Dr Siobhan Devlin

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Principal Lecturer: Learning and Teaching

As a Principal Lecturer: Learning and Teaching, I work with colleagues across the institution and within our Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT). I lead on Learning, Teaching and Assessment in the Faculty of Technology and I'm part of the Faculty Management Team.

My academic background is varied: I hold a PhD in Natural Language Processing (Automatic Text Simplification), an MSc in Computer Based Information Systems, an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and a BA (Hons) in Classics. I have supervised and examined PhDs in Natural Language Processing, Information Classification and Retrieval, Internationalisation of Higher Education, and TESOL.

My research interests in recent years have focused on pedagogy and in particular student engagement, motivation and identity; assessment and feedback; and graduate employability in Computer Science.

Teaching and supervision

I am Module Leader for our innovative 100 credit module Fundamentals of Computing. This module is taken by all first year students in the School and seeks to integrate the various sub-disciplines of computing to contextualise student learning. My specific focus within this module are Software Engineering and Context.

I am also Module Leader for the final year capstone project (dissertation) module taken by all students on the six undergraduate courses.

Research interests for potential research students

  • Pedagogy in Computer Science
  • Graduate Employability in Computer Science


Number of items: 12.


Hayes, Catherine, Fulton, John, Devlin, Siobhan, Westwood, Diane, Garfield, Iain, Beardmore, Phil, Archer, David, Collins, Michael and Bingle, Lewis (2016) Perception of academic learning environments and perceived impact on articulation of employability; a mixed methods study. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education (10). ISSN 1759-667X

Devlin, Siobhan, Liang, Shaofen and Tait, John (2007) Investigating Sentence Weighting Components for Automatic Summarisation. Information Processing and Management, 43. pp. 146-153. ISSN 03064573

Garfield, Sheila, Devlin, Siobhan and Wermter, Stefan (2005) Spoken Language Classification using Hybrid Classifier Combination. International Journal of Hybrid Intelligent Systems, 2. pp. 13-33.

Conference or Workshop Item

Devlin, Siobhan, Hayes, Catherine and Westwood, Diane (2016) Using LEGO SERIOUS PLAY to Facilitate Student Identity and Belonging in Higher Education. In: Learning and Teaching Festival, Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching, University of Sunderland Learning Enhancement Annual Conference, 24-26 Apr 2016, Sunderland, UK. (Unpublished)

Devlin, Siobhan and Unthank, Gary (2015) Will embedded eportfolio-based supervision lead to greater student engagement in a capstone project? In: Mahara Hui UK, 9-10 Nov 2015, Southampton Solent University, UK.

Devlin, Siobhan, Hayes, Catherine and Westwood, Diane (2015) Helping students find their inner graduate using LEGO SERIOUS PLAY. In: Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching, University of Sunderland Learning Enhancement Annual Conference, 3 Jul 2015, University of Sunderland, UK. (Unpublished)

Westwood, Diane, Devlin, Siobhan and Hayes, Catherine (2015) Finding your Inner Graduate through Metaphor and Storymaking. In: Researching, Advancing and Inspiring Graduate Engagement (RAISE), 10-11 Sep 2015, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK. (Unpublished)

Irons, Alastair and Devlin, Siobhan (2012) Inspiring teaching in higher education. In: 17th Annual SEDA Conference - Excellence in Teaching: recognising, enhancing, evaluating and achieving impact, 15 - 16 Nov 2012, Aston Business School, Birmingham.

Irons, Alastair and Devlin, Siobhan (2012) The Inspiring Teacher in Computing. In: STEM Annual Conference 2012 - Aiming for excellence in STEM learning and teaching, 12 Apr 2012 - 13 Apr 2012, Imperial College and The Royal Geographical Society London , England, SW7 2AZ.

Irons, Alastair, Devlin, Siobhan, Fielding, S and Robson, S (2012) Inspiring Teaching. In: 3 Rivers Conference, 29 March 2012., Teesside University, Middlesbrough.

Devlin, Siobhan and Unthank, Gary (2006) Helping Aphasic People Process Online Information. In: Eighth International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility.

Devlin, Siobhan, Liang, Shaofen and Tait, John (2006) Evaluating Web search result summaries. In: The 28th European Conference on information Retrieval, ECIR 06.

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Last updated 11 June 2019