Clare Johnson

Clare Johnson


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I am responsible for developing strategic partnerships and educational outreach in the areas of Digital and STEM. A significant part role is to explore innovative strategic approaches which includes inspiring young people to consider careers in Digital and STEM subjects that aligns with industry needs. My background is in Cyber Security and as such I have a specific expertise in this area.

Previous role: Head of Cyber Security, responsible for Undergraduate and Postgraduate cyber courses at USW’s Treforest and Newport campuses. Experienced lecturer with experience in both Further and Higher Education level as well as on a freelance basis. 

I am the founder of the Women in Cyber Wales network, and also collaboratively run a Women in STEM network at the University of South Wales. As part of my commitment to the National Cyber Security Centre’s CyberFirst programme, I have development activities which have been approved under this scheme, as well as actively promoting and supporting the CyberFirst girls competition and CyberFirst Schools initiative. I have delivered presentations on cyber security, women in cyber / STEM, and outreach at events such as CyberUK (2021 and 2019), Jisc (2019), NCSC (2018), Cyber Re:Coded (2018), Newport City Summit (2018) and Digital 2017. I am a member of the Cyber Resilience Board for Welsh Government, the DCMS Cyber Cluster Group and Wales Women in Stem (WIST).

I am project lead for the National Digital Exploitation Centre at Ebbw Vale, which is a collaborative project between USW and Thales, funded by Welsh Government, to improve the cyber security skills pipeline in Wales.

I am also USW's lead for the HEIRF Community Upskilling project, which focuses on improving digital skills within our communities through online training.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS).

I am studying for a PhD in Academic Integrity, having done research around student perceptions of academic integrity, and now developing a software tool for detection academic misconduct in student submissions using digital forensics techniques. In 2020 I took up the role of Chair of the University's Academic Integrity Committee.


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