Hello there!

I am Matthew, a part-time Teaching Associate and part-time Post-Graduate Research student at Cardiff University, COMSC.

I have a BN (Mental Health) 2:1 from Swansea University alongside an MSc with Distinction from Cardiff University.

After qualifying as a psychiatric nurse I held positions as a staff nurse, deputy ward manager and community nurse before seeking to complete an MSc which would allow me to focus on teaching, a part of each of my nursing posts I had enjoyed most.

Why teaching?

With a background in psychiatry, the drive in my day-to-day work is to engage with individuals, understand personal-goals and help to realise potential. Fundamental aspects of teaching. I reason - why anything else?

in 2019, a position was offered at Cardiff University COMSC on completion of my MSc - and with this, the opportunity to undertake a funded PhD.

Why Computer Science?

The possibilities for cross-discipline working and sharing that CS education can facilitate, was a major factor in my decision to make the jump.

Being a part of a multi-disciplinary team, collaborating to achieve planned outcomes with a focus on end-user experiences and making processes more efficient are some of the aspects I particularly enjoy. These goals serve to motivate my research and teaching in Higher Education.

My Teaching:

As a Teaching Associate, I have provided support for teaching and assessment in the following modules:


  • CMT115 Python for Computation
  • CMT102 Computational Systems
  • CMT303 Software Engineering


  • CMT120 Fundamentals of Programming
  • CMT115 Python for Computation
  • CMT112 Web Development
  • CMT313 and CMT312 Software Engineering and IT Management Change and Innovation

As well as supporting teaching and assessment, I have undertaken dissertation supervision and moderation for undergraduate final-year students and dissertation moderation for MSc students.

I have also facilitated formal student support drop-in sessions in-person (2019/20) and online (2020/21), providing both flexible teaching and pastoral support. I am a HEA Associate Fellow (December 2020) - and plan to apply for Fellowship by the end of the 2022/23 academic cycle.

My research:

My part-time PhD is undertaken with the supervision of Dr Martin Chorley, Ms Helen Phillips and Dr Kath Jones. My research considers Automated Assessment Tools (AATs) for novice programmers in the Higher Education setting, which acquire student feedback.
This research aims to implement an AAT for novice programming students at COMSC from the 2021/22 academic cycle, with a view toward enhancing co-collaboration between teaching-staff and students in larger cohorts.

Take it easy :p