Staff Profile


Dr Paul Stephens

Principal Lecturer in Cybercrime and Digital Policing & School Director of Academic Studies

School: School of Law, Policing and Social Sciences

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 922962

Profile summary

I’ve held a number of interesting roles at the university since finishing my undergraduate studies here in 1999.  Whilst carrying out these roles, I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (Higher Education) at CCCU, a Professional Diploma in Management at the Open University, an MSc at the University of Kent, and a PhD at University College Dublin.  I am a Fellow of the BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT and a Chartered IT Professional (FBCS CITP).  I have been a committee member of the BCS Cybercrime Forensics Specialist Group since its inception in 2008. I held the position of Specialist Group Membership Secretary between 2008 and 2018, and since 2018 I have been the Treasurer.  I am also the Co-Vice Chair of the IFIP 11.12 Working Group on Human Aspects of Information Security and Assurance.  I am an experienced external advisor/examiner and have worked in this capacity with Abertay, Glyndŵr, South Wales, Gloucestershire, Ulster, Leeds Beckett, Portsmouth, Derby, Sunderland, Cardiff Metropolitan, Central Lancashire, Kingston, and Greenwich.

In my current role at CCCU, I am a member of the School Management Team, Programme Director for the Policing Suite, lead our work on digital crime, line manage and have overall responsibility for induction of Policing Team staff.   I have deputised as Head of School on a number of occasions to cover holidays and other absences including a research sabbatical in 2017. I sit on a number of university committees including the IT Strategy and Policy Group, KM EDGE Hub Curriculum Development Group, Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework Group, and Faculty Quality Committee. I regularly chair University activities such as Examination Boards, PhD/EdD Vivas, Extenuating Circumstances Panels, Internal Validation Panels, and Periodic Programme Review Panels. I also act as a Student Complaints and Appeals Investigator.

Research and knowledge exchange

My research, knowledge exchange, and enterprise activity focuses on my interests in digital forensics, computer security, computer ethics, professional issues in computing, and learning and teaching in Higher Education.  I have been fortunate enough to carry out work in these areas with computer forensics specialists and law enforcement professionals from around the world primarily through my involvement with the European Cybercrime Training and Education Group (ECTEG) and its previous incarnations. ECTEG is funded by the European Commission and works in close cooperation with academia and law enforcement organisations including Europol, CEPOL, Interpol, and UNODC. I have also carried out HEA funded research on problem-based learning in Cybersecurity with colleagues at the universities of Sunderland, Gloucestershire, and Warwick.  I have presented and published extensively on digital crime related issues. My co-authored books include Policing Digital Crime (Routledge) and Investigating Digital Crime (Wiley). 

Teaching and subject expertise

My past roles have included IT Support & Infrastructure Engineer, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and leading the Department of Computing through an organisational change to become Computing, Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity. I led this unit for a five-year term before accepting my current role. During this time the employability results of DLHE and LEO surveys for those who studied Computing programmes at CCCU were consistently one of the highest for the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences. In 2018, the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) published a study which used the LEO dataset showing Graduates of Computing at CCCU added £4,267 to their earnings relative to the national graduate average. This report showed that Computing boosted graduate earnings more than any other subject at CCCU and more than many of our competitors nationwide. At the end of my directorship the overall satisfaction results in the NSS were at their highest ever levels for Computing and IT programmes.

As Director of Computing, Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity, I managed the partnerships between Computing at CCCU and, amongst others, the College of Policing, and the Justice Institute of British Columbia. As part of the College of Policing partnership I was a Projects Supervisor and module leader for Covert Internet Investigations, Core Skills for Network Investigations, Linux Forensics, and Advanced Internet Forensic Traces. In addition to module leading, I taught on the Linux Forensics course hosted at Wyboston between 2008 and 2012. Over the years I have developed and successfully validated a number of innovative programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels including the BSc (Hons) Forensic Computing, the MSc Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity, the BSc (Hons) Computer Science, and the BEng (Hons) Software Engineering courses. I have taught on Computing, Science, Forensic Investigation, Applied Criminology, and Policing programmes.


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