Dr Kevin Maher


Head of School


Provides effective leadership and operational management within the School of Business, Computing and Law, incorporating workload and budget planning, people management and development, course development and delivery, quality assurance, student induction, recruitment activities, research and enterprise, and partnership working. Expertise in the teaching of a range of computing, business, project management and science subjects at all levels, including the supervision of undergraduate and PhD student projects. Particular emphasis of teaching is upon human factors and user requirements in the design and delivery of usable products with a satisfying user experience. This relates to various contexts where different user and business needs must be addressed: human-computer interaction; games design; business analysis; e-business and Web design; agile software development; programming and interface design. With formal qualifications and training in software engineering (Certified Software Engineering Specialist - Requirements), project management (PRINCE 2), chemistry (BSc, PhD) and education (PG Diploma), successfully contributes to a range of inter-disciplinary teaching and research activities. Current focus of research is teaching, learning and assessment as it relates to the delivery of computer science (programming and coding) on undergraduate programmes. Past and present research projects and PhD supervisions have included: computer technology; leadership styles and conflict; carbon cycle of wood products in the kitchen/furniture industry; entrepreneurship in retail; decoration and conservation of wood products; wood treatment, protection and preservation; chemical and physical modification of wood to create new wood materials; wood extractives; chiral stationary phases for HPLC (PhD).