Cybersecurity in an Ever Changing World

The all-pervasive and ubiquitous nature of the computer and digital technology has made a profound mark on almost every aspect of our lives. The speed at which individuals, businesses, organisations and governments are utilising digital technology and generating data is increasing at an unprecedented rate.

As the use of computing grows and the dependency on systems and the data held in those systems increases there are many opportunities and challenges for computer science. One of those challenges is dealing with cybercrime. In parallel with the growth of computing there is a growing threat from cybercrime.  Cybercrime has reached pandemic proportions – global and never ending.  The application of digital forensics techniques seeks to solve cybercrime after the event and the application of cybersecurity seeks to develop robust computer systems and networks to prevent the cybercrime happening in the first place.

The cybersecurity domain is a challenging and complex one with technology developing at a fantastic speed and threats coming from all directions from national states to cybercriminals to individuals. Protecting the systems and using data in a safe and secure environment requires specialist understanding and awareness. There is a need for technical cybersecurity specialists to design, implement and maintain secure information systems, applications and networks.

There is however a paradox – there is a large skills gap in the cybersecurity domain and there is a demand for graduates and professionals with appropriate skills in cybersecurity. There is a challenge for educators to work with employers and government to provide programmes to address the skills gap in cybersecurity.

This lecture will examine the evolution of cybersecurity, the growth in demand for cybersecurity graduates and discuss the processes required to address the cybersecurity skills gap.

The lecture will reflect on the personal experiences in research and learning and teaching in digital forensics and cybersecurity. The lecture will consider the effectiveness of addressing the skills gap in cybersecurity and postulate on the educational requirements for the future of cybersecurity.

The lecture will be delivered by Alastair Irons

Alastair is Academic Dean for the Faculty of Computer Science and a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Sunderland – where his subject interests focus on computer forensics and cybersecurity. Prior to joining the University in September 2008 he worked at ONE North East, Northumbria University and ICI having moved to the north east from Scotland after graduating in 1984 from Edinburgh University. Alastair became a National Teaching Fellow in 2010.

Alastair’s current teaching focuses on computer forensics, digital forensics and cyber security. His research interests focus on cybersecurity and digital forensics – currently looking at threat sharing in cybersecurity, methods for digital investigations in “big data”, digital investigations in journalism, gender issues in cybersecurity, as well as the role of computer forensics in South Africa. He is also active in research in academic and pedagogic issues in higher education with particular interest in student assessment and feedback. He has recently published books on Formative Feedback and on Learning and Teaching issues in Computing. He is currently leading a research project on Problem Based Learning in Cybersecurity. Alastair is a visiting scholar at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

He serves on the management board of DYNAMO, the Advisory Board of the North East Digital Catapult and is on the management board of the North East Fraud Forum. He contributes to the British Computer Society through a number of roles and is chair of the BCS Academic Accreditation Committee, sits on the BCS Academy Board, chairs the BCS Cybercrime Forensics Special Interest Group and has recently been elected chair of the BCS NE England branch.

In his spare time Alastair participates in karate where he is a 2nd Dan black belt in Shokokai and is currently working towards his 3rd Dan.

 

Cheers to our 5th year anniversary!

5th year anniversary

Five years ago the University of Sunderland announced that it was to open a campus in Europe’s most important financial centre, as part of its strategic plans. Having long provided a successful and welcoming environment to International, EU and Home students in Sunderland, the strategy was to appeal to the highly competitive international market by delivering the same excellent teaching and student experience students receive in the North East of England, in the heart of London’s Canary Wharf.

Since that launch in 2012, the University of Sunderland in London has continued to see its student population rise and its alumni now numbers over 5,000. Delivering a range of business related programmes, from undergraduate to postgraduate level, there are four student intake cycles a year to meet demand.

5th year anniversary

University of Sunderland Chief Operating Officer, Steve Knight, said: “Since launching the University of Sunderland in London in 2012, our reputation as a provider of first-class higher education and globally recognised qualifications has continued to grow. “Bringing a slice of our Sunderland approach to London and having a physical presence in such an economically important area has raised our profile significantly. Our Canary Wharf site has opened up a range of new opportunities and attracts students from over 100 countries.

“We are continuously developing new opportunities for our University community to benefit from our presence in London – such as our Student Mobility Pilot, which saw 250 Sunderland students experience life in London this summer.

“Celebrating the fifth anniversary of the University of Sunderland in London is an opportunity to thank the team for their flexible and innovated approach and for bringing our long-established ‘Life-Changing’ ethos to the capital.”

 

Ruth Wilson –Head of Services for Students and Marketing, said: “I am delighted to have been a founding member of the senior management team and to have seen London grow and change and develop to the thriving and exciting student and staff community it now is.

“I am so proud of everything we have achieved here in London, we modelled our approach on the good practice we learned in Sunderland but gave it a unique London twist. I think our staff and students are exceptional and working with them every day is a real inspiration for me.

“My vision is to continue doing what we are good at, working closely with our students, always listening to their views and ideas and growing our fantastic student and staff community.”

University of Sunderland Chief Operating Officer, Steve Knight, said: “Since launching the University of Sunderland in London in 2012, our reputation as a provider of first-class higher education and globally recognised qualifications has continued to grow. “Bringing a slice of our Sunderland approach to London and having a physical presence in such an economically important area has raised our profile significantly. Our Canary Wharf site has opened up a range of new opportunities and attracts students from over 100 countries. “We are continuously developing new opportunities for our University community to benefit from our presence in London - such as our Student Mobility Pilot, which saw 250 Sunderland students experience life in London this summer. “Celebrating the fifth anniversary of the University of Sunderland in London is an opportunity to thank the team for their flexible and innovated approach and for bringing our long-established ‘Life-Changing’ ethos to the capital.” Ruth Wilson –Head of Services for Students and Marketing, said: “I am delighted to have been a founding member of the senior management team and to have seen London grow and change and develop to the thriving and exciting student and staff community it now is. “I am so proud of everything we have achieved here in London, we modelled our approach on the good practice we learned in Sunderland but gave it a unique London twist. I think our staff and students are exceptional and working with them every day is a real inspiration for me. “My vision is to continue doing what we are good at, working closely with our students, always listening to their views and ideas and growing our fantastic student and staff community.” Alan Hardie –Director of University of Sunderland in London, added: “University of Sunderland in London stands out at being academically strong with broad and integrated support services wrapped around it. I think because of our size we have a very close affinity to many of our students, seeing them every day.

Alan Hardie –Director of University of Sunderland in London, added: “University of Sunderland in London stands out at being academically strong with broad and integrated support services wrapped around it. I think because of our size we have a very close affinity to many of our students, seeing them every day.

Article by Paul Haustead pressoffice Sunderland

Run for Africa -You can help children access quality education.

University of Sunderland in London

“Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development” – Kofi Annan

It is critically important to realise that there are less privileged individuals in the world, not having access to education. According to a report by UNESCO (2013) there were 4.6 million children were denied the chance to go to school. As an education provider, it is imperative for us to contribute in helping people accessing education. At University of Sunderland in London, we live by our motto “life changing”.  As a student, there are many ways you can get involved and support the cause! You can also boost your CV by joining Team Coco who we proudly sponsor.

Team COCO is a virtual running club dedicated to raising funds for COCO through events and challenges. Members can take as much or as little from the club as they wish! Their virtual running club gives you the support and benefits of being a running club member, but the flexibility to run when suits you. From beginner to ultra-marathon runner, Team COCO will support you in your running efforts and ensure that your running makes a difference, not just to you but to thousands of children in East Africa.

Benefits of being a Team COCO member:

  • Access to the Team COCO members’ forum and Facebook group to share tips and stories
  • Priority to COCO‘s guaranteed charity places in running events
  • Discounted entry to lots of races
  • Special discounts with running brands
  • A welcome letter from COCO co-founder and running legend Steve Cram CBE
  • Not to mention your fabulous orange team COCO running top!
  • And most importantly, the satisfaction of knowing that every stride is making a real difference to disadvantaged children in East Africa

Or if running isn’t your thing…

Masai

Maasai Cycle Challenge
March 2018
Cycle 150km of combined heights higher than Kilimanjaro across Kenyan Maasailand. Experience Maasai culture, spot East African wildlife, and visit the communities your fundraising will support.

MoroccoTrek in Morocco
Easter 2018
An amazing new challenge, combining the contrasting landscapes of the Atlas Mountains, climbing Mount Toubkal, with the trekking in the Sahara Desert. Included in the challenge is a tour in Marrakech and camel rides.
More info and sign up now

Climb Kilimanjaro
June 2018 

The challenge of a lifetime, climbing to the Roof of Africa. A tough physical challenge, but one that you will never forget! Amazing views, fantastic atmosphere and friends for life. Visit communities COCO works with before the trek.

 

Student mobility programme

Student Mobility Programme

Student Mobility

This year we are introducing the ‘Student Mobility Programme’. A capital idea designed to give students from Sunderland the opportunity to discover our London campus and experience all that the city has to offer. The Student mobility programme is for the purpose of academic enhancement, cultural enrichment and diversity in view of the harmonisation between campuses. This is the first year the University has run this project and we are excited to host our student colleagues from the North East and for them to see our city and our wonderful campus.

The Vice-Chancellor Shirley Atkinson, added:

Vice Chancellor

“I’m very pleased to see our Sunderland students experience the cultural, teaching and learning opportunities we offer at University of Sunderland in London. I’m sure our students and staff will make them feel very welcome, and I hope this further enhances their employability and their experience of university life.”

According to studies, a student’s learning environment and their involvement in extra-curricular activities are determinants of career success (Vermeulen & Schmidt, 2008). Our programme encompasses a number of interactive sessions, guest lectures, an IELTS 7 preparation course, company visits and city tours. We are welcoming 250 students and staff from different faculties.

Ruth Wilson, our Head of Services for Students and Marketing, expressed her excitement

University of Sunderland in London

“I am very excited to host our Sunderland peers here in London – 5 years ago when we opened here in London, we knew there would be ambitions for us to give opportunities for our student body to move between sites and to get the opportunity to spend time in both of our wonderful cities. We hope the next project we can get off the ground will be movement between Sunderland, London and our new Hong Kong Campus”.

Our Sunderland pre-registration nursing students will visit hospitals in the capital and will share guest lectures with our nursing students in London. Our International nursing students from Sunderland and London will take part in a two week IELTS 7 preparation course to aid them in their employability post study. This will run as a pilot programme (developed by University of Sunderland in London) with a view to the development of a commercial offer for IELTS 7 which currently runs in a number of colleges across the UK. Business, Tourism and Art, Design and Creative industry students will take part in a number of company visits, trips to galleries and tourist sites as well as having access to guest lectures here at the University of Sunderland in London! Our Tourism society are hosting walking tours for the groups across Greenwich and Canary Wharf.

Students at London campus

University of Sunderland in London

Moreover, our students at London campus are also very enthusiastic to interact and socialise with the groups coming down. They are hosting walking tours, whereby they will guide the students around the city.  Leteechia Rungasamy, an MSc Tourism and Hospitality student in London campus stated “we are really looking forward to meeting our fellow students from Sunderland – as president of the travel and tourism society – we are planning some local tours for the group and showing them around our London campus, and we know they will have a fantastic time and London is such an exciting city to be in!”

 

Boost your confidence at University

Although some of us may think getting into University will be one of the most exciting moment of our life, it can also turn out to be very intimidating if you are shy or lack self-confidence. According to researchers, people who lack confidence and self-belief are most likely to underachieve.

“A man who doubts himself is like a man who enlists in the ranks of the enemy and bears arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by being the first to be convinced of it” Alexandre Dumas

But here is the good news: confidence is a skill that can be developed!

David Lawrence Preston (2005), stated in his book that there are five elements to confidence building.

  • Self-awareness – knowing yourself and acknowledging your weaknesses
  • Intention – you have to make a commitment and stick to the plan
  • Thinking – start by thinking positively and get rid of restrictive attitudes
  • Imagination – think of yourself as a confident person, even if deep inside you are not.
  • Act – Act as if you are confident already

So if you feel lack of confidence has been holding you back at University, here are some tips you can use to combat this.

Join a society

It can be the easiest way to build your self-confidence. You will have the opportunity to meet other students with common interests and eventually have a social-life. It will also reassure you that you are not alone in this situation.

Talk to your personal tutor

If you are having any difficulty with your programme you can talk to your personal tutor. He will assist you with anything that’s stopping you from performing with your full potential.

Share your problems

Confidence is closely related to health and well being. If you are not feeling emotionally or physically well, you can book an appointment with our health and well being manager on the fourth floor.

Talk to our gateway team

Our gateway team is a funny and friendly bunch always ready to help and support you manage the nitty-gritty of your daily life. Whether you are having a problem with your visa if you are an international student or with your accommodation, they will offer you guidance to solve these issues to lighten some weight from your shoulders.

Visit our Careers, Employability and Enterprise Manager

If you are getting stressed or worried about your future, you can visit our career advisor. She will listen to you and guide you to apply for jobs or assign you to training in order to develop your skills.

If you are still not ready to get out of your cocoon and need help, you can drop us a message on Facebook. 

Boost your career with LinkedIn

Linkedin and girls

 LinkedIn is  powerful networking tool that can help open doors to opportunities. It is a social networking platform dedicated to the business community where you can build relationship and grow your network. Although LinkedIn is a “Social networking platform”, you have to keep in mind that it is not for posting your selfies or photos of what you had for lunch. Therefore, whether you are a current student, a graduate or an executive, having a LinkedIn profile that is professionally written is fundamental.  Here are some tips given by our career adviser, Alice McDougall about how you can use LinkedIn to your advantage.

First impression is the last impression

Your first step to success is to create a comprehensive personal profile. You need to take time to update your LinkedIn with a killer headline and pick a high quality profile photo representing the best version of you.

Market yourself to potential employers

In addition to your photo and headline, your summary section is key to market yourself to potential employers. LinkedIn provides you with 2000 words to write a personal statement that can grab some attention. Remember to never leave this section blank!

Highlight your education, work experience and skills

This is your chance to showcase an online resume, so take the time to list significant educational and professional experiences on LinkedIn. Use your CV as a reference to fill this section. Further you can also add your skills, whether it is a second language or technical IT skills. You can also emphasize on your hobbies and voluntary works. Because remember, employers look for more than just qualifications in a candidate.

Build a network of professional contacts

It’s easier to start with your immediate network such as your class mates, your lecturers, work colleagues, your alumni or individuals you have at least had a conversation with. However, if you are looking to connect with new prospects, make sure you write an introduction message before adding them or you may appear as creepy or categorised as ‘that random person’ on LinkedIn.

P.S it is also creepy to stalk profiles excessively!

Find your dream job

LinkedIn is a massive job database to every student and job seekers. However, if you are just updating your profile and wait for potential employers to reach out to you, you are completely missing out. In 2014, LinkedIn introduced their Job search app which you can download for free and it offers recommended tailored jobs for you.

There are many more things you can do with LinkedIn such as:

Discover vital recruitment information

Explore relevant industry news

Join ‘groups’ of special interest to you

Join in relevant discussions

If you are a current student at University of Sunderland in London and want to know more about LinkedIn – you can join our sessions delivered by Alice McDougall – Careers, Employability and Enterprise Manager. The next sessions will be on Tuesday 6th June at 12.30 to 13.30 in Room 202 and on Thursday 8th June 13.30 to 14.30 in Room 208.

 

 

The University of Sunderland in London is delighted to be partnering with Team COCO

At University of Sunderland in London we constantly strive for opportunities to remind our student body of what they can use their studies for, and the good they can pay back. The COCO motto of ListenLearnSustain is a message we hope all our students can adopt and we now look forward to also encouraging them to get more active for a great cause’. This is a chance to remind ourselves of the positive role education can play in changing lives.

COCO is a charity was founded by our Chancellor Steve Cram, providing education to communities in order to create the opportunity for children to break the cycle of poverty. They are currently working in remote areas of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

The importance of education for children cannot be overstated; education promotes better health, improved self-esteem and the development of skills that are essential for making a living in later life.

For 100 million children across the globe, poverty prevents them accessing the education they so desperately need. You can play your part in helping others to help themselves. People living in poor countries don’t want hand-outs; they want the opportunity to transform their lives and the lives of their families. COCO works closely with local community organisations to ensure that the money that you donate is used to maximum effect to give the poorest families hope for the future.

In this increasingly globalised world in which we live, the needs of the world’s less developed countries are coming closer to our doorstep. Each and every one of us has the potential to change the inequalities of the world. You can play your part, however large or small, in eradicating poverty for the most vulnerable children in the world.”  Steve Cram CBE

University of Sunderland in London has teamed up with them to sponsor their new initiative to get people running for a great cause. All the money raised will benefit their overseas programmes and help in improving the lives of children living in poor communities through education. We are looking forward to donning our running vests and logging our miles too – so stay tuned for more info and the chance to get fit for a great cause!

What makes London the best city for International Students?

According to an article by Forbes (2017), with its plethora of world-leading universities and cultural attractions, London is the first choice for international students. Therefore, we have decided to compile a list of reasons we think make London the best city for International students.

The International Student City

London was also ranked as the 3rd best student city in the world (Telegraph, 2017).  Around 100,000 students come to London each year from approximately 200 different countries. With this large number of students travelling to the city it helps in maintaining the diversity which contributes to the vibrant and buzzing atmosphere. Therefore, it increases your opportunity to mingle and network with people from around the world.

Improve your spoken English

English language doesn’t always need to be learned in a classroom. Studying in London is a great way for you to progress in your conversational English abilities. The more you converse with other people in English, the more fluent you will get.

The multicultural experience

London is home to over 5000 museums and galleries including some of the oldest and most famous buildings in the world. The British Museum, the Royal Opera house, the Tate Modern and many more. The city also offers a vast collection of street food markets, restaurants, cafés and even food festivals which allow you to have tastes from every corner of the world.

London is a lively city

There is always something new to try in London – parties, plays, musicals, festivals, museums, pop-up bars and new social media trends. It’s impossible to get bored in London.  Whenever, you feel too overwhelmed you can still rest in one of the lush parks of London that hide beautiful landscapes, a variety of plants and animals.

Transport connectivity and accessibility

You can reach almost anywhere with the London’s fast tube system with around 270 stations that are accessible by foot in most places.  As a student you can get an Oyster card with 30% off all your fares.  Moreover, with the several airports in London and affordable airlines such as Ryanair or Easy Jets, there is no destination that’s out of bounds to you.

Work opportunities

As a student in London, you will have the possibility to work for 20 hours weekly with your Tier 4 visa. London is also known for the number of affluent industries such as fashion, media, finance, hospitality which increase your chances for internships and placement as you finish your degree. Furthermore, with a London degree, no matter where you go in the world, you can be sure to be in high in demand.

You can also read about – Why University of Sunderland in London is right for you?

 

Leadership lessons from bees: Craig Smith coming to speak at the University of Sunderland in London

On the 27th of April, co-author of “The Bee BookCraig Smith is making a visit to the University of Sunderland in London. He will deliver a session on how to lead in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) World. With rapid and shifting requirements from stakeholders, it is often unclear as to where we should look for inspiration and guidance.

“What can we learn about dealing with a VUCA world from an insect with only 1/10000th the neurons of a human being?” 

Craig Smith looks at the way honeybees deal with the challenges of the natural world and he draws interesting parallels that we can apply in our busy and sometimes chaotic working lives. This session will challenge many of the assumptions we have made about how we run our organisations. These assumptions date back to a time when the world was more predictable and stable than it is now. It will not be about entomology, it will be a session about real leadership lessons that we need to learn quickly if our organisations are to survive and thrive going forward.

It will be an opportunity for you to meet and interact with Craig Smith who is a leading Organisational Development consultant who has delivered sessions at universities including Newcastle University, Henley Business School, York St. John University, The University of Portsmouth, Durham University, Teesside University and Northumbria University. Craig also works with organisations such as PepsiCo, Babcock International, Tesco and Tommee Tippee. He is currently working with Flint Spark consulting, delivering innovative facilitation, training and consultancy services to organisations in the public and private sector helping them to lead and manage culture change more effectively. Craig is also with BigPicture Leaning, developing innovative and engaging communication toolkits built around colourful visual metaphors. These toolkits enable organisations to efficiently and innovatively communicate complex visions and strategies to their employees and stakeholders.

Craig has a passion for helping organisations and individuals to achieve their full potential. He believes that work should be engaging, stimulating and meaningful. He helps to create an environment where this is possible regardless the sector you operate in.

 Do not miss out – as it can be #Lifechanging!

Why University of Sunderland in London is right for you?

Choosing a University is possibly one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make in your life. With so much to offer at the University of Sunderland in London here are some reasons why we believe this will be the right choice for you.

 Our location

Based in Canary Wharf, the heart of Europe’s most important financial centre, the University of Sunderland in London is easily accessible from anywhere in London.  With the Jubilee Line and Docklands Light Railway (DLR) on our doorstep, you won’t need to worry about those long commutes.

 

 Feel at home

Our University welcomes students from around the UK and all over the world – a mix of cultures and ages. Whether you’re a school leaver or a mature student, you will never feel out of place. Our strength comes from our diversity. We celebrate events such as Black History Month, Chinese New Year and Diwali to mention a few.

More than an education

We have an array of activities and services that we offer to students in addition to their academic classes. The University has a Careers, Employability and Enterprise service. We offer Sports, Health & Well being and student-led societies. You are provided with opportunities that allow you to develop skills, boost your confidence and enhance your experience.

 Flexible learning options

We offer courses that can help you in further forging your future. For example, if you want to study at degree level but don’t have the right qualifications, courses such as Business and Management (Extended) can provide an alternative route into Higher Education. For more information click here. We also offer undergradute‘Top-Up’ courses which will allow you to upgrade your HND or foundation degree to a Bachelor degree in one year of study. Or if you have a level 7 diploma you may be able to convert this to a full MBA in just a few months!

Our flexible start dates mean you can join us at a time that suits you. We have intakes in August and October January, April.

We try to ensure that your timetable is blocked into intensive number of days on site which can allow you to fit study around family commitments, continue your job or pick up a part time job while studying.

 

 

Some more reasons…

Highest league table climber in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2017)

Ranked in global top 20 for lecture quality (International Student Barometer 2015)

London; Top 3 study destination in the world (QS Student Cities table 2017)

We’ll give you a life changing experience that will prepare you for the future!