Staff profile

Kim Smith

Interim Head of Discipline and Course Director: Computing




College of Engineering and Technology


Electronics, Computing and Mathematics


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



As Interim Head of Discipline and Course Director for Computing I am responsible for managing both the staff and courses within the area of Computing. I take lead responsibility for health, performance and quality of the Computing courses. As well as the day to day management and development of Computing staff, I also coordinate the duties of Programme Leaders, Module Leaders and Personal Tutors across the discipline.

In addition I am the Programme Leader for the apprenticeship degree BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions (Cyber Security Analyst).

As an academic I also teach and research in the areas of Cyber Security and Computer Networks.

Teaching responsibilities

I lead and teach the postgraduate module Advanced Concepts in Secure Systems, where students learn how to carry out a pen test.

I also teach the postgraduate module Mobile and Wireless Networking which looks at the theory and application of wireless networking.

Professional interests

Research interests

Research interests include Computer Network Management and Wireless Networks. I am currently working towards a PhD by published works in the area of Opportunistic ad-hoc wireless networks.

Membership of professional bodies


Undergraduate qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

Research qualifications

Recent conferences

Experience in industry

Before joining the University of Derby, I spent 30 years in industry developing various types of embedded systems, from scientific instruments to wrapping machines and 3G stacks for mobile handsets.

Additional interests and activities

External Examiner for MSc Computing, MSc Business Computing and MSc Business Intelligence at Birmingham City University (Sept 2015 - ongoing)

External Examiner for MSc in Embedded Microelectronics and Wireless Systems at Coventry University (Sept 2010 – Sept 2014)

External Examiner for MSc Computing and Engineering courses at M. S. Ramaiah University of Applied Science, Bangalore, India (Sept 2011 – Sept 2014)

I've also sat on validation panels at Southampton, East London and Newcastle Universities

In the media

Recent publications

Journal papers

Book chapter

Blog Posts


Kim Smith, Lecturer in Computing at the University of Derby, gives his insight into how technology will evolve in 2017.