Personal profile


I am a Reader in the Department of Computer Science.

I am now focused on Teaching and Scholarship: my research interests were broadly in the area of Semantic Web, in particular ontologies, vocabularies and the languages used to represent them. I was a member of the Information Management Group


Originally hailing from Edinburgh, I graduated in 1988 with a Mathematics degree from the University of Bristol, and came to Manchester to do post-graduate work on various topics including Category Theory, Type Theory and Logic. In 1992 I went to work at ICL West Gorton on a Teaching Company Scheme. The project was concerned with developing an object-oriented front end to a network database-based software development environment, and made strong use of the O-O language Eiffel. In November 1993 I joined the Medical Informatics Group (MIG), and became part of the IMG in 1997.

Between 1993 and 2004 I was a Research Associate, working on a number of European and National projects including COHSE, WonderWeb, OntoWeb and KnowledgeWeb. 

I was appointed a Lecturer in the School of Computer Science in 2004, Senior Lecturer in 2014 and obtained a Readership in 2020. 


I currently teach the following course units

  • COMP15212 Operating Systems
  • COMP11012 Computational Thinking

In the past I have taught units on Fundamentals of Computation, Ontology Engineering for the Semantic Web, Knowledge Representation and Conceptual Modelling, and Object Oriented Programming with Java.

I have also developed and delivered tutorials on Description Logics, Ontology Engineering, and Knowledge Representation Languages at International Conferences and Summer Schools.

I am Discipline Head of Education for Computer Science.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Institute for Data Science and AI
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute


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