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Computer Science Teacher offering programming languages teaching in Bedfordshire ie. Java and Python

My teaching methods are mainly practical with examples and exercises based on the initial theory. Learning programming should be hands-on. I am accustomed to teaching students from 8 to 80 and adapt my teaching methods accordingly. I believe in motivating students to become self-directed learners.

I teach programming languages. For the level(s)primary, secondary, GCSE, as level, a level, BTEC, adult education, undergraduate, masters, diploma, doctorate, beginner, intermediate, advanced, professional, kids.
I give lessons in person, at the student's home.
I give lessons by Webcam.

Sue's Experience

Computer Science Further Education and Higher Education teacher and lecturer.
• I am passionate about teaching, training, learning and assessment. I am keen to share my substantial teaching experience, practical and technical knowledge and contribute to working towards the challenging and worthwhile goal of challenging and motivating students enabling them to achieve their goals, and facilitating fair and valid assessment. I have never been afraid of taking on new challenges, and am very hard-working. knowledgeable, practical, reliable and highly-motivated. I enjoy team-work, am self-disciplined and always produce work to a high standard.
• I am a very experienced, hard-working and self-motivated lecturer/teacher, trainer, apprentice/NVQ assessor, internal verifier, course and programme manager and set myself high standards. I am also very experienced in curriculum development and quality assurance.
• I am passionate about providing student-centred learning and providing a motivating and supportive environment for learners in order to allow all to reach their full potential.
• I am an experienced higher education and further education lecturer having now taught a wide range of subjects at both undergraduate and MSc level at the University of Bedfordshire (as well as previously at Bedford College).

Sue's CV

Key Points from Personal Statement:
• I am passionate about teaching, training, learning and assessment. I am keen to share my substantial teaching experience, practical and technical knowledge and contribute to working towards the challenging and worthwhile goal of challenging and motivating students enabling them to achieve their goals, and facilitating fair and valid assessment. I have never been afraid of taking on new challenges, and am very hard-working. knowledgeable, practical, reliable and highly-motivated. I enjoy team-work, am self-disciplined and always produce work to a high standard.
• I am a very experienced, hard-working and self-motivated lecturer/teacher, trainer, apprentice/NVQ assessor, internal verifier, course and programme manager and set myself high standards. I am also very experienced in curriculum development and quality assurance.
• I am passionate about providing student-centred learning and providing a motivating and supportive environment for learners in order to allow all to reach their full potential.
• I am an experienced higher education and further education lecturer having now taught a wide range of subjects at both undergraduate and MSc level at the University of Bedfordshire (as well as previously at Bedford College).
• I thrive when working under pressure and needing to meet deadlines. This includes timely marking of assignments and provision of feedback, and the writing and collation of QA documentation, reports and reviews aimed at internal management at all levels, as well as external bodies.
• I appreciate the importance of maintaining quality assurance right through the education process from curriculum development, course validation, initial student application/interviews, induction, learning and assessment, and the final moderation and validation of achievements. In my role as course manager I have worked professionally and effectively with internal quality assurance departments (both at Bedford College and the University of Bedfordshire) and with many external verifiers/external examiners from a range of awarding bodies as well as Universities.
• I hold degree level qualifications – including an HND in Computing (Distinction), BVetMed Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine), MSc (Tropical Veterinary Science) and BSc (Physiology), and have experience of academic research at PhD level. In the past I have delivered conference papers and have numerous publications on my research interests.
• I have relevant teaching qualifications including the Level 4 Certificate in Further Education Teaching, and have achieved assessor/verifier awards – the most recent being the Level 4 Certificate in Conducting Internal Assurance.
• Having worked as a visiting lecturer in the University of Bedfordshire’s CST department now for over three years, as well as having substantial contact with the University before then in my role as Higher Education program manager at Bedford College, I am very familiar with both a further education and higher education teaching environment.
• As far as teaching is concerned, one of my principle interests at the University is addressing the issue of student engagement and retention in the first year of studies. I am also involved in employer engagement and, in February 2017 and again in November 2017, arranged almost single-handedly very successful Hackathons at the University in collaboration with my colleagues at TUI, Luton.
• In May, 2017 I was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Outstanding Commitment to Employability prize.
• I appreciate the increasing importance of taking a holistic approach to education – and that learning should be both teacher- and student-driven, that ideas should be shared, and that, above all, learning should be motivating, enjoyable and have an achievable goal. I am also passionate about the increasing potential of the utilisation of mobile technology to transform student-centred learning, and keep up-to-date with the latest trends and ideas about online learning as a part of a blended learning programme. I am particularly interested in the recent discussions and reports on the future of online learning.
• My current role at the University combines my work as a Research Fellow developing a cyber risk assessment of stalking and harassment tool, and a mobile app and associated Police management application for the submission and management of digital evidence of online harassment and stalking with the emphasis on the maintenance of security levels and data integrity in compliance with the requirements of the judicial system, as well as associate / visiting lecturer. The project work is based on the identification of requirements from several stakeholders including Bedfordshire Police and the University of Bedfordshire’s Department of Psychology, the National Centre for Cyberstalking Research and School of Computer Science and Technology,
• At the University of Bedfordshire, I have now successfully taught both BSc undergraduates and MSc students in both the Computing and Engineering faculties. Subjects taught have included - Object-Oriented Programming with C#, Software Engineering, Introduction to Programming (Java), Python and UML, Web Technologies and Platforms, Logical Thinking, Fundamentals of Computer Studies (including Boolean algebra and combinational logic, microcontrollers and assembly language programming), database design, SQL and networking, comparative integrated systems (RMI, XML-RPC, Web Services, SOA and Message Oriented Architecture), and Parallel and Distributed Architecture at MSc level.
• My main specialist interest and skills lie in all aspects of web application development, and I am knowledgeable and experienced in HTML, HTML5, all aspects of client and server side architectures including usability and security issues, web standards, CSS3, JavaScript and jQuery, other JavaScript Frameworks, AJAX, PHP and PHP Frameworks, application usability and accessibility and mobile application development.
• Research interests developed since starting working at the University include big data analysis, R programming and statistical analysis, and developing web services and mobile applications.
• I am continually updating my knowledge of subjects that I teach by self-directed learning, attending conferences and CPD training sessions, and by networking. I recognise the importance of continual professional development (CPD) and have always been proactive in increasing and updating my knowledge via a range of channels.
• I am a Professional Member of the British Computer Society and, as well as joining many specialised groups (including BCS Women in Computing), I am an active committee member of the Bedford branch of the British Computer Society – being nominated as Membership Secretary, Education Liaison Office and Events Organiser. In this latter role, I am responsible for organising meetings and events. In the last few years at Bedford College I initiated, led and personally organised a very successful regular series of talks by experts in a range of fields as a joint venture between Bedford College and the Bedford branch of the BCS. These talks were aimed to engage local SMEs, larger organisations and academics, and were extremely popular and well attended. They benefitted both students and local organisations, and enhanced the profile of both the College and the BCS Bedford branch. I now continue to organise similar events for the Bedford BCS branch and at the University of Bedfordshire.
• As a Bedford BCS branch committee member we work with many partners including the Bedfordshire Police and the staff involved in the force’s Regional Cyber Crime Unit and related projects. In my role as Bedford BCS committee member, I originally set up meetings in 2015 to discuss how the Bedford BCS branch and Bedfordshire Police’s cyber security team could work in partnership to the benefit of the local community. I have also arranged talks by the Regional and Bedfordshire Cyber Crime team for students at the University of Bedfordshire.
• In July, 2015 I organised and led a very successful BCSWomen Appathon at the University in an attempt to beat the Guinness World Record for the number of learners simultaneously learning how to program.
• In the summer, 2014, I was partially responsible for encouraging the students at the University of Bedfordshire to set up a new University BCS Student Chapter, and I have continued to work with and encourage the Chapter committee. This initiative has been extremely successful and the inaugural meeting in October 2014 attracted over 120 students and staff. The development of the BCS Student Chapter facilitates the liaison of students with professional organisations and representatives from both local and relevant industries. Among twice monthly meetings, a ‘Women in Computing’ event took place in February 2015, and Chris Urmson, Project Leader from GoogleX in the USA delivered a very well attended talk in April on Google’s Self-Driving Cars project. The BCS Student Chapter has continued to flourish and a number of events have already been held in the current academic year – including an Introductory Gaming event, a visit to TUI’s Luton headquarters, the TUI Hackathon 2.0, a Fast Lane Programming workshop, two Pen Testing Boot Camps, a talk by Bedfordshire Police on Cyber Crime Prevention and a Rapid Application Development workshop with Sparta Global.
• I am very good at ‘networking’ and appreciate its potential benefits to an educational establishment. For example, this has enabled me to arrange many talks to students by specialists in relevant fields, and by representatives from local businesses. I have developed very close ties with the University of Bedfordshire to the benefit of students, and am currently a member of the Industry Advisory Group.
• I developed my own website to provide ready access to extensive teaching materials and other resources for all my students. This provided a platform for blended learning and for disseminating ideas about innovative methods of learning.
• I have almost 20 years of experience teaching at the University of Bedfordshire and at a Further Education College. I am accustomed to teaching students of all ages from 8 to 88 and of all abilities, and teaching in a multi-cultural environment. I have regularly taught full-time students at a range of levels from Level 1 (pre-GCSE) to Higher Education level, as well as part-time evening classes, and commercial training courses.
• As Foundation Degree and Higher Education Program Manager at Bedford College for many years I am very familiar with the paperwork and processes involved in managing Foundation Degrees, and know very well the University of Bedfordshire staff involved in the management and quality assurance of Higher Education Degrees.
• At Bedford College, I was also responsible for setting up and developing the HNC/HND in Computing and Systems Development which increased by over 100% the number of students enrolling on Computing Higher Education courses and widened the options for Higher Education study. I have also been responsible for the successful introduction of other courses into the curriculum including the Certified Internet Web Professional (CIW) programme.
• As course manager at Bedford College, I have regularly held team meetings to share good practice in teaching and learning, and innovative teaching methods.
• Feedback from learners – especially adult learners – has been excellent. Many students have stated that the learning has been very motivating and has often directly resulted in employment.
• I have achieved Grade One in graded lesson observations conducted by external organisations.
• At Bedford College I was active on many forums and working-groups including the College’s Website Development group, Higher Education Development group, and VLE and TurnItIn Development groups, and was our department’s ‘ambassador’ for Moodle and TurnItIn.
• I have introduced and developed courses covering a range of topics including Digital Marketing, Google Analytics, PPC Marketing, Responsive Web Design, WordPress, JavaScript and jQuery, HTML5, Oracle SQL (Oracle Workforce Development), Mobile Application and Games Development using Corona SDK and Lua, and in Adobe software – and personally written most of the teaching and assessment resources. I also successfully introduced the CIW’s Certified Web Professional programme into the department’s curriculum.
• Over the years I have attained a vast number of relevant professional/vocational qualifications (Open University, CompTIA, Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, CIW, Adobe, City & Guilds and OCR).
• In the past I have acted as City & Guilds assessment consultant and have been involved in assessment writing and validation.
• As well as being employed as a visiting lecturer in the University of Bedfordshire’s Computer Science and Technology department, I am also working as a freelance trainer and website developer.
• I recognise the importance of continual professional development (CPD) and have always been proactive in increasing and updating my knowledge via a range of channels.

Work / Teaching Experience:

Research Fellow (National Centre for Cyberstalking Research) (Luton Campus)
Department of Psychology,
University of Bedfordshire,
University Square
Luton LU1 3JU
Tel: 01(concealed information)
Start date: September 2016
End date: Current employment

Main responsibilities: Examining risk assessment and management of offenders in the online environment a part of a two-year project that analyses the impact and risk associated with cyber harassment on victims, as well as the management of the offenders. Developing a cyber risk assessment of stalking and harassment tool based on the identification of requirements from several stakeholders including Bedfordshire Police and the University of Bedfordshire’s Department of Psychology and School of Computer Science and Technology.
Developing a mobile app and associated Police management application for the submission and management of digital evidence of online harassment and stalking with the emphasis on the maintenance of security levels and data integrity in compliance with the requirements of the UK judicial system.

Visiting Lecturer (Computing and Engineering) (Luton Campus and UCMK)
Department of Computer Science and Technology,
University of Bedfordshire,
University Square
Luton LU1 3JU
Tel: 01(concealed information)
Start date: October 2014
End date: Current employment

Main responsibilities: Lecturing, delivering practicals and seminars in a wide range of computing topics at under-graduate and post-graduate levels. Assessment, marking, providing feedback and curriculum development.
Lecturer in Computing and Course/Programme Manager
Computing Department,
Bedford College,
Cauldwell Street,
Bedford,
MK42 9AH
Tel: 01(concealed information)
Start date: 08/09/2002
End date: 25/04/2014
Reason for leaving / seeking alternative employment: Seeking new challenges

Main responsibilities:
Teaching/lecturing BTEC Level 3 students, Higher Education students (FdSc/HNC/HND), and part-time evening class adults; delivering short 1-day commercial courses (on-site and off-site); and NVQ/Apprentice assessment.
Computing Course/Programme Manager – for a range of programmes and curriculum but ultimately for the Computing Department’s Higher Education courses – and this responsible for monitoring, quality assurance and liaising with external awarding bodies, external verifiers and examiners.
Curriculum development – development of courses and units, and teaching and assessment materials.
Teaching and assessment - providing formative and summary assessment and providing student feedback.
Maintaining quality of learning and assessment.
Liaison with internal departments and external awarding bodies (including BTEC/EdExcel and the University of Bedfordshire) in compliance with quality assurance (QA) procedures.

Associate (ELS) Lecturer in Computing (Bedford College)
Computing Department,
Bedford College,
Cauldwell Street,
Bedford,
MK42 9AH
Tel: 01(concealed information)
Start date: 01/09/2000
End date: 31/08/2002
Reason for leaving / seeking alternative employment: Full-time position as Lecturer in Computing at Bedford College
Computing / IT Trainer at Bedford Learning Centre
Computing Department,
Bedford College,
Cauldwell Street,
Bedford,
MK42 9AH
Tel: 01(concealed information)
Start date: 01/09/2000
End date: 31/08/2002
Reason for leaving / seeking alternative employment: Full-time position as Lecturer in Computing at Bedford College
Other Work / Teaching Experience:
Veterinary Research Assistant (PhD research) and Lecturer
ARC-funded Studies on the Pathogenicity and Immunology of Haemophilus pleuropneumonia in the UK Pig Population
Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, Royal Veterinary College,
University of London
Start date: 05/04/1981
End date: 05/05/1985
Reason for leaving / seeking alternative employment: End of contract
Veterinary Research Officer (Team Leader)
Overseas Development Administration
Start date: 01/12/1978
End date: 31/01/1981
Reason for leaving / seeking alternative employment: End of contract
ODA-funded MSc in Tropical Veterinary Science at the University of Edinburgh
Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine, Royal School of Veterinary Medicine
Overseas Development Administration
Start date: 01/09/1977
End date: 31/08/1978
Volunteer Veterinary Assistant
Department of Agriculture, Oman
Start date: 11/05/1977
End date: 12/08/1977
Veterinary Assistant, General Veterinary Practice
Mr H Dodson, Lanchester, County Durham
Start date: 01/11/1975
End date: 05/03/1977
Veterinary Physiology Demonstrator
University of Khartoum, Sudan
Start date: 05/06/1972
End date: 04/10/1972
Related Experience

I am a Professional Member of the British Computer Society and, as well as joining many specialised groups (including BCS Women in Computing), I am a very active committee member of the Bedford branch of the British Computer Society – being nominated as Membership Secretary, Education Liaison Office and Events Organiser. In this latter role, I am responsible for organising meetings and events. In the last few years at Bedford College I initiated, led and personally organised a very successful regular series of talks by experts in a range of fields as a joint venture between Bedford College and the Bedford branch of the BCS. These talks were aimed to engage local SMEs, larger organisations and academics, and were extremely popular and well attended. I now continue to organise similar events for the Bedford BCS branch.

In the summer, 2014, I was partially responsible for encouraging the students at the University of Bedfordshire to set up a new University BCS Student Chapter, and I have continued to work with and encourage the Chapter committee. This initiative has been extremely successful and the inaugural meeting in October attracted over 120 students and staff. The development of the BCS Student Chapter facilitates the liaison of students with professional organisations and representatives from both local and relevant industries.

I am a member of the University’s Industry Advisory Committee.

Qualifications:

Qualification: CMI Level 3 NVQ in Management
Place of study: Bedford College
Date obtained: 13/09/2010

Qualification: Level 4 Certificate in Conducting Internal Assurance
Place of study: Bedford College
Date obtained: 03/07/2009

Qualification: Level 4 Certificate in Further Education Teaching – Stage 3
Place of study: Bedford College
Date obtained: 01/06/2005

Qualification: City & Guilds NVQ D32 and D33 Assessor Awards
Place of study: Bedford College
Date obtained: 2000

Qualification: City & Guilds NVQ A1 Assessor Awards
Place of study: Bedford College
Date obtained: 2009

Qualification: EDEXCEL/BTEC HND in Computing (Distinction)
Place of study: Bedford College
Date obtained: 01/07/2000

Qualification: MSc in Tropical Veterinary Science
Place of study: University of Edinburgh
Date obtained: 01/11/1978

Qualification: BVetMed – Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine
Place of study: University of London
Date obtained: 01/04/1975

Qualification: BSc Physiology (London) (First Class Hons)
Place of study: University of London
Date obtained: 01/08/1972

Over the years I have attained a vast number of relevant professional/vocational qualifications (CompTIA, Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, CIW, Adobe, City & Guilds, RSA and OCR).

Education and Training:

In recent years I have also undertaken a substantial number of training / CPD courses and programmes. These have been relevant for both academic content and for the development of the teaching / learning experience. Just a few are listed below:

Classroom Behaviour Management, CIM Social Media Marketing Boot Camp, Higher Education Assessment and Assignment Writing, CIM Annual Cambridge Digital Marketing Conferences, Positive Behaviour Management, Building a BTEC HNC Programme, Safeguarding Modules 1 and 2, Google Adwords and Analytics Workshop, Working at a Small to Medium Business Event, Employer Engagement Toolkit, Data - Why does it matter?, Embedding Sustainability in the Curriculum, Improving Websites, Introduction to Search Marketing, CISCO CCNA Networking Home and Small Business, Epilepsy Awareness, ICT Systems and Principles, HE Reference Writing, Centre for Excellence in Teach & Learning – Work-Based Learning, IQER Preparation, Teaching a Grade One Lesson, Employer Responsiveness, Microsoft IT Academy Annual Events, Practical Website Accessibility, Website Promotion and Visibilty by Design, Comptia Security Plus.

Memberships:
British Computer Society (BCS) – Professional Membership (MBCS) – Membership No: (concealed information)

Bedford BCS Branch Committee Member – including the following roles: Membership Secretary, Education Liaison Officer, Events Organiser
Active member of the following BCS Specialist Groups – BCSWomen-SG, Advanced Programming-SG, Agile Methods-SG, Data Management-SG, Project Management-SG (PROMS-G)

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) – Membership No: 4202760
University of Bedfordshire’s Industry Advisory Committee
Institute for Learning (Member) – Membership No: ABO18151

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