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Sean Preston

Head of Technology

Sean Preston is Head of Technology within the School of Engineering, Arts, Science and Technology. He leads the academic team responsible for all programmes of study in the fields of Computing, Cyber Security, Games Development, Network Engineering, Web Development and Artificial Intelligence. In addition to his position as Head of Technology, Sean is also a member of the University of Suffolk Senate and a Director on the University of Suffolk Board.

Sean is an External Examiner for technology degrees at the University of Roehampton and Sunderland University. Prior to joining the University of Suffolk, he was a Lecturer at the University of Worcester. 

He has over 15 years of experience as a Web Developer creating applications for the news, tourism, education, e-commerce and banking sectors. Before becoming an academic, Sean was a Web Developer for Newsquest, one of the largest regional media companies in the UK.

Sean has a BSc in Computing, an MBA in Executive Leadership and Management and a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice. He is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a member of the British Computing Society (MBCS) and an accredited Amazon Web Services (AWS) Educator. He has won several awards for his lecturing and, in 2017, was invited to teach an intensive module in web development at Zhejiang University in Jinhua, China.

In 2011, Sean founded an online multi-channel e-commerce business responsible for selling over 30,000 automotive parts. After the sale of his company in 2014, he began working as a Web Software Developer for Just2Easy Limited developing web-based solutions to assist in teaching information technologies to primary school pupils. This software is now used by thousands of pupils worldwide and went on to win the 2015 BETT Awards in London.

Sean’s previous technical, academic and business experience allows him to develop technical solutions to meet organisational needs. This has led to his increased engagement with the university’s Business Engagement team and Innovation Centre. He provides support to SMEs on digital marketing, web technologies and web accessibility.