Dr Kevin Maher


Head of Academic School


I provide effective leadership and operational management within the School of Business, Computing and Law. This incorporates workload and budget planning, people management and development, course development and delivery, quality assurance, student induction, recruitment activities, research and enterprise, partnership working.

I have expertise in teaching a range of computing, business, project management and science subjects at all levels, including the supervision of undergraduate and PhD student projects. I am particularly passionate about how human factors and user requirements are effectively embedded in the design 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; interface design.

I have formal qualifications and training in software engineering (Certified Software Engineering Specialist - Requirements), project management (PRINCE 2), chemistry (BSc, PhD) and education (PG Diploma). This means that I can successfully contribute to a range of inter-disciplinary teaching and research activities. One current focus of my collaborative research is teaching, learning and assessment as it relates to the delivery of computer science (programming) on undergraduate programmes.

My research experience with projects and PhD supervision is wide and varied, including: computer technology; leadership styles and conflict; carbon cycle of wood products in the kitchen/furniture industry; entrepreneurship in retail; 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 (my PhD specialisation).