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Professor Mohammad Dastbaz

Deputy Vice Chancellor University of Suffolk

Prof. Mohammad Dastbaz graduated in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and went on to do a PhD in “Design, Development and Evaluation of Multimedia Systems” at Kingston University.

In 1989 he established one of UK’s first Multimedia computer companies called “Systems 2000 Ltd.” building Multimedia PCs and was one of the only companies alongside Philips Corporation to participate in the UK’s first Multimedia Systems Exhibition at London Olympia in 1990.

Prof. Dastbaz Joined Kingston University in 1994 as a research lead for developing Multimedia aided learning packages and has since worked in number of UK Universities. Between 2000-2007 he was the Head of the Department of Information Systems and Multimedia, at the University of Greenwich, he then went on to become the Dean of School of Computing and Engineering at the University of East London. In 2011 Mohammad joined Leeds Metropolitan University (now Leeds Beckett University) as their Dean and Pro Vice chancellor for Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology, with over 7000 students and 600 staff, being responsible for five distinct academic schools. These included: School of Built Environment and Engineering, School of Computing, Creative Technologies and Engineering, School of Film, Music and Performing Arts, School of Art, Architecture and Design and School of Cultural Studies and Humanities.

Prof. Dastbaz remains research active and has published over 60 refereed Journal, and Conference papers, books and book chapters. He is on a number of Editorial boards of International Journals, has been chair of a number of International Conferences (including IEEE’s Information Visualisation) and remains a member on a number of International conference committees.

Selected Publications

His latest publications include an edited volume published by Elsevier publishers, on “Green Information Technologies” (2015); “Building Sustainable Futures - Design and the Built Environment”, published by Springer (2016) - a collaboration with University of California – Berkeley, and a series of four edited volumes on “Technology and Sustainable Futures” being published by Springer. The first book in the series titled: “Building Information Modelling, Building Performance, Design and Smart Construction”, a collaboration with University of Cambridge, is already published (2017).

Prof. Mohammad Dastbaz is a Fellow of the BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT, Fellow of the  Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (RSA). 


Professor Mohamed Abdel-Maguid

Dean of School for Science, Technology and Engineering

Professor Abdel-Maguid is a professional engineer, entrepreneur and a research and enterprise focused Academic, with 25 years of experience in both business and academia. He joined the University in 2012 as the Founding Professor of the School of Science, Technology and Engineering and Professor of Smart Systems.

Mohamed is an entrepreneurial academic, with an excellent international research and publication record. He supervised over twenty-five postgraduate students, at masters and doctoral levels to successful completion; served as doctoral examiner and contributed to the organisation of a number of international conferences as well as regularly refereeing for prestigious technical journals. Among Mohamed’s former students are Professors, Heads of Departments and executive level professionals. His multidisciplinary expertise spans the broad spectrum of Digital Technologies with core competencies in data acquisition, intelligent multimodal signal processing, telecommunications and embedded systems, where he is actively engaged with research and training.

He is a strong advocate of environments and schemes that promote and nurture innovation, knowledge exchange, and business-university collaborations. Since joining the University of Suffolk in 2012, he has been engaged with the regional STEM skills and innovation agendas where he has been at the forefront of a number of regional initiatives, securing over £3.5m of funding.  The Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC) is among these.

Professor Abdel-Maguid held a number of senior positions, both in the UK and internationally and served as an advisor for a number of companies and government organisations. These included, the Ministry of Health in Egypt, where he advised on the development of telemedicine initiatives, the Ministry of Transport in Egypt advising on the use of Smart Technologies to improve road safety and, during his term at CIISS, advised the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) on tax fraud detection using intelligent data analysis techniques.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) Senior Member of the IEEE (SMIEEE), the ESE and a co-opted member of the BiNDT.

Prof. Abdel-Maguid research interests are focused on two strands. The first strand focuses on investigating new algorithms and techniques to underpin the development of multimodal signal processing and communication systems (unified, ubiquitous, cognitive, cooperative). The second strand is concerned with the application of digital technologies to the development of Smart Systems as the main building blocks of Future Cities and Smart Connected Rural Communities. I am also interested in technology assisted learning and multimedia rich e-learning environments. I am particularly interested in the application of virtual reality and serious gaming to education and scenario based training among other application domains.

Selected Recent Publications

M. Naeem; M. Patwary; M. Abdel-Maguid, "Universal and Dynamic Clustering Scheme for Energy Constrained Cooperative Wireless Sensor Networks," in IEEE Access Journal , vol.PP, no.99, pp.1-1, Jan 2017.

  • M Patwary, S. K. Sharma, M. A. Maguid, R. A. Alhameed, J. Noras, Symeon Chatzinotas, Bj¨orn Ottersten, Y. Chen, “ Universal Intelligent Small Cell for Next Generation Cellular Networks” Elsevier Journal on Digital Communication and Networks, Special  Issue 5G Wireless Networks, September 2016.
  • Raouf Abozariba, Mohammad Patwary, Abdel-Hamid Soliman and Mohamed Abdel-Maguid “On the Location Aware Co-Operative Spectrum Sensing in Urban Environment”, Jordanian Journal of Computers and Information Technology August 2016, pp. 119-136.
  • Raouf Abozariba, Mohammad Patwary, Abdel-Hamid Soliman and Mohamed Abdel-Maguid “Location-aware cooperative spectrum sensing within cognitive radio networks”, IEEE Jordan Conference on Applied Electrical Engineering and Computing Technologies (AEECT), 2015, pp. 1-7.
  • Siva Bolisetti, M. N. Patwary, Abdel-Hamid Soliman and Mohamed Abdel-Maguid ‘Subspace Compressive GLRT Detector MIMO Radar in the presence of Clutters, The Scientific World Journal (Special Issue in "Compressed Sensing: Applications in Radar and Communications"), September 2015, pp 1-8.
  • Sardar Muhammad Gulfam, Syed Junaid Nawaz, Mohammad N. Patwary, and Mohamed Abdel-Maguid, “On the Spatial Characterization of 3-D Air-to-Ground Radio Communication Channels,” IEEE International Conference on Communications (IEEE ICC 2015), 8-12 June 2015, London, UK.
  • Abrar Ahmed, Syed Junaid Nawaz, Noor M. Khan, Mohammad N. Patwary, and Mohamed Abdel-Maguid, “Angular Characteristics of a Unified 3-D Scattering Model for Emerging Cellular Networks ,” IEEE International Conference on Communications (IEEE ICC 2015), 8-12 June 2015, London, UK.
  • Shree Krishna Sharma, Mohammad Patwary, Symeon Chatzinotas, Bj¨orn Ottersten, and Mohamed Abdel-Maguid, “Repeater for 5G Wireless: A Complementary Contender for Spectrum Sensing Intelligence,” IEEE International Conference on Communications (IEEE ICC 2015), 8-12 June 2015, London, UK.
  • Elhadj Benkhelifa, Mohamed Abdel-Maguid, Stanley Ewenike and David D. Heatley,”The Internet of Things: the Eco-System for Sustainable Growth,” ACS/IEEE International Conference on Computer Systems and Applications (AICCSA' 2014), Qatar.
  • M. K. Naeem, M. N. Patwary, Abdel-Hamid Soliman and Mohamed Abdel-Maguid, “Tighter Receiver Performance Lower Bound for MIMO Wireless Communication Systems,” Journal of Applied Sciences, Vol: 14 Issue: 1 pp. 95-100, January 2014.
  • Sireesha Appana, Mohammad N Patwary, Abdel-Hamid Soliman and Mohamed Abdel-Maguid, “Diversity Block Code: A Trade-off for Multiplexing and Diversity Gains,” Journal of Applied Sciences, pp, 1812-5654, July 2014.
  • M. K. Naeem, M. N. Patwary, Abdel-Hamid Soliman and Mohamed Abdel-Maguid, “Cooperative Transmission Schemes for Energy Efficient Collaborative Wireless Sensor Networks,” IET  Science, Measurement and Technology, , IET Science, Measurement & Technology, Volume 8, Issue 6, , pp. 391 – 398, November 2014.
  • Mangera A, Marzo A, Heron N, Fernando D, Hameed K, Soliman AH, Bradley M, Hosking I, Abdel-Maguid M, Levermore M, Tindale WB & Chapple C (2014) Development of two electronic bladder diaries: a patient and healthcare professionals pilot study.. Neurourol Urodyn, 33(7), 1101-1109
  • Shree K. Sharma, Mohammad Patwary, Mohamed Abdel-Maguid, “Spectral Efficient Compressive Transmission Framework for Wireless Communication Systems,” IET Signal processing, vol. 7, Issue 7, Page(s): 558 – 564, Sep.  2013.
  • Shree Krishna Sharma, Mohammad Patwary, Mohamed Abdel-Maguid, “Enhanced Information Throughput in MIMO-OFDM based systems using Fractional Sampling and Iterative Signal Processing,” Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies - European Transactions on Telecommunications (ETT), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., ISSN: 1124-318X.
  • Ayesha Mahmud, Christine Kettle, Debra Bick, Claire Rowley, Trishna Rathod, John Belcher, Mohamed M Abdelmaguid, Khaled M K Ismail, “The development and validation of an internet-based training package for the management of perineal trauma following childbirth: MaternityPEARLS,” Postgraduate Medical Journal (PMJ), 10.1136/postgradmedj-2012-131491
  • Mangera A, Marzo A, Heron N, Fernando D, Abdel-Maguid M M, Hameed K, Soliman A, Bradley M, Hosking I, Chapple C, '"Development And Assessment of Two Electronic Bladder Diaries; A Pilot Study," International Continence Society (ICS), China 15-19 Oct. 2012.

Dr Nic Bury

Senior Lecturer in Life Sciences

Dr Nic Bury's research interests are broad and includes aquatic toxicology, stress physiology and environmental monitoring. He supports the 3Rs (refinement, reduction and replacement) approach in animal research and part of his research includes the development of alternative test procedure for fish in toxicological studies.  He is the current convenor for the Endocrine group of The Society for Experimental Biology  and is also a member of the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry  and The Fisheries Society of the British Isles ( 

Current research interests:

•    Ecotoxicology (metals, pharmaceuticals, microplastics)
•    Fish Physiology and adaptation to environmental pollution
•    In vitro systems to assess bioaccumulation of chemicals in fish
•    Evolution of the stress response system in vertebrates
•    Sensor networks for environmental monitoring

Recent Publications (see Bury labs for full list):

  • Bury, N.R. (2017). The evolution, structure and function of the ray finned fish
  • (Actinopterygii) glucocorticoid receptors. General and Comparative Endocrinolgoy, in press
  • Sogbanmu, T.O., Nagy, E., Phillips, D.H., Arlt, V.M., Otitoloju, A.A., Bury N.R. (2016). Lagos lagoon sediment organic extracts and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons induce embryotoxic, tetatogenic and genotoxic effects in Danio rerio (zebrafish) embryos. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 23, 14489-14501. 
  • Schnell, S., Stott, L.C., Hogstrand, C., Wood, C.M., Kelly, S.P., Part, P., Owen, S.F., Bury N.R. (2016). Procedures for the reconstruction, primary culture and experimental use of rainbow trout epithelia. Nature Protocols 11, 490-498.  
  • Khan, F.R., Syberg, K., Shashoua, Y., Bury N.R. (2015). Influence of polyethylene microplastic beads on the uptake and localization of silver in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Environmental Pollution 206, 73-79.
  • Miller, T.H., McEneff, G.L., Brown, R.J., Owen, S.F., Bury, N.R., Barron, L.P. (2015). Pharmaceuticals in the freshwater invertebrate, Gammarus pulex, determined using pulverised liquid extraction, solid phase extraction and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Science of the Total Environment 511, 153-60. 
  • Stott, L.C., Schnell, S., Hogstrand, C., Owen, S.F., Bury, N.R. (2015) A primary fish gill cell culture model to assess pharmaceutical uptake and efflux: Evidence for passive and facilitated transport. Aquatic Toxicology 159, 127-37.
  • Komjarova. I. Bury, N.R. (2014). Evidence of common cadmium and copper uptake routes in zebrafish Danio rerio. Environmental Science & Technology 48, 12946-12951. 
  • Minghetti, M., Schnell, S., Chadwick, M.A., Hogstrand, C., Bury, N.R. (2014). A primary FIsh Gill Cell System (FIGCS) for environmental monitoring of river waters. Aquatic Toxicology 154, 184-192. 
  • Uren Webster, T., Bury, N.R., van Aerle, R., Santos, E. (2013). Global transcriptome profiling reveals molecular mechanisms of metal tolerance in a chronically exposed wild population of brown trout. Environmental Science and Technology 47, 8869–8877


Dr Mabel Encinas

Senior Lecturer in Education

Dr Mabel Encinas has a long standing interest in studying and supporting learning in the workplace, particularly in relation to teachers learning in classroom and school contexts, and she has participated and led projects based in action research.

At the Institute of Education IoE (2005 2014) she worked as research officer in a number of projects; taught in the online Masters in Research and facilitated reading seminars in the doctoral school. She also worked for the International Office and the Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP). Working for the IoE, she co-authored the National Curriculum Standards for preschool, and primary and secondary schools in the subjects of Spanish, mathematics and science for the Ministry of Education in Mexico, and she led the pilot for their implementation (2010-2011).

Mabel has participated in a number of research projects both in Mexico and the UK. Among others, she led the Secondary Schools for the 21st Century Project in the subject of Spanish (mother tongue) while working for the National Pedagogic University in Mexico (1995-1997 and 2000-2004), she was Curriculum Sub-Director for the Education of Internal Migrant Workers Children (1998-1999), and she was a consultant for the National Institute of Adult Education in Mexico in the area of Language and Communication (2004-2007).

With the support of a grant by the British Academy, she currently researches reception children’s learning through a board game that she created called Our Shared Common Lands. The board game, played among children and parents in the classroom, aims to support learning maths and developing values of collaboration and sustainability.

Mabel’s work in educational development and research has focused in: technology enhanced learning and teaching, curriculum development, and learning and emotions in the classroom.

She is also:
Co-Convenor of the Socio-cultural and Cultural-historical Activity Theory Special Interest Group, British Educational Research Association (BERA).

Member of the International Association for the Improvement of Mother Tongue Teaching (IAIMTE).

Teaching and Learning

Mabel joined University of Suffolk as an occasional lecturer on the Masters in Teaching and Learning (MALT) in January 2014 and gained a full-time position in September 2014. In MALT programme, she is the module leader for the modules Leading Care and Education for Vulnerable Two-Year olds (LCEVTY).and Technology Enhanced Learning and Teaching (TELT). She also teaches and supervised dissertation students as part of the Early Childhood Studies BA programme.


Dr Suzanne Nolan

Lecturer in Employment Development

Suzanne is the Lecturer in Employment Development, and course leader for the BA (Hons) Business Management Professional programme.  She teaches on a range of subjects including: careers development, marketing and research methods.  She completed her BA (Hons) in History, MA in Native American and Pre-Columbian Art and Architecture, and PhD in Art History and Theory at the University of Essex. 

In addition to academic teaching and research, Suzanne has worked within Employability and Careers teams, developing employer links, internships, and personal and professional development workshops for students and graduates.  Suzanne’s research interests are in pedagogy and work-based learning for higher education, as well as the notion of performance in academic institutions and practice.

Aspects of her current research interest aims to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the Sustainability Resilience Impact (SRI) Game. A game which engages learners of all ages and experience to consider sustainability, corporate social responsibility and value within the context of a particular scenario or organisation. The research aims to build on the pedagogy of games within learning and teaching, as well as provide a mechanism for business professionals to explore issues of sustainability within the context of their own organisations.


Pedagogy and work-based learning in higher education, and employability, Digital marketing, Performance in academic institutions and practice


  • Nolan, S. (2018) Early Career Academics: Performance in Higher Education. AOMO, Brighton August 2018
  • Nolan, S. (2017) Embedding Employability at an Institutional Level: University of Suffolk. Presented at Generation TEF: Teaching in the Spotlight, HEA Annual Conference, Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester.
  • Nolan, S. (2016) Don’t Click Away! Designing a VLE to Enhance Engagement and Attainment. Presented at Seeing Learning Differently, Abertay University, Dundee
  • Nolan, S., & C. Doolan (n.d.) Students as Partners in Learning and Work at the University of Suffolk. Ongoing research project looking at the impact of SAP on staff.
  • Smith, C., C. Doolan, & S. Nolan (2017) PlacementPAL (Peer Assisted Learning): a digital app to scaffold students’ learning and knowledgeable action in work. HEFCE Catalyst A Funded Project.

Dr Emmanouil Georgiadis

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Dr. Emmanouil (Manos) Georgiadis is an internationally known expert in applying motivational constructs in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Manos is also the Course Leader for the MSci Sports Psychology for Football degree. Manos has helped athletes of individual and team sports improving their abilities and reaching their potential as a recognised Sport Psychologist. Under his guidance, Olympic-level and professional athletes enhanced their performance through focusing on the psychological and cognitive components of their sport.

Before arriving at the University of Suffolk he was a researcher at the Kapodistrian and National University of Athens, Greece and Loughborough University, U.K. where he was awarded his Doctoral Degree. As an identified expert he delivered bespoke courses in institutions such as the Greek Police Academy, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the University of Thessaly, and the Northumbria University at Newcastle (franchised programme).  

He has been also a Personal Trainer for more than 15 years, contributing to more active and healthy lifestyles through applying the motivational constructs of Exercise Psychology. Further, Dr. Georgiadis theoretical and practical endeavours expand in the interdisciplinary study of human life, as he is interested in the maintenance of quality of life throughout the whole lifespan. 

Dr. Emmanouil Georgiadis in his undergraduate studies attended Physical Education and Sport Sciences (Kapodistrian University Of Athens, Greece) and Applied Psychology (City University of Seattle, USA). He was awarded with the Degree of Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Psychology (University of Exeter, U.K.) and he earned his PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology (Loughborough University, UK).

He is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy, a Certified Sport and Exercise Psychology Counsellor, a Member of European Federation of Sport Psychology and the American Psychological Association and a Member of the Cognitive Therapeutic Method of EMDR. He has worked since 2001 as a counsellor in Sport and Exercise Psychology dealing with issues pertaining to health, wellbeing, human performance and positive psychological states. 

In the field of Exercise and Health, he is especially interested to examine the social and environmental effects on sedentariness and exercise behaviour in the whole life span. He has designed and implemented physical activity promotion programmes, as well as, wellbeing and quality of life courses in Britain and Greece, in collaboration with national and private institutes. His work has been presented in National, European and World Congresses of Sport and Exercise Psychology and General Psychology.

Manos is currently involved in the examination of the effects of exercise on dementia, the effectiveness of health promotion programmes in the Suffolk community, the effects of sedentariness in the lives of older adults and the implementation of new technology towards more active lifestyles.


Having a sporting background as an elite swimmer, Manos has always been keen on discovering the motivating elements of behaviour persistence and excellence, stemming from human intellect and psyche. He combines the knowledge of Sport and Exercise Sciences, to Psychology and Counselling, promoting a global perspective of consciousness and continual development.

Manos is currently involved in the psychophysiology assessment of human performance and quality of life. For this purpose he is interested in evaluating the ideal neuropsychological states during sporting and exercise activities involving various sports and health promotion programmes in Suffolk.

Selected Publications

  • The mysterious case of the public health guideline that is (almost) entirely ignored: call for a research agenda on the causes of the extreme avoidance of physical activity in obesity.
  • Obesity Reviews, doi:  10.1111/obr.12369.
  • Ekkekakis, P., Vazou, S., Bixby, W. R., and Georgiadis, E. (2016)
  • Flow theory goal orientation theory: positive experience is related to athletes goal orientation.
  • Frontiers in Psychology. 6:1499. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01499
  • Stavrou, N.A.M., Psychountaki, M., Georgiadis, E., Karteroliotis, K. and Zervas, Y. (2015)
  • The experience of competition ban following a positive doping sample of elite athletes.
  • Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 8,  57-74. doi: 10.1123/jcsp/2014-0012
  • Georgiadis, E. & Papazoglou, I. (2014)
  • Examining Motives for Weight-Loss Diets Among Greeks Using Self-determination Theory and Self-esteem: A Clustering, Longitudinal Field Study.
  • Health Education Journal, 65 (1), 53-72.
  • Georgiadis, M., Biddle, S.J.H., & Stavrou, N.A. (2006)


Sara Godinho

Lecturer (Design Technology)

Sara Godinho is a London-based architect (ARB), environmental designer and consultant with over 10 years of professional experience in the construction industry.

Originally from Lisbon, Portugal, where she qualified as an architect and worked in different practices, Sara moved to London in 2011 to study at UCL’s MSc in Environmental Design and Engineering which she completed with Distinction focusing her dissertation research on Building Performance Evaluation. Following her studies Sara stayed in London where she joined Bere Architects, designing and monitoring the performance of high energy-efficient buildings to Passivhaus standard.

Since then she has worked with Sturgis Carbon Profiling, a low carbon design consultancy and UK Green Building Council, where she supported the development of the new Learning and Development educational program. Currently, in addition to teaching at University of Suffolk, Sara is a Sustainability Consultant at XCO2, a specialist low-carbon consultancy, where she provides sustainability solutions to reduce the environmental impact of building and masterplan developments.

Besides being an advocate for sustainable living, Sara loves travelling and getting to know different cultures and, before moving to the UK, she has lived in Portugal, Norway and Japan. From February 2017 Sara Godinho leads the Design Technology module of the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design.