Cathryn Peoples

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Scopus ID: 23012480600
ORCID ID: 0000-0003-4347-9843

Current Roles

Associate Lecturer

The Open University, UK
School of Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

TMXY350 Advanced Work-based Learning (Degree Apprentice, England)
TM354 Software Engineering (S. & W. England & S. Wales, Central & N. Wales)
T452 The Engineering Project
TM470 The Computing and IT Project (UK and Ireland)
TMXY475 The Apprenticeship Computing and IT Project (England)

Research Associate (Part-time)

Ulster University, UK
Faculty of Computing
IoT Research with the BT-Ireland Innnovation Centre (BTIIC) on Service Level Agreements (SLAs) & the Internet of Things (IoT)

IEEE IoT Magazine eNewsletter March 2022
IEEE IoT Magazine eNewsletter November 2020

Associate Tutor

University of Essex Online / Kaplan Open Learning

MSc Computer Science (Secure Software Development) /


Co-Editor-in-Chief of EAI Endorsed Transactions on Cloud Systems

'Covid-19 and the Cloud: Editorial', Dec. 2020

Guest Editor

MDPI Electronics Special Issue on Interoperability and Scalability in IoT-Driven Smart Cities, Deadline: 23 November 2023

Project Lead

Project Lead (Aug'20 to Sep'21) on Support for Students. Teaching for Tutors. An Investigation into Ideas on Encouraging Students to Engage

August 2020-March 2022

An OU-funded project

End of Project Presentation

Phase 1 of this project ran between July 2019 and September 2020

Project Lead (July'19 to January'21) on Co-designed Student Support

Project Update August 2020

Project Poster


Cathryn Peoples received the B.A. degree (with honours and diploma in industrial studies) in business studies with computing, M.Sc. degree in telecommunications and internet systems, and Ph.D. degree in networking from Ulster University, U.K., in 2004, 2005, and 2009, respectively.

She is currently employed as an Associate Lecturer with The Open University, supporting five modules in this role. On a part-time basis, Cathryn acts as a Research Associate with Ulster University, investigating the design of smart Service Level Agreements for the Internet of Things with BT. Since January 2020, Cathryn has been employed on a freelance basis with Kaplan Online Learning in association with the University of Essex Online, as a Tutor and Content Developer on the MSc Computer Science and MSc Cyber Security programmes, and currently tutors Secure Software Development with UoEO in addition to supervising several MSc dissertation projects.

Prior to these appointments, Cathryn was employed as a Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, with shared teaching on the Joint Programme at the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications. Teaching in this post includes the Networks and Protocols module on the B.Sc.(Eng) Internet of Things Engineering degree, and the Communications and Networks module on the BEng(Hons) Computer Systems Engineering degree. Previously, Cathryn has been employed as a Teaching Fellow in the Faculty of Computing and Engineering at Ulster University, teaching on an M.Sc. degree in Professional Software Development. Prior to her appointment into this post, she worked as a Research Associate at Ulster University in the area of next generation networking.

Cathryn's research interests include cloud management, cross-layer protocol optimisation, delay-tolerant networking, smart cities, green IT, software development and secure software development. She joined the Computational Educational Committee associated with the ACM SIGHPC Education Chapter in January 2020. Cathryn is also a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (SMIEEE) and the Association for Computing Machinery (SMACM). She became a Certified Associate in Project Management in August 2008, an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in February 2015, and achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in March 2018. Cathryn achieved Full College membership of EPSRC in August 2018, and she became the co-Editor-in-Chief of the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Cloud Systems in January 2020.

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last updated: 10 March 2023