Dr Helen Southall

Senior Lecturer
Helen Southall, Senior Lecturer

Helen worked in the energy and insurance industries for 10 years before joining the University of Chester as a lecturer in Computer Science in 1998.   Her free time is spent hill-walking or cycling with friends and family, playing the clarinet or saxophone, or evading the Zombie hoard courtesy of fitness apps such as Zombies, Run!


Helen Southall has studied at Keele University, Manchester University (UMIST) and the University of Liverpool, completing a B.Sc in Physics and Music, an M.Sc in Computation and a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  Helen has recently completed a PhD.


Helen’s first teaching and facilitation experiences included running science summer schools for young people, and culture change workshops for staff, while working at the BP Research Centre at Sunbury-on-Thames.  Since 1998 she has been employed as a lecturer at the University of Chester, teaching a range of IT-related subjects including programming, systems analysis, project management and research methods.   From 2005 to 2011 she was seconded to the New Technology Initiative, a self-contained training organisation within the university which still runs as part of the Informatics Centre.  While there, Helen was involved in a number of major projects including a JISC-funded software development project, and gaining Accredited Training Organisation status for PRINCE2 and related project and business management qualifications.


Since 2005 Helen has also been working on a part-time Ph.D. project on the live music industry in the Chester area.  Her thesis brings together her long-standing interests in systems, social networks, social history and music.  In the course of this research Helen has presented aspects of her work at a number of conferences and seminars, including the 14th Leeds International Jazz Conference (2008), the National Graduate Conference for Ethnomusicology (2010), ‘World War II and the Media’ (2011), ‘Sites of Popular Music Heritage’ (2011), and the 7th International Conference on the Arts in Society (2012). 

Within the department of Computer Science, Helen enjoys supervising research dissertations at B.Sc and M.Sc levels.  Her main areas of interest are:

  • Digital Humanities
  • Social networks & social networking (e.g. Facebook, Twitter etc)
  • Music and physics for computer games
  • Project, risk and business management 

Published work

'“Total War”: Effects of World War II on the Live Music Industry in Cheshire and North Wales' in World War II and the Media (ed. Chris Hart, Guy Hodgson & Simon Gwyn Roberts) (2015)

"Jazz on the Border: Jazz and Dance Bands in Chester and North Wales in the mid-Twentieth Century" in Jazz Research Journal (2014)

“Brass bands, Sol-fa and Synthesisers”  in Community Music and New Technology (ed. Lee Higgins) (2000)