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Steve is an Associate Professor in the School of Computing and Digital Technology (CDT), having joined Birmingham City University in 2007 direct from the IT industry.
Steve graduated with a degree in Geology from the University of Oxford before going on to study for a Master’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Manchester. He holds over twenty technical certifications.
After graduation, Steve worked for a leading financial software house. His main responsibilities covered technical support, software quality control, software development and systems administration. He has also worked in the voluntary sector supporting IT systems for charities and other voluntary organisations.
His roles within the University encompass leading on learning technologies, the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) Academy and on teaching and learning in the School of Computing and Digital Technology. He is also leading on a number of back-office automation projects. Externally, he is a subject matter expert for the LPI and a member of their Academic Advisory Board, currently leading their curriculum design project. He is also an experienced external examiner and regularly sits on external and internal validation panels.
Steve is a passionate educator and teaches on modules relating to operating systems, cloud computing, networking and computer hardware. He also delivers professional development courses to students, industry professionals and academics.
Steve’s research focuses mainly on the adoption and use of open source software in businesses, but he has also published in areas of IT certification and software defined networks. He is actively engaged with industry, having worked on numerous funded and non-funded projects.