- Student life
- Business & Research
Meet our team of academics, visiting lecturers and practitioners working within the department.
Garfield Southall (Head of School of Computer Science & Mathematics)
As well as managing the department Garfield is a keen runner and takes part in a number of competitive cross-country events across the UK. Aside from being extremely fit, Garfield also specialises in computer programming, business and teaches on the MSc Project Management programme.
Linda Rayner (Deputy Head of School of Computer Science & Mathematics)
As well as assisting Garfield in the management of the department, Linda teaches multimedia games programming on our undergraduate programmes, and teaches Research Methods on MSc Information Systems. Linda studied at University of Chester and worked as a technician in the department prior to lecturing. She has a BSc in Computer Science and Geography and a PhD focussed on Distance and Supported Learning.
Carol has been with the University since 2003, and teaches on a variety of courses - her interests include the use of Microsoft applications in business and also programming techniques - she has taught a myriad of programming languages, from COBOL to Java. Carol is the department assessment officer and another part of her role involves advising staff throughout the University on how to enhance their teaching using technology. In her spare time Carol is renovating her small Victorian house, and when that is complete, is contemplating finding an old barn in France with which to do the same.
Andy has been in the department since 2007. He teaches on numerous computing modules including Digital Media Production, Video and Multimedia Authoring, Digital Technologies and Usability, Web Technologies and Digital Audio. He holds a BSc (Hons) Multimedia Technologies and MSc Interactive Digital Media. Andy specialises in front-end web site development and user interface design, as well as key creative areas across the spectrum, including sound design, animation and DSLR video production. Before joining the University Andy worked in industry on numerous web development and design projects.
Guy teaches multimedia authoring, mobile programming and databases on our undergraduate programmes. Guy holds a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and an MSc in Microprocessing Engineering, both from the University of Bradford. Before lecturing he worked in the telecommunications industry for ten years, and joined the department in 1999.
John teaches systems analysis and programming to our undergraduate students, and programming and knowledge management on MSc Information Systems. John’s qualifications include a BA and PGCE in English, an MA Second Language Learning and Teaching, an MSc Intelligent Knowledge-Based Systems in Manufacturing and a PhD. He joined the department in 1999.
Graham is Programme Leader for BSc Information Systems Management, and teaches e-Business to our undergraduate and postgraduate students. Graham joined the department in 2001 and has a BEd from Lancaster and a BSc in Computing and Statistics from the Open University as well as an MSc information Systems from University of Liverpool.
Mike teaches computer architecture, networks and programming at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Wales and has research interests in network optimisation, modern heuristics and mathematical programming. Mike joined the department in 2013 and has previously lectured at both Coventry and Glyndwr University, where he taught a range of subjects including computational complexity theory, formal methods and algorithm design. He is also a keen guitarist and songwriter.
Andrew joined the University full time in 2008. Andrew is the Programme Leader for Games Development and teaches on the web development and advanced programming modules on the undergraduate programmes. Before lecturing, Andrew worked in the department's Informatics Centre where he specialised in web and mobile application development.
Jan is Programme Leader for BSc Interactive Digital Media and teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate levels specialising in video, audio, interactivity and small screen design. Jan has over 25 years of experience in higher education and holds a PhD in computing in primary education. She is also Director of our Harlequin Project, which enables students to work with community groups and small businesses as part of their academic studies.
Helen gained more than 10 years’ experience in industry and commerce at companies including the BP Research Centre, Excel Logistics, the British Council and Royal & SunAlliance Insurance, before joining the department in 1998, when she initially concentrated on teaching Business IT, Java Programming and Music Technology. From 2005 to 2011 she was seconded full-time to the New Technology Initiative and worked on government-funded research into IT for education, such as the JISC e-Portfolio / PDP project ‘SOLVS’. Since 2011, Helen has taught on undergraduate modules in project management, software development and music technology, and is in the process of completing a Ph.D. on the history of the local music industry, focussing among other things on pre-internet social networks.
Adam is currently a visiting module lecturer, teaching level 4 computer systems to computer science students. Adam studied Information Systems Management gaining a first class with honours degree in 2012. Adam went on to register as a postgraduate research student and is currently conducting research towards a PhD. Adams area of research is the ownership, usage and barriers of mobile devices as academic and organisational tools in higher education. The research is focused with discovering any commonality between the two key stakeholders in higher education, the student and the educator with a view to better informing policymakers through frameworks.
Adam Hughes - Informatics Centre Manager
Adam is the Manager of the University of Chester's Informatics Centre and NTI, two commercial arms of the School. Prior to working for the University Adam worked in the private sector for several IT Consultancy companies, providing advice and support to some 500 organisations across the North West of England and Wales. Adam also teaches on the level 6 module 'Managing a Web-Based Environment' and is involved in helping to shape the department's curriculum.
Matthew Griffiths - Lead Developer
Matt is a Lead Developer in the Informatics Centre. He graduated with a first class degree in Computer Science and is currently studying towards an MSc in Information Systems. Matt has an interest in ASP.NET MVC and Test Driven Development (TDD) concepts and is always looking to keep up-to-date on current practices. Matt is a pet lover and has two German Shepherds and a marine aquarium.
James Flower - Software Developer
James is a software developer in the department’s Informatics Centre who took up the position after graduating from the University with a BSc in Computer Science. Most of his development work is in ASP .NET however James also has skills in iOS development and a keen interest in UI design.
Dominic Langmead - Systems Development Officer
Dom joined the department in 2012 after working for the Informatics Centre as a software developer whilst studying on the Computer Science undergraduate programme. Dominic looks after the Departmental network infrastructure and has certifications in Microsoft Windows Server 2008 & 2012. Dominic is responsible for all of the departmental equipment which varies from cameras to laptop computers and supports students with their studies. Dominic is also a visiting lecturer, helping to deliver the final year module, Network Infrastructure and Management.