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Prof Becky Strachan

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


  • 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

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Changing Culture and Challenging Stereotypes: Lets Build Bridges and Diversify!, Strachan, R., Stonehoue, J., Dele-Ajayi, O., Bell, R., Blakelock, L., Logan, S., Emembolu, I. 31 Jan 2019
  • Designing for All, Dele-Ajayi, O., Strachan, R., Pickard, A., Sanderson, J. 7 Mar 2019, 2018 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), IEEE
  • Games for Teaching Mathematics in Nigeria, Dele-Ajayi, O., Strachan, R., Pickard, A., Sanderson, J. 2019, In: IEEE Access
  • Weather Based Photovoltaic Energy Generation Prediction Using LSTM Networks, Arshi, S., Zhang, L., Strachan, R. 14 Jul 2019
  • Contributing to becoming aware of the value of Open Education, Tovar, E., Martin, S., Llamas, M., Caeiro, M., Martinez Bonastre, O., Strachan, B., Castro, M. 1 Jul 2018
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Engineering Education, Strachan, B., Peixoto, A., de los Angeles Martinez, M., González González, C., Plaza, P., Blazquez, M., Castro, M. 1 Jul 2018
  • Exploring Digital Careers, Stereotypes and Diversity with Young People through Game Design and Implementation, Dele-Ajayi, O., Emembolu, I., Peers, M., Shimwell, J., Strachan, B. 1 Jul 2018, 2018 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), IEEE
  • Exploring Gender Diversity and Engagement with Digital Educational Games by Young People, Dele-Ajayi, O., Pickard, A., Strachan, R., Sanderson, J. 3 Oct 2018
  • The MOOC Offer in Open Education, Tovar, E., Cabedo, R., Alzaghoul, A., Martin, S., Llamas, M., Caeiro, M., Bonastre, O., Strachan, R., Castro, M. 15 Nov 2018, Proceedings of 2018 Learning With MOOCS, LWMOOCS 2018, IEEE
  • Who are Interested in Open Education? An Analysis of the Participants in the First MOOC of the IEEE Education Society, Cabedo, R., Tovar, E., Martin, S., Llamas, M., Caeiro, M., Martinez, O., Strachan, R., Castro, M., Reisman, S. 22 Jun 2018, Proceedings - 2018 IEEE 42nd Annual Computer Software and Applications Conference, COMPSAC 2018, IEEE

Current and Recent Projects

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  • BRIDGE (Building Routes Into Degrees with Greater Equality) (HEFCE CATALYST), Strachan, B., Higher Education Funding Council for England, 01/03/17 - 28/02/19, £72,925.00
  • Building Partnership and strengthening cooperation in the field of lean manufacturing and services, Strachan, B., Tomas Bata University in Zlin, 04/08/14 - 31/10/14, £1,470.00
  • Think Physics Catalyst Fund, Strachan, B., Higher Education Funding Council for England, 01/01/14 - 31/12/17, £1,176,716.00

PGR Supervision

  • Raphael Eichie Start: 01/10/2019
  • Amy Phillips Start: 01/10/2019
  • Opeyemi Dele-Ajayi How Can Digital Educational Games Be Used to Improve Engagement with Mathematics in the Classroom? Start: 05/08/2014
  • 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: 01/11/2016
  • Sanaa Aljabali Investigation into international undergraduate students’ use of digital technology and their application in formal and informal settings Start: 08/05/2013
  • Jacqueline Adamson A Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Approach to Deliver Employability Effectively to Undergraduate Information Systems Students. An IPA (Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis) Study Start: 01/03/2010
  • EMMA GARRICK Start: 01/02/2016
  • Shelagh Keogh Start: 29/02/2012


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