Sally Smith

Dean of School

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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. 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. 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

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  • Software Systems
    The institute's expertise in software engineering encompasses the entire development lifecycle, and we focus on developing the approaches and tools to improve the engineering process of both emerging and widely used software systems.
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    Recent Projects

    e-Placement Scotland
    The project aims to create 1500 paid placement opportunities for computing students studying in any Scottish university or college over the 5 year project.
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    PhD Project Involvement

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    Recent Publications

    Ramirez, N., Smith, S., Smith, C., Berg, T., Strubel, b., Ohland, M., Main, J. (2015, ). Making co-op work: A comparative exploration of student attitudes to co-op programs in the United States and the United Kingdom. Paper presented at World Conference on Co-op and work Integrated Learning (WACE 19th), Kyoto, Japan.

    Smith, S., Smith, C., Caddell, M. (2015). Can pay, should pay? Exploring employer and student perceptions of paid and unpaid placements. Active learning in Higher Education, , (), .

    Smith, S., Kannabiran, G., Laing, S. (2015, November). Strategic Positioning of IT Business Incubators within Universities - A Comparative Study of the United Kingdom and India. Paper presented at Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Glasgow.

    Smith, S., Smith, C. (2015, June). Supporting student transitions to placement: developing a new self-identity. Paper presented at QAA Enhancement Themes, Glasgow.

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    Supervised dissertations

    McMorran, H. (2015). Information Security governance and the adoption of Best Practice Frameworks in the Social Housing Sector (MSc Strategic ICT Leadership). Edinburgh Napier University (Cruickshank, P., Smith, S.).