Dr 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 s.smith@napier.ac.uk

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  • Computing Education
    Computing Education shares many of the same challenges of general education but it also has a few unique challenges which the researchers in this area are exploring through a range of funded projects and collaborative national and international projects.
  • 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. We are also researching student, graduate and employer perspectives on work placements.
    GEP Identity
    To explore the outcomes of 2012 to 2015 Graduate Employability Project, within a theoretical framework focused on identity theory.
    Work Experience Joint Study
    The Work Experience Joint Study investigates computing students’ experiences of getting and completing placements, internships, and other work experience. The aim of the research is to explore student self-identity and identity adaptation among diverse students in two UK universities, with a view...
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    PhD Project Involvement

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    Samuel Chinenyeze (PhD 2012-)
    A model-driven architectural approach for engineering green pervasive systems. With the resource constrained nature of mobile devices and the resource abundant offerings of the cloud, several promising optimisation techniques have been proposed by the green computing research...
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    Recent Publications

    Ramirez, N., Smith, S., Smith, C., Berg, T., Strubel, B., Main, J., Ohland, M. (2016). From Interest to Decision: A Comparative Exploration of Student Attitudes and Pathways to Co-op Programs in the United States and the United Kingdom. International Journal of Engineering Education, , (), .

    Smith, S. (2016). An Exploration of Professional Identity in the Information Technology Sector (Doctor of Business Administration). Edinburgh Napier University (MacKerron, G., Ellis, V.).

    Smith, S., Sobolewska, E., Hunter, D. (2016, ). Exploring student identity and transition through portfolio development. Paper presented at AAEEBL/CRA Understanding the essence(s) of portfolio-based learning., University of Edinburgh.

    Smith, S., Smith, C., Taylor-Smith, E., Fotheringham, J., Dencer-Brown, I. (2016, June). Exploring student identity through a university-wide graduate employability initiative. Paper presented at WACE International Research Symposium, Victoria, Canada.

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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.).