Professor Phalp has a life-long passion for the transformative power of education, initially having taught mathematics in schools, with over 30 years of working across a variety of roles in higher education. Within universities, he has worked as a demonstrator, research fellow, lecturer, course leader, senior lecturer, reader, professor, head of department, Deputy Dean for Education, Executive Dean, and is currently interim Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education and Quality.
As well as his PVC Education and Quality role, Professor Phalp currently leads on Research and Knowledge Exchange for the University. He is an experienced researcher, and research leader with over 200 refereed publications, significant research income, and a continuity of output, having been included in all research assessment exercises since 2001. Professor Phalp’s personal research interests cover software engineering, particularly the early phases of software projects and the relationship between business and software models; model driven development; applications of AI; and, in recent years, social computing, which encompasses digital addiction and online gambling. He has extensive project leadership expertise, having led major successful EC-funded projects, as well as Knowledge Transfer Projects, and his research has brought tangible and financial benefits to the organisations involved.