RIP Baba …

He obtained his BSc degree in Educational Sciences from Allameh Tabataba’i University (Iran) in 1979. Initially he taught at primary and secondary schools in his hometown, Tafresh, for many years. Thereafter, he volunteered to defend his country during the Iran-Iraq war and spent more than 40 months in the frontline. He later managed a Teacher Training centre in Yasuj (Iran) for two years followed by performing at a senior position as the Director-general of Ministry of Education of Markazi Province (Iran) and remained there for 4 years. He progressed onto his next accomplishment as the Director-general of Ministry of Education of Bushehr Province (Iran) for a further of 5 years. These years are still regarded by many as the golden period seen in terms of the development of educational infrastructure in such deprived areas all thanks to him. Later, he received his MSc and PhD degrees in Educational Administration from the Islamic Azad University – Science and Research Branch. Afterwards, he progressed forward from a lecturer to senior lecturer and associate professor of Educational Administration while he was the editor in chief for Journal of Educational Administration Research Quartey since 2008. He was the head of Rudehen Azad University for 5 years during this time too.

Last month, I lost my beloved father, Dr. Gholam Hussein Heydari Tafreshi. May Allah rest his soul in peace. To me, he was far beyond this professional biography. To me, he was the purest and kindest soul I have ever witnessed. Last month, I buried a mountain, RIP Baba.

پ ن: بر سنگ مزار پدرم، استاد دکتر حاج غلامحسین حیدری تفرشی، به درستی نوشته شد: در اینجا رادمردی خفته، که قوت را برای قنوت می خواست و ملک را برای ملکوت …

Introduction To Our Courses At SUL Computing

Dr. Maryam Shahpasand got PhD in “Security in Computing” and she has more than 15 years of intensive experience in cyber security teaching and research, professional training, security consultation, forensics investigation, malware analysis, penetration testing, and incident handling. Senior lecturer at Staffordshire University London (SUL) and proficient in security/forensic skills as SME (Subject Matter Expert) for international CBs and projects. She is an IEEE senior professional member and certified CISSP, RCCE, XRY Trainer, CCME, SOC-IR, C|EH, C|HFI. Awarded more than 100,000 GBP research and development fund as project leader and main researcher. Several papers have been published by her research and won gold/silver medals for security and forensic applications and copyright. As Cyber Security course leader at SUL Computing, she leads students through real-world challenges, preparing them to navigate the dynamic landscape of cybersecurity with cutting-edge skills and expertise. Here, Dr Maryam Shahpasand introduces our Cybersecurity courses at undergraduate as well as postgraduate levels …

Dr. Dhuha Al-Shaikhli, a Computer Science lecturer at Staffordshire University London (SUL), specializes in researching learners’ cognitive engagement and self-regulation in learning management systems and computer education. Since joining SUL in 2022, she has taught a variety of courses, including software development, server-side programming, cloud computing, and database technologies, demonstrating her broad expertise. As a Level 4 course leader, Dr. Al-Shaikhli ensures new students transition smoothly from further to higher education, providing essential support and guidance. Here, Dr Dhuha Al-Shaikhli, PhD. introduces our successful Computer Science course running at undergraduate as well as postgraduate levels …

Cisco Certification Event

SUL Computing is proud to be a Cisco Networking Academy too. We recently hosted another successful Cisco certification event, where two Level 5 Cybersecurity students and a recent BSc graduate achieved their CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) certifications. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to these talented individuals Binita MakanjiJoni Rosales and George Hughes. We would like to express our gratitude to our dedicated team and colleagues and, in particular, to Anisa Mkuwu, whose support was invaluable in organizing the event. At SUL Computing, we firmly believe that professional certifications, coupled with a university degree, significantly enhance career opportunities for our students.

SUL Computing Graduation 2023

This cohort of London students was the first group to join me at the new digital campus in London, amidst the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic with all its challenges. They have been studying for three years since then. As their lecturer, I have spent days and even nights engaging with them, both face to face and online, as I was representing the entire university for them, serving as a technical specialist, tutor, mentor, and course leader to name a few. Over time, they have become more like a family to me rather than just learners. I take great pride in their hardworking and passionate nature. It’s not so frequent for an academic to witness so many graduations during their professional career. Last week, one of my graduation ceremonies took place last week, unfortunately, I had to miss it due to work commitments and an overseas conference. Nevertheless, I’m extremely proud to see how concerned I was about their journey in the beginning has now transformed into satisfaction with the quality of education they have received and the bright future that awaits them.

The same feeling, and even more, applies to my PG students – a full cohort comprising 100% international students whose tuition fees, in my personal opinion, are unfairly high. These students have dedicated a long time planning and saving for their education in a new country, facing cultural and language constraints. All they have is hope and a strong work ethic, pursuing a prosperous future. As someone with a similar life story, I genuinely understand the challenges they face, and I am incredibly proud of their achievements today! Congratulations to all the graduates of the Class of 2023 from SUL Computing!

Attending ERASMUS Plus Dissemination & Information Event in Lebanon

I had the privilege of attending the Erasmus Plus dissemination and information event at the Modern University for Business and Science (MUBS), thanks to Prof. Abdel-Hamid Soliman from Staffordshire University. We presented at the Advanced Security and Connectivity workshop as part of the ELEGANT CBHE (Capacity Building in Higher Education) project. Additionally, engaging in insightful discussions with the project’s partners and academics from universities in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Greece, Sweden, Germany, and Poland proved to be very fruitful. We exchanged knowledge and experiences related to striving for better sustainability and quality in higher education, academic mobility, and HE cultural growth. In short, the discussions revolved around Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE). Among the various presentations, I found the discussions on the following topics particularly interesting:

  • Enhancing excellence in higher education through innovation
  • Ensuring a positive impact on society by promoting inclusivity across social classes
  • Traineeship programs for academic mobility (physical/virtual/blended) with governmental support, including the challenges and fostering access and cooperation in higher education
  • Integration and development of transnational study programs through consortium of international universities, addressing the associated challenges and opportunities
  • Capacity building through partnerships and transformative initiatives, ranging from structural reforms of HE systems to the role of women in policy making
  • Designing lifelong learning courses
  • Establishing teaching excellence centers and implementing train-the-trainer programs, sustainability plans and to ensure long-term benefits.

SUL Computing Is Expanding!

SUL Computing is expanding rapidly, and we are thrilled to announce that we are currently recruiting for three Lecturer/Senior Lecturer positions in the fields of cybersecurity and computer science. If you have a passion for teaching in these domains and are looking for an innovative and dynamic environment to develop your career at our futuristic campus in London’s technology hub HERE EAST, then we want to hear from you!


  • PhD or close to completion in Cyber or Computer Science field
  • Demonstrate research ability with a good track record of publications
  • Strong background in at least two of the following skillsets:

1️⃣ Networks & their Security, IoT/IoE, Cisco/CCNP
2️⃣ Data Science, Programming, Artificial Intelligence
3️⃣ Cloud Computing, Virtualizations, AWS

You can find more info and apply here.

MDPI Sensors Journal Special Issue “Internet of Intelligent Things” Call for Papers

The emergence of IoT in business models is on the rise, presenting both new opportunities and challenges. AI enables businesses to leverage data produced by IoT devices (e.g. sensors) to overcome obstacles. Different AI-based solutions, such as knowledge representation/reasoning, data mining and machine learning, may reveal new insights and capabilities beyond human intelligence.

The convergence of AI and IoT can shape our hyperconnected world for the better by enhancing operational efficiency, reducing the cost of risk, improving products and services and mitigating challenges posed by big data produced by IoT devices.

Sensors are a major enabling technology of IoT. Data produced by WSNs require analysis so that appropriate actions can be carried out. This is where AI-based solutions can play an important role.

This Special Issue from MDPI Sensors reviews the applications of artificial intelligence, data mining, machine learning, knowledge representation and reasoning in IoT technologies. It also focuses on emerging and innovative AI-based solutions for solving IoT-related challenges, including scalability, knowledge discovery and handling big data.

The deadline is 31st of August 2023 …

Presenting at ELEGANT Project – Jordan

Just attended ELEGANT project workshop in Jordan and presented two sessions at Princess Sumaya University for Technology. The project is about Enhancing Teaching, Learning and Graduate Employability through University-Enterprise Cooperation and runs between EU & Middle East. The aim was to strengthen the employability skills of graduates and to share best practices in order to develop new forms of industry-oriented education for ICT curricula.
Special thanks to Prof. Abdel-Hamid Soliman and Prof. Walid Abu Salameh for the invite and feedback.
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