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Sean Preston

Head of Technology

Sean is Head of Technology within the School of Engineering, Arts, Science and Technology. He is also a Senior Lecturer in Computing and Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Computing degree and associated pathways in cyber security, artificial intelligence and web and mobile development. He has over 15 years of experience as a web developer creating software systems for the news, tourism, education, e-commerce and banking sectors. Before joining the university, Sean was a web developer for Newsquest, one of the largest regional media companies in the UK and a lecturer at the University of Worcester.

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. He is a university-wide representative of the University of Suffolk Senate and an External Examiner for computing degrees at the University of Sunderland and the University of Roehampton.

In 2011, Sean founded an online multi-channel e-commerce business responsible for selling over 30,000 automotive parts. This business was later sold and is still in operation today. 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 software 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 content accessibility.