Staff profile

Dr Tariq Abdullah

Academic Lead Computing and IT and Research Fellow

Tariq Abdullah at desk with laptop




College of Science and Engineering


School of Computing and Engineering, University of Derby Online Learning


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



With 21+ years of technical and academic leadership experience, I have been associated with the higher education sector since 2001 and worked with universities in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, and Belgium.

I have experience in leading the design, development, and implementation of R&D projects from both industry and academia. I have mostly focused on academia-industry collaboration in my career. I started my industry career as a junior system analyst and moved all the way to project manager. My academic career spans from a PhD researcher at the Delft University of Technology to an ‘Academic Lead in Computing and IT’ at the University of Derby.

I have led and successfully completed collaborative R&D projects with national and international partners like Roche, CERN, HSV Energy, SWN Media Group & NHS. I have provided strategic direction to senior leadership on technology in these projects. I have a proven ability to bring the benefits of IT to solve business issues while delivering applications, infrastructure, costs and risks.

My research is published in high-impact factor journals, books and national/international conferences. I am a reviewer and programme committee member for several journals and conferences. My areas of interest include:

I have extensive experience in developing postgraduate and undergraduate study programs, curriculum development, instructional design, programme evaluation, validation, quality assurance, external examination and applying research-based digital learning practices in both face-to-face and online delivery models. I have also worked on developing customised e-trainings for the education and healthcare sectors.

Research interests

My research interest includes:

I am looking for research students in the above areas. Please feel free to contact me for further details or to discuss your research interest for prospective supervision.

Membership of professional bodies


In the media

Recent publications


A person working on a computer tablet with a larger monitor in the background

As we approach The National Day of Unplugging, a 24-hour period over 6-7 March which encourages people to unplug and do things other than using their electronic devices, Dr Tariq Abdullah, Academic Lead in Computing and IT at the University of Derby highlights the value of disconnecting from digital devices.

The word security on a computer screen

Tariq Abdullah, Academic Lead for Computing & IT at University of Derby Online Learning discusses whether our internet is becoming more vulnerable.