Sally Smith

Sally Smith

Prof Sally Smith PFHEA FBCS

Dean of Computing

Biography

Professor Sally Smith MA MSc DBA FBCS PFHEA is the Dean of School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. Sally has an MA (Hons) in Mathematics from Aberdeen University, Scotland, an MSc in Computer Science from City University, London and a DBA from Edinburgh Napier University. Sally is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a fellow of the British Computer Society. She has previously worked in the telecommunications and aerospace industries in the UK and Europe.

She is the Director of the Centre for Computing Education Research at Edinburgh Napier University and Project Director of e-Placement Scotland, a Scottish Funding Council project creating paid placements for computing students across Scotland. She also leads on Graduate Apprenticeships at Edinburgh Napier University and is part of the management team of the Digital Skills Partnership, a project designed to improve graduate skills through industry partnership.

Sally leads the universities' Data Driven Innovation Skills activity of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland Region City Deal.

Sally’s research and teaching interests combine mobile and pervasive computing with research into the impact of work placements, student/ professional identity and apprenticeships. Between 2011 and 2018 she was on the committee of the UK Council of Professors and Heads of Computing, serving as Chair between 2014 and 2016.

News

Events

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Sally Smith has been appointed to the Shadbolt Review Group

 

Conference Activity

  • Conference Chair Horizons in STEM Higher Education
  • UK STEM Conference June 2016: A new conference for teaching and learning research in STEM subjects.

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External at Birmingham City University

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Connect Tech 100
  • Sally Smith and Bill Buchanan in Tech 100 for Scotland
  • Fellow of the British Computer Society
  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

 

Media Activity

  • Graduate Apprenticeships - doubling of places
  • Edinburgh Napier gets major funding to teach digital skills
  • Scottish Business News Network
  • Edinburgh Napier University – Bridging the digital skills gap
  • Times Higher Article
  • The code for future success is investing in our graduates
  • Edinburgh Napier takes over as parent organisation to GGS

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Principal Fellowship of Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the British Computer Society

 

Date


61 results

The future of professionalising informatics: a university education perspective.

Presentation / Conference
Smith, S., & Phillips, I. (2015, October)
The future of professionalising informatics: a university education perspective. Paper presented at 11th European Computer Science Summit, Vienna
In March 2015, the Shadbolt Review group was established in the UK to review course accreditation of computer science university courses. The Council of Professors and Heads o...

Strategic positioning of IT business Incubators within Universities - a comparative study of the United Kingdom and India.

Presentation / Conference
Smith, S., Kannabiran, G., & Laing, S. (2015, November)
Strategic positioning of IT business Incubators within Universities - a comparative study of the United Kingdom and India. Paper presented at Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Glasgow, UK
Advances in Information Technology (IT) offers various innovation opportunities. Incubation of IT innovation, with a focus on promoting entrepreneurship, has been a strategic ...

Can pay, should pay? Comparing employer and student outcomes of paid and unpaid work opportunities.

Conference Proceeding
Smith, C. F., Smith, S. & Irving, C. (2013)
Can pay, should pay? Comparing employer and student outcomes of paid and unpaid work opportunities. In Proceedings of the HEA STEM Learning and Teaching Conference (2013): Where practice and pedagogy meet, 114-119. doi:10.11120/stem.hea.2013.0025
This paper looks across and beyond this project to examine the range of placement and work experience forms currently experienced by computing students, and asks the question ...

Progzoo: a gentle introduction to programming.

Conference Proceeding
Smith, S. & Cumming, A. (2006)
Progzoo: a gentle introduction to programming
A fully integrated web-based learning resource has been introduced to support the teaching and learning of Java programming. Students are introduced to features of the languag...

A Perspective on Middleware-Oriented Context-Aware Pervasive Systems

Conference Proceeding
Jaroucheh, Z., Liu, X., & Smith, S. (2008)
A Perspective on Middleware-Oriented Context-Aware Pervasive Systems. In Proceedings - International Computer Software and Applications Conference, 249-254. doi:10.1109/compsac.2009.142
The evolving concepts of mobile computing, context-awareness, and ambient intelligence are increasingly influencing user's experience of services. Therefore, the goal of this ...

A unified approach for the dynamic evolution of context-aware services.

Conference Proceeding
Jaroucheh, Z., Liu, X. & Smith, S. (2011)
A unified approach for the dynamic evolution of context-aware services. In Proceedings of International Conference on Innovations in Computers, Information and Communication - ICICIC 2012

From Skills Development to Skills Use and Articulation: Insights from the Interface Between University and Work.

Presentation / Conference
Caddell, M., Smith, S., & Boyle, F. (2012, March)
From Skills Development to Skills Use and Articulation: Insights from the Interface Between University and Work. Paper presented at QAA Enhancement Themes, Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh
Much work has been dedicated to how universities define graduate attributes and how they can help their students develop these academic abilities, personal qualities and skill...

From Interest to Decision: A Comparative Exploration of Student Attitudes and Pathways to Co-op Programs in the United States and the United Kingdom

Journal Article
Ramirez, N., Smith, S., Smith, C. F., Berg, T., Strubel, B., Ohland, M., & Main, J. (2016)
From Interest to Decision: A Comparative Exploration of Student Attitudes and Pathways to Co-op Programs in the United States and the United Kingdom. International Journal of Engineering Education, 32(5A), 1867-1878
Cooperative education programs (co-op) play a vital role in developing engineering and computing students’ applied technological skills and professional self-confidence. Never...

From employability attributes to professional identity: students transitioning to the workplace.

Conference Proceeding
Smith, S., Sobolewska, E. & Smith, I. (2013)
From employability attributes to professional identity: students transitioning to the workplace. In 2014 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference Proceedings, 1197-1204. ISBN 978-1-4799-3922-0
In order to realize the employment ambitions of graduates we can work with students to facilitate the construction of their identity as members of a global engineering profess...

An approach to domain-based scalable context management architecture in pervasive environments

Journal Article
Jaroucheh, Z., Liu, X., & Smith, S. (2012)
An approach to domain-based scalable context management architecture in pervasive environments. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 16(6), 741-755. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00779-011-0422-0
In pervasive environments, context management systems are expected to administrate large volume of contextual information that is captured from spatial to nonspatial elements....

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