Amir Minai is a Senior Lecturer in Computing in the Department of Computing. With more than twenty five years’ experience in the UK HE Sector, he has overseen the design, development and delivery of a number of courses and has pioneered innovative pedagogic approaches. These include courses in; Computer systems Architecture, Network & Internet Security, and Cyber Security & Cryptography.
Amir has acted as an external examiner to UK Universities such as; the Open University, on their Undergraduate courses in Web Applications development, over two periods.
Amir is currently an invited member of the Northamptonshire Cyber security Forum, which hold regular monthly meetings at the Office of Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, designed to help local businesses raise their defences against the UK’s fastest growing form of crime.
Amir currently, teaches Cyber Security and Cryptography, Internet Security, and leads a team of 24 academics on the Computing Dissertation modules on both the Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses.
Amir’s research interests centre essentially at the intersection of cyber security and computer security, and the pedagogic aspects of technology assisted learning. In particular, cybersecurity and challenges in integrating Cloud Computing and IOT. He has supervised numerous high level student projects in Cybersecurity. Amir has written a number of internal papers on the development of cutting-edge computing courses, but has also published a number of papers on the Inter-disciplinary nature of teaching Computing and Security courses within the Higher Education sector.
His current pedagogic interest is centred on the challenges of managing the complexity of working with International partners. And in particular, in maintaining the academic quality and standards of supervision and assessment of final year undergraduate computing projects.
- Al-Sherbaz, A., Minai, A., Dravid, R. and Xue, J. (2011) An embedded pedagogic model for computer forensics within an undergraduate programme. Workshop presented to: 7th Annual Teaching Computer Forensics Workshop, University of Sunderland, UK, 10 November 2011. (Unpublished)
- Minai, A., Turner, S. J. and Hill, G. (2008) Motivational differences in learning internet programming between arts and computing students. In: White, H. (ed.) 9th Annual Conference of the Subject Centre for Information and Computer Sciences. Newtownabbey: Higher Education Acadamy, Subject Centre for Information and Computer Sciences. 9780955967603. p. 207.