Sally Smith

Sally Smith

Prof Sally Smith PFHEA FBCS

Dean of Computing


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 is also involved in 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’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.




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


Media Activity

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


Membership of Professional Body

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


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