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Leading Our Digital Future

Our diverse computing courses will equip you with the technical, creative and theoretical background to understand and influence the future of our digital economy. You will learn to understand and recognise the challenges and opportunities presented by the constantly evolving innovations in data and technologies, whether your interest lies in forensics/security, data science or computer science.

We want to support you to have a real-world impact and to foster your creative and technological skills, as well as your ability to be expansive, independent and imaginative thinkers and practitioners. Our academic staff are industry professionals and our practice-based, industry-focussed and collaborative approach will enable you to gain hands on experience in your chosen field. Utilising all that our dynamic city and region has to offer, this is a school where innovative research is helping us to forge ever deeper links with corporate, public and professional organisations, ensuring that you graduate with both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to be successful in your future career. 

Our state-of-the-art facilities provide the foundation for developing your passion for computing into skills and learning for life, whether you’re analysing and interpreting digital evidence in our Computer Forensics lab or testing networks in our specialist computing labs. 

We are delighted to welcome curious and self-motivated multi-taskers, keen to take advantage of our unique student societies, industrial placement/internships and apprenticeships. We develop you as a person and as a student and prepare you for the real world of transformational work in the digital sector. 



90% of BSc (Hons) Computer Forensics and Security students agreed that staff are good at explaining things.

source:(National Student Survey 2020)


100% of BSc (Hons) Computer Science students were satisfied with their course.

source:(National Student Survey 2020)


Course videos

BSc (Hons) Computer Forensics and Security

Hear from research assistant Holly, and Computer Forensics student Christopher, about what they most enjoyed about the course, and the skills and opportunities it has provided them.

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Professional Body Accreditation

Our BSc (Hons) Computer Forensics & Security and BSc (Hons) Computer Forensics are accredited by The Chartered Institute of IT. The accreditation is evidence of the high quality of our courses and ensure that, through regular re-assessment, our courses remain fully aligned with current industry standards and expectations. 

You can be confident that you will be studying an up-to-date course which will equip you with both academic knowledge and the hands-on practical skills that employers value.


Featured staff

Paul Doney

Paul Doney

Head of Subject | 0113 81 23713

Paul is the Head of Subject for Computing and has more than 20 years of experience working in HE. Paul is an active researcher with interest in persuasive technology.

During Paul's long career in HE and has taken on numerous leadership roles, including course leadership and the role of Subject Group Leader. He oversaw the expansion of the computing curriculum from a single course to a portfolio that included the emerging specialist areas of Computer Forensics and Security and more recently Data Science.

Paul has recently turned his attention to building a stronger research profile and is currently enrolled on a part time research degree. Working with colleagues under the banner of 'Assistive Technologies' Paul has started to investigate ways in which Persuasive Technology can be applied to systems promoting behaviour change in a more effective manner.

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Dr Jacqueline Campbell

Dr Jacqueline Campbell

Course Director | 0113 81 23745

Jackie is the Course Director for the MSc Data Science, BSc (Hons) Computing, Computing for Business and BSc Data Science (starting 2020). Also Masters and Undergraduate Apprentice degrees in Digital & Technology Solutions. Her teaching areas focus around data - databases, data analytics, database security and data science.

Jackie had a varied career in the computing sector before gaining a role at the university, undertaking roles in IT support and testing, then moving into database development, systems analysis and team leading. Later she worked as a database consultant specifically on data warehousing projects.

Her passion for data has driven her teaching areas drawing on interesting stories and case studies to provide context and application to the subject. She is an expert in enquiry based learning which involves presenting 'the problem' to the students to explore, research and find solutions for. In this way the students are able to own their learning and the pace at which they work whilst investigating real issues. As a senior teacher fellow she uses technology and...

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Margaret Chawawa

Margaret Chawawa

Senior Lecturer | 0113 81 27597

Margaret is a Senior Lecturer with 17 years’ work experience in Higher Education and a Fellow (2005) and a Senior Fellow (2015) of Higher Education Academy (HEA). During this period Margaret have taken on different leadership roles such as coordinator for overseas delivery in Hong Kong, Final year Under Graduate Project leadership, Deputy Coordinator Academic Integrity, College Validations Panel Membership to mention but a few.

Margaret is an active researcher with interest in Strategic Digital Technologies and Technology Enhanced Learning. She has several years’ experience in Course Leadership in Information Systems and Business Information Management courses playing a key role in curriculum development of these in the past. She has developed a new current course Business Information Technology which received its approval to run in July 2012 and this has added to the computing course portfolio.

Margaret is pursuing a part- time PhD research degree, strengthening her research profile in Digital pedagogies and Technology Enhanced Learning. Her research focuses on use of Technol...

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Dr Cliffe Schreuders

Dr Cliffe Schreuders

Reader | 0113 81 28608

Cliffe completed his PhD in Computer Security at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia. There he gained experience teaching a wide range of subjects including computer security, software development (including amongst other languages: C, Java, and Perl), Linux / Unix system administration and security, IT project management and digital collaboration, and web development. Since 2012, Cliffe is a Senior Lecture in computer security at Leeds Beckett University, UK, where he develops curriculum and teaches a wide range of digital security topics, such as security theory and practice (including defence, investigation, and response), forensics, information security management, and ethical hacking.

Cliffe's research activities include security usability, developing new security models, and free and open software and culture media distribution (please refer to the section below for more about his research work). Cliffe is comfortable with a wide range of programming languages, and his experience includes Linux kernel and Qt/C++ development, and he has worked in industry on Linu...

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