Adam Hughes

Informatics Centre Manager

Adam is the Manager of the University of Chester's Informatics Centre and NTI, two commercial arms of the Department of Computer Science.

Qualifications

BSc (hons) in Computer Science 

Qualified PRINCE2 Practitioner, M_o_R Practitioner 

Currently studying an MSc in Programme and Project Management

Overview

Before joining the University of Chester, Adam had an established background in IT working for organisations across the North West to deliver bespoke projects and general consultancy. After several years working in industry Adam decided to further his knowledge and understanding by undertaking a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.

Whilst reading his degree, Adam accepted a part time role as a software developer. It was here that Adam realised he had found an area of IT he took a particular liking to and decided to progress his career down this path. After graduating in 2010, Adam was offered a Project Co-ordinator position at the University of Chester working within the Informatics Centre.

In 2013, Adam applied and was successful in being appointed the Informatics Centre Manager. Since then Adam’s roles and responsibilities have continued to grow and he has now also taken on management of the NTI. In 2015, Adam played a crucial role in writing a Software Engineering degree for the University and ensuring its successful accreditation and because of these efforts he was nominated the Programme Leader.

Teaching

Adam is the programme leader for Software Engineering overseeing the entire curriculum and maintaining good links with industry and researchers to inform the content.

Adam is the module leader for CO5019 – experiential learning, where students have the option to work in the Informatics Centre for 6 weeks to produce software products for a commercial client whilst being mentored by staff within the Centre.

Adam also supervises undergraduate dissertations and looks for projects with commercial aspects to them or those which are predominately of a software engineering nature.

Adam previously taught CO6027 – Managing a web-based environment, equipping students with the skills and tools to deploy websites and maintain them post-development and appreciating the business environment they will likely be working within.

Research

Adam is not directly engaged with research, however, the Informatics Centre help to build software solutions for research studies and support research in this way.

Adam follows many blogs, experts on twitter and reads books in the following topics:

  • User experience
  • Wearable technology
  • Internet of Things
  • Big Data

Published work

Adam has been responsible for the successful development of some 250+ pieces of software and web applications being utilised by businesses.