Communication and Information Technologies. I continued to be a student of the Open University, and have just gained a BA qualification to go with my BSc hons, and MA in Education. I also gained a Certificate in Comtemporary Science in 2009, studying a number of short, but relevant science courses.
My MA in Education stemmed from the Postgraduate Certificate in Education recognised by the HE Academy as appropriate for Fellowship membership of their organisation. My dissertation focused on the use of Project Management within education.
I am in the final year of a PhD in e-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning at Lancaster University. This four year (minimum) course is a professional doctorate, run by CTEL, the Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning.
Before moving back to the Business School, I have taught on the full range of HND, undergraduate and postgraduate courses within the department of computing. Whilst covering many areas, my particular interest is that of Business Computing, Information in Organisations, Soft Systems Analysis, Project Management and Professional Development. I have also represented my university abroad, in partnership visits to Hong Kong and Singapore.
My current teaching focuses on Risk and Corporate Governance, and in particular Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). I am the course director for the MSc Risk Management (Distance Learning), and am currently working on an exciting new MBA Programme in Internal Audit and RIsk Assurance, to be presented for the first time in September 2014.
Outside work, you’ll find me in front of one of my Apple computers, writing or reading, and maybe, just maybe watching Family Guy or the Simpsons.