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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
  • 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
  • Using action research to design and evaluate sustained and inclusive engagement to improve children’s knowledge and perception of STEM careers, Emembolu, I., Padwick, A., Shimwell, J., Sanderson, J., Davenport, C., Strachan, R. 10 Mar 2020, In: International Journal of Science Education
  • Barriers and identified solutions to the integration of digital technologies in the classroom, Dele-Ajayi, O., Ayodele, V., Oluwafemi, A., Anderson, E., Strachan, B., Emembolu, I. 1 Apr 2019, Proceedings of 2019 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON 2019), Piscataway, NJ, IEEE
  • 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
  • Encouraging Diversity in Computer Science among Young People, Emembolu, I., Strachan, R., Dele-Ajayi, O., Davenport, C., Shimwell, J. 1 Sep 2019
  • Games for Teaching Mathematics in Nigeria, Dele-Ajayi, O., Strachan, R., Pickard, A., Sanderson, J. 2019, In: IEEE Access
  • Prediction Using LSTM Networks, Arshi, S., Zhang, L., Strachan, R. 30 Sep 2019, 2019 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN), Piscataway
  • Technology-Enhanced Teaching: A Technology Acceptance Model to Study Teachers’ Intentions to Use Digital Games in the Classroom, Dele-Ajayi, O., Strachan, R., Anderson, E., Victor, A. Oct 2019, FIE 2019 Conference Proceedings of the 49th Annual 2019 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Piscataway, IEEE
  • 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

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

  • Amy Phillips Start: 01/10/2019
  • Raphael Eichie Start: 01/10/2019
  • 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
  • Opeyemi Dele-Ajayi How Can Digital Educational Games Be Used to Improve Engagement with Mathematics in the Classroom? Start: 05/08/2014
  • 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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