Personal profile


I'm a Reader in the Department of Computer Science at Manchester University. I hold a PhD in Computer Science from Aberdeen University and a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Kent at Canterbury.

Before coming to work at Manchester, I was a lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Cardiff University. Prior to that, I worked as a Research Fellow in the Department of Computing Science at Aberdeen.

Other research

Current Projects

My group


I welcome applications from prospective research students in any of the following areas:

  • Git workflows and mining software development behaviour from Git.
  • Test-driven development and behaviour driven development.
  • Software testing applied to semantics-rich technologies (e.g. databases, business rules, semantic web services).
  • The implementation, management and discovery of Business Rules.
  • Data curation/information quality management.
  • Pay-as-You-Go data integration and Data Spaces.

You can find more information about my past and current research from my main home page.  Information about how to apply for PhD study in the School of Computer Science at Manchester is also available online.

Social responsibility

I am co-founder and director of Imago Software, our student software company.

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

Areas of expertise

  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
  • Software testing
  • Agile software engineering
  • Git workflows

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures


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