My name is Sean Preston and I’m an experienced Senior Lecturer in Computing with a demonstrated history of working in higher education and the web development sector.
I’m currently the Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Computing and BSc (Hons) Web and Mobile Development, an elected member of the Senate and an External Relations Champion at the University of Suffolk, UK. In addition to these roles, I am an External Examiner for the University of Roehampton, UK, an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Educator, Certified Cloud Practitioner, member of the British Computing Society (MBCS) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
I achieved a First Class bachelor’s degree in Computing from the University of Worcester in 2015. I then proceeded to complete a Masters degree in Business Administration (M.B.A) in Executive Leadership and Management in 2017. In 2020, I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PgC) aligned to Descriptor 2 of the UKPSF, leading to an award of HEA Fellowship. I am currently studying for a PhD in Computer Science and Informatics at the University of Brighton under the supervision of colleagues at the University of Suffolk.
I remain active in the web development sector and value the importance of combining business engagement with academic knowledge. Since joining the University of Suffolk, I have held multiple enterprise talks, led several funded enterprise projects and have substantially increased recruitment for the degrees I lead. In 2020, I led the successful validation of two new computing degrees – BSc (Hons) Computing and BSc (Hons) Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.
In 2018, I was fortunate enough to travel to Jinhua, China to lead an intensive module in Web Authoring and Design as part of my role as a lecturer for the University of Worcester. The visit provided me with experience of teaching internationally, Chinese business etiquette and culture.
In 2017 and 2018, a module I led was voted the best computing and business module. In 2020, I was shortlisted for the award of Most Inspiring Lecturer of the Year.
Research interests: web technologies, machine learning, NLP, text mining, social networks, web accessibility, thematic analysis