Staff profile

Kim Smith

Course Director Computing and Mathematics

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College of Science and Engineering


School of Computing and Engineering


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



As Course Director for Computing and Mathematics I work with the Programme leaders to ensure the health, performance and quality of both the Computing and Mathematical courses with a focus on TEF, NSS and PTES. I report to the Head of School and work closely with others in the School Leadership Team contributing to the wider leadership of the College. As well as the day to day coordination of the duties of Programme Leaders, Module Leaders and Personal Academic Tutors across the discipline.

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

Teaching responsibilities

I lead and teach a couple of postgraduate Cyber Security modules, Advanced Concepts in Secure Systems and Enterprise Security Management. In Advanced Concepts in Secure Systems, we learn how to hack in order to be able to carry out pen tests, a process used to identify weaknesses in a computer system. In Enterprise Security Management we look at the various aspects of how security is managed in an Enterprise system, we also look at the process of carrying out a security quality audit based on ISO27001.

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 Cyber Security and Wireless Networks. I am currently working towards a PhD by published works in the area of Opportunistic ad-hoc wireless networks. These are wireless networks that connect directly to one another, therefore not requiring a wireless access point, and can pass information between two devices even when those devices are not in range of each other.

Membership of professional bodies


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.

International experience

Additional interests and activities

In the media

Recent publications

Book chapter

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