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Dr Shirley Atkinson BSc(Hons) PhD MBCS CITP FHEA

Lecturer in Information Systems

Brief biographical information

shirley.atkinson@plymouth.ac.uk

    

I have been a Programme Manager for 8 years looking after various programmes in the Computing field.  Currently I am Programme Manager for BSc (Hons) Computing as well as the BSc (Hons) Software Engineering degree in Sri Lanka. I currently taking responsibilty for the ISAD subject panel and previously held responsibility for the SOFT subject group.  

My lecturing builds upon my years of industry experience.  I teach programming in C#, ASP.NET, and PHP.  My teaching focus has been on the rapid development of web technologies over the years.  I currently lead and teach on 5 modules, having been module leader for a number of others over the last 10 years.  I co-deliver to 3 other modules varying from Project Management, Databases and Privacy.  Additionally I have Module Leader responsibilty for 9 modules in Sri Lanka.

During the last 2 years, I have been a keen supporter of the Network of Excellence and the grass roots drive to support Computing Teachers with the new Computing Curriculum.  I initiated the support from Plymouth University for the Computing At Schools Regional Centres and have been Regional Coordinator since the inception of the Regional Centres in 2015. (Computing at Schools South West Regional Centre)

I have lead CAS level 1 subject enhancement for Master Teachers and supporting Computing curriculum across schools in the South West Region.

Previously held positions of repsonsiblity within the community contributing to village committees running village events to more wide reaching activities.  Was a local authority Governor for my village Primary School and have spent over 20 years as a youth leader volunteering with a National Cooperative Children's charity.

My research field is in E-Safety and I has worked alongside Becta, South West Grid for Learning and the Plymouth E-Safety sub-group over the last 10 years.  I continue to supervise PhD students in this field along with my other interests in pedagogy and software engineering.

 

 

Research interests

Pedagogy for programming

Supporting CAS teachers implement the Computing Curriculum

Privacy within all forms of internet medicated comunications

Impact of technology on Domestic Abuse survivors and Teenagers

Internet Safety

Risk and vulnerability

Motivations for online behaviour

Early Years online

Trainee teachers engagement with internet

Education/qualifications

2010, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, FHEA

2008, PhD, Risk reduction through technological control of personal information

2003, BSc (Hons) Computing and Informatics, 1st class

Professional memberships

Member of ENISA Awareness Raising Community

Member of the Plymouth Safeguarding Children's Board E-Safety Sub-group

2016, Member of the BCS Information Privacy Expert Panel (IPEP)

2010, Fellow Higher Education Academy

2009, BCS Chartered IT Professional 

2004, BCS South West, Branch commitee member.  Branch Secretary 2013 - 2015




 

External appointments

  • External Examiner, Canterbury Christchurch University, 2017

Grants and other income

  • Department for Education funding to explore integrating QTS pathway into BSc (Hons) Computing degree, 2016
  • BCS Chatered Institute for IT grant for establishing and running the South West CAS Regional Centre, 2015
  • BCS Chartered Institute for IT grant for Level 1 Master Teacher training, 2014
  • Becta funding to examine peer education in school to support e-safety, 2008

 

Journal papers

Traceability in Model-Based Testing
George M, Fischer KP, Knahl MH, Bleimann U, Atkinson S
Future Internet, Vol. 4, Iss.4, pp1026-1036, 2012
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Massively Multi-Player Online Role Playing Games: What’s the Risk?
Sanders B, Dowland PS, Atkinson S, Furnell SM
Journal of Virtual Worlds Research, vol. 3, no. 3, ISSN: 1941-8477, 2011
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Online Addiction: A Cultural Comparison of Privacy Risks in Online Gaming Environments
Sanders B, Dowland PS, Atkinson S, Zahra D, Furnell SM, Papadaki M
Journal of Multimedia Processing Technologies, vol. 1, no. 3, September, pp181-193, ISSN: 0976-4127, 2010
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Securing the next generation: enhancing e-safety awareness among young people
Atkinson S, Furnell SM, Phippen AD
Computer Fraud & Security, Volume 2009, Issue 7, pp13-19 , 2009
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Improving protection mechanisms by understanding online risk
Atkinson S, Johnson C, Phippen AD
Information Management and Computer Security, vol. 15, vol. 5, 2007
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5 Journal papers

Conference papers

The role of Visualisation in the study of Computer Programming
Alhammad S, Atkinson S, Stuart L
the Proceedings of the 27th Annual Workshop of the Psychology of Programming Interest Group - PPIG 2016, pp. 5-16, Cambridge, UK, 2016
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A Field Study on Linked and Open Data at Datahub.io
Heuss T, Fengel J, Humm B, Harriehausen-Mühlbauer B, Atkinson S
Proceedings of the Eleventh International Network Conference (INC 2016), Frankfurt, Germany, July 19-21, pp79-84, ISBN: 978-1-84102-410-3, 2016
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The Early Years Online
Atkinson S, Staunton T
EU Kids Online II Conference, LSE, September, 2011
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Bridging the gaps in model based testing
George M, Fischer KP, Knahl MH, Bleimann U, Atkinson S
Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Internet Technologies and Applications (ITA 11), 6-9 September 2011, Wrexham, UK, pp 300-307, ISBN: 978-0-946881-68-0, 2011
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Emerging risks in massively multiplayer online role playing games
Sanders B, Atkinson S, Dowland PS, Furnell SM, Papadaki M
EU Kids Online Conference, Friday 23 September, New Academic Building LSE, 2011
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Barriers to E-Safety Peer Education: An analysis of teacher concerns
Atkinson S, Furnell SM, Phippen AD
Proceedings of E-Youth Conference, Antwerp, 27-28 May, 2010
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Online Addiction: Privacy Risks in Online Gaming Environments
Sanders B, Chen V, Zahra D, Dowland PS, Atkinson S, Papadaki M, Furnell SM
Proceedings of the International Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems (MEDES), October 26-29, Bangkok, Thailand, 2010
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Risk culture influences in Internet safety and security
Atkinson S, Furnell SM, Phippen AD
Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance (HAISA 2009), Athens, Greece, ISBN: 978-1-84102-231-4, pp61-70, 2009
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Using peer education to encourage safe online behaviour
Atkinson S, Furnell SM, Phippen AD
EU Kids Online, London School of Economics (online proceedings), 2009
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E-Safety and E-Security: Raising security awareness among young people using peer education
Atkinson S, Furnell SM, Phippen AD
Proceedings of the 8th Security Conference, April, Las Vegas, USA, 2009
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Mobile phones and schools: the development of a taxonomy of risk
Wood R, Atkinson S, Johnson C, Phippen AD
Proceedings of 2007 World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare and Higher Education, pp6911-6919, Chesapeake, Canada, 2007
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Personal Privacy Threats: A taxonomy for risk assessment
Atkinson S, Johnson C, Phippen AD
Proceedings of Second International Conference on Internet Technologies and Applications, 4-7 September, Wrexham, UK, ISBN: 978-0-946881-54-3, pp267-275, 2007
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Vulnerable Groups and the Impact of Technology upon Personal Privacy
Atkinson S, Johnson C, Phippen AD
Proceedings of the International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance (HAISA 2007), Plymouth, UK, ISBN: 978-1-84102-174-4, pp55-66, 2007
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Personal Privacy: Exploitation or Control through Technology
Atkinson S, Jagodzinski P, Johnson C, Phippen AD
Proceedings of the Sixth International Network Conference (INC2006), Plymouth, UK, 11-14 July, pp269-276, 2006
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Semantic Web: A Personal Privacy Perspective
Atkinson S, Jagodzinski P, Johnson C, Phippen AD
Proceedings of The Internet Society II: Advances in Education, Commerce, & Governance conference, (Ed) Morgan, K., Brebbia, C.A, and Spector, J.M. WIT Press, Southampton, 2006
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15 Conference papers

Posters

Health Mobile Cloud Computing in the Developing Countries
Alqahtani N, Atkinson S
Proceedings of the 8th Saudi Students Conference, January 31 - February 1, 2015
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Protecting Society using the Semantic Web
Atkinson S, Johnson C, Phippen AD
Invited poster presentation to House of Commons Reception for Early Stage Researchers, 2007
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2 Posters

Internal publications

E-Safety in the Mobile Context
Legunsen A, Atkinson S
Advances in Communications, Computing, Networks and Security Volume 10, ISBN: 978-1-84102-358-8, pp128-135, 2013
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E-Security Awareness among Developing Nations
Ramar NBS, Atkinson S
Advances in Communications, Computing, Networks and Security Volume 9, ISBN: 978-1-84102-320-5, pp152-158, 2012
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Privacy Dashboard
Tyler-Dimond M, Atkinson S
Advances in Communications, Computing, Networks and Security Volume 9, ISBN: 978-1-84102-320-5, pp109-116, 2012
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E –learning and Password Games
Gardner R, Atkinson S
Advances in Communications, Computing, Networks and Security Volume 9, ISBN: 978-1-84102-320-5, pp95-103, 2012
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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Free e-Safety Software
Padmini DD, Atkinson S
Advances in Communications, Computing, Networks and Security Volume 9, ISBN: 978-1-84102-320-5, pp36-41, 2012
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Agile Limitations and Model-Driven Opportunities for Software Development Projects
Mairon K, Buchheit M, Knahl MH, Atkinson S, Furnell SM, Schreier U
Proceedings of the Sixth Collaborative Research Symposium on Security, E-learning, Internet and Networking (SEIN 2010), Plymouth, UK, ISBN: 978-1-84102-269-7, pp43-51, 2010
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Introducing a Framework and Methodological Guidance for Model Based Testing
George M, Fischer KP, Knahl MH, Bleimann U, Atkinson S
Proceedings of the Sixth Collaborative Research Symposium on Security, E-learning, Internet and Networking (SEIN 2010), Plymouth, UK, ISBN: 978-1-84102-269-7, pp1-10, 2010
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Limiting risks to personal privacy using the semantic web
Atkinson S, Johnson C, Phippen AD
Proceedings of the Third Collaborative Research Symposium on Security, E-learning, Internet and Networking (SEIN 2007), Plymouth, UK, ISBN: 978-1-8410-2173-7, pp3-10, 2007
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8 Internal publications

Technical articles

Technology and the risk to personal safety
Atkinson S
Safe: The Domestic Abuse Quarterly, Issue 22, Summer, 2007
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Internet Technology - how safe is it?
Atkinson S
Safe: The Domestic Abuse Quarterly, Issue 16, Winter, 2006
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2 Technical articles

32 publication(s) - all categories.

Editorships / Refereeing for journals

  • Associate Editor for The Learner Collection, March 2015

Conferences organised

  • Computing At School Regional Centre Conference, September 2017, Plymouth University
  • Future Sync, Multi-track Community Conference, Plymouth University, 2017 : Supported students to organise the event.
  • Computing At School Regional Centre Conference, 2016, Plymouth University
  • Computing At School Regional Centre Inaugural Conference, 2015, Plymouth University
  • DigPen 7, September 2014, Grass-roots community conference with focus on employability for students, Plymouth University.
  • DigPen 5, September 2012, https://storify.com/digpenSW/digpen-v 

Current MPhil/PhD Supervisions

Completed MPhil/PhD Supervisions

Examination of research degrees

2017  "Human visual perceptions in cyber security", Glyndwr

2015   "Towards a taxonomy for privacy protection in online environments: developing methods for assessing and improving personal information security", Glywndwr

2014   "Establishing a mobile phone information security culture : linking student awareness and behavioural intent", University of Fort Hare, South Africa

Invited Presentations, Lectures, etc.

Invited Keynote "Student Employability : Cross-discipline and support for industry", Tech Connect, Met Office, November 2017

Invited presentation "Peer education in Internet Safety" to Insafe (www.saferinternet.org), Latvia, February 2009

Invited presentation, "ICT and Domestic Abuse: A National perspective" for Transnational Conference for IT in conjunction with Stafford Women's Aid, 2007

"Personal Privacy: I've got nothing to hide", BCS South West presentation on Security Research at the University of Plymouth, March 2007

Women's Aid National Conference workshops, 2007 and 2008

Invited speaker at "Young People and Modern Technologies", The Trust for the Study of Adolescence, Manchester, 2006

Other professional/academic activities/roles/duties

 

  • ISAD Subject Panel Chair : 2015 to present
  • Subject Group Leader : SOFT subject group, 2013-2015
  • Computing Programme Committee Chair : 2013-2017
  • Chair Faculty Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee : 2013-2014
  • Secretary BCS Committee : 2013-2016