Sally Smith

Sally Smith

Dr Sally Smith PFHEA FBCS

Dean of Computing


Sally Smith is the Dean of School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. MA (Hons) in Mathematics at Aberdeen University, Scotland and an MSc in Computer Science at City University, London and a DBA from Edinburgh Napier University. She has worked in the telecommunications and aerospace industries in the UK and Europe. She is the Director of the Centre for Computing Education Research and Project Director of e-Placement Scotland. She is Immediate Past Chair of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing. A Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, her research and teaching interests combine mobile and pervasive computing with pedagogical research. She can be reached at



Media Activity

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


Fellowships and Awards

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


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Sally Smith has been appointed to the Shadbolt Review Group


Conference Activity

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


External Examining/Validations

  • External at Birmingham City University


Membership of Professional Body

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


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