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Prof Becky Strachan

Deputy Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor

Department: Computer and Information Sciences

Becky 2 Dec 2014

I really enjoy being part of academic life at Northumbria University and value the opportunities this brings to work with students, undertake research in computing and learning and teaching and collaborate with our various partners across the region and more globally.  

I left school unsure whether to study mathematics or chemistry at university. Eventually I went to study Chemistry at the University of Sheffield. I then worked for Sheffield Friends of the Earth setting up a recycling scheme before returning to academic study and completing a MSc in Computer Studies (with distinction) at Sheffield Polytechnic. After this I worked for Midland Bank as a computer programmer before heading off to Leeds Polytechnic as a researcher to investigate the performance of computer networks where I gained my PhD in 1991.

I became a computing lecturer at Leeds Polytechnic specialising in computer networks, and stayed there for several years before moving to Sheffield Hallam University to take up a senior lectureship. During this time I developed an interest in e-learning mainly through leading the postgraduate distance learning courses in computer networks. I also led on business development and spent some of my time as a professional trainer in the IT training facility. Following my appointment to Head of Postgraduate within the Faculty, I became responsible for the postgraduate student experience from those taking fine art degrees through to journalism, computing and materials engineering. I was delighted to take up a senior management role in 2008 here at Northumbria initially with the main focus on learning and teaching but now as Associate Pro Vice Chancellor Knowledge Exchange.

I enjoy living in the vibrant city of Newcastle and being close to the beautiful North East coastline and countryside. I like walking and gardening and spending time with family and friends.

Campus Address

Ellison Building
D Block, Room D109

Key Publications

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  • A System Strategy for Higher Education, Moscardini, A., Strachan, R., Vlasova, T., Pavlenko, I. 1 Feb 2021, In: Performance Improvement
  • Scientist of the Week: evaluating effects of a teacher-led STEM intervention to reduce stereotypical views of scientists in young children, Shimwell, J., DeWitt, J., Davenport, C., Padwick, A., Sanderson, J., Strachan, R. 15 Jul 2021, In: Research in Science and Technological Education
  • Using contributing student pedagogy to enhance support for teamworking in computer science projects, Phillips, H., Ivins, W., Prickett, T., Walters, J., Strachan, R. 7 Jan 2021, Proceedings of the 5th Conference on Computing Education Practice 2021 (CEP 2021), New York, ACM
  • Widening the Aspirations of Young People towards Digital and wider STEM Careers: A Case Study from the DIGISTEM Programme, Dele-Ajayi, O., Anderson, E., Strachan, R., Alufa, F., Ayodele, V., Okoli, A., Fasae, K. 21 Apr 2021, Proceedings of the 2021 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), Piscataway, IEEE
  • A Theory of Change for improving children's perceptions, aspirations and uptake of STEM careers, Davenport, C., Dele-Ajayi, O., Emembolu, I., Morton, R., Padwick, A., Portas, A., Sanderson, J., Shimwell, J., Stonehouse, J., Strachan, R., Wake, L., Wells, G., Woodward, J. 8 Jan 2020, In: Research in Science Education
  • Creating Rainbows: The Road to Success, Strachan, R., Dele-Ajayi, O., Stonehoue, J., Emembolu, I., Poolan, T., Logan, S., Blakelock, L., Bell, R. 1 Apr 2020, Education, Design and Practice - Understanding Skills in a Complex World, Proceedings of the AMPS Conference, June 2019., New York, AMPS - Architecture_Media_Politics_Society
  • Lets diversify by changing culture and challenging stereotypes: a case study from professional construction higher education programmes, Strachan, R., Dele-Ajayi, O., Stonehouse, J., Logan, S., Poolan, T., Blakelock, L., Bell, R. Dec 2020, In: Higher Education Pedagogies
  • Tackling Gender Stereotypes in STEM Educational Resources, Dele-Ajayi, O., Bradnum, J., Prickett, T., Strachan, R., Alufa, F., Ayodele, V. 21 Oct 2020, 2020 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), Piscataway, IEEE
  • Tackling the digital and engineering skills shortage: Understanding young people and their career aspirations, Davenport, C., Padwick, A., Strachan, R., Shimwell, J., Horan, M. 21 Oct 2020, 2020 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), Piscataway, NJ, IEEE
  • The role of universities in modern society, Moscardini, A., Strachan, R., Vlasova, T. 28 Aug 2020, In: Studies in Higher Education

Current and Recent Projects

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  • BRIDGE (Building Routes Into Degrees with Greater Equality) (HEFCE CATALYST), Strachan, B. (Principal Investigator), Higher Education Funding Council for England, 01/03/17 - 28/02/19, £72,925.00
  • Creative Fuse North East, Bailey, M. (Principal Investigator), Strachan, B. (Co Investigator), Arts & Humanities Research Council, 01/01/16 - 31/12/17, £468,671.00
  • Building Partnership and strengthening cooperation in the field of lean manufacturing and services, Strachan, B. (Principal Investigator), Tomas Bata University in Zlin, 04/08/14 - 31/10/14, £1,470.00
  • Think Physics Catalyst Fund, Strachan, B. (Principal Investigator), Higher Education Funding Council for England, 01/01/14 - 31/12/17, £1,176,716.00

PGR Supervision

  • Victor Ayodele Development of a Novel Learning Analytics Dashboard to Monitor and Evaluate Remote Learning Start Date: 01/10/2021
  • Opeyemi Dele-Ajayi How Can Digital Educational Games Be Used to Improve Engagement with Mathematics in the Classroom? Start Date: 05/08/2014 End Date: 07/11/2018
  • Itoro Emembolu Impact of Academic Research through Northumbria’s Physical Sciences, Technology and Engineering Outreach Activities on Improving the Uptake of STEM Disciplines by Young People Start Date: 01/11/2016 End Date: 15/07/2020
  • Jacqueline Adamson A Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Approach to Deliver Employability Effectively to Undergraduate Information Systems Students. An IPA (Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis) Study Start Date: 01/03/2010 End Date: 03/10/2016
  • Lalith Liyanage A Case Study of the Effectiveness of the Delivery of Work Based Learning from the Perspective of Stakeholders in Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences at Northumbria University Start Date: 01/12/2011 End Date: 01/05/2014
  • Isara Kongmee Investigation into the Use of Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs) to Support Second Language Learning and Teaching Start Date: 09/10/2009 End Date: 25/06/2015
  • Amy Phillips A future in data: Training secondary students as data journalists to decrease the digital skills gap and promote media literacy Start Date: 01/10/2019
  • Raphael Eichie The use of interactive screencasts to promote active and engaged learning in the Further Education mathematics classroom: A descriptive case study from North East England Start Date: 01/10/2019
  • Sanaa Aljabali Investigation into international undergraduate students’ use of digital technology and their application in formal and informal settings Start Date: 08/05/2013 End Date: 07/11/2018
  • EMMA GARRICK Start Date: 01/02/2016
  • Shelagh Keogh Development of a framework to guide academic staff in helping students adopt a professional approach to practice in the computer science discipline Start Date: 29/02/2012 End Date: 06/08/2021


  • Education Advanced Diploma June 30 1999
  • Research Methods Advanced Diploma June 30 1997
  • Computer Studies PhD September 30 1991
  • Computer Studies MSc September 01 1986
  • Chemistry BSc July 01 1984
  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE) PFHEA 2019

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