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Research Environment

Dr Muhammad Usman has undertaken collaborative research in applied cyber security with academics from Griffith University, Australia; King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia; Bahria University, Pakistan; Comsats University, Pakistan; Ch. Charan Singh University, India; International Islamic University; Istanbul Gelisim University, Turkey; Yeungnam University, South Korea; Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan; and Brandon University, Canada.

Usman is a member of the Network Security Group at Griffith University, Australia. He is also co-supervising PhD students at Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan. He has served in different capacities, including as publication chair, organising committee member and/or TPC member for numerous IEEE conferences. These include: IEEE DASC 2020; IEEE ISST-ITS - TrustCom 2019; IEEE DependSys 2019; IEEE Workshop - ISA in IoS 2018; IEEE ICET 2018; IEEE ICCAIS-2018; IEEE IBCAST 2018; IEEE Intellect 2017 and IEEE IBMSGS 2015 and IEEE UWCSN 2014.

Usman was a lead guest editor of a special issue on Security, Privacy, Trust, and Access Control in Industrial Applications, IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, May/June 2020. He was a co-guest editor of a special issue on Computational Intelligence for Human-in-the-Loop Cyber Physical Systems, IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computational Intelligence, 2020/2021. He is also an Editorial Board member of the Smart Science journal. Usman is an invited co-guest editor of a special issue on Blockchain Technologies in IoT: Current Applications and Future Directions, Sensors, 2021.

Dr Ahmed Elmesiry has several years of industrial experience in Reverse Engineering and Malware & Firmware Analysis with six patents filed with Samsung Electronics R&D-Republic of Korea. He currently has active collaboration in various projects with Birmingham City University-United Kingdom, University of Zagreb-Croatia, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur-India, University of Moncton-Canada, University of Montreal-Canada, Sejong University- Republic of Korea, Guilin University of Electronic Technology-China, National Institute of Informatics-Japan, Ecole Polytechnique of Nice Sophia Antipolis-France, Université Evry Val d'Essonne-France and Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Informatique pour l’Industrie et l’Entreprise-France.

Dr Mamoun Qasem's findings have been recognized by the Internet Engineering Take Force (IETF), the standard body, and considered to be adapted. He leads a joint work with Huawei Company for a standard draft on RPL protocol for IoT. His collaboration in various projects is across Edinburgh Napier University, University of Glasgow, City, University of London, and Jordan University of Science and Technology. 

He is an active reviewer in different journals such as Elsevier Computer Networks, MDPI and member at the program committee at 14th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Communication. Also, he has been invited as a keynote Speaker by British Embassy at UK-Kuwait Cyber Security Education & Research Conference (CERC2019). 

Our facilities are at the cutting edge of computer development. The Digital Investigation Lab is a computer forensic facility typical of those used by law enforcement agencies to analyse computer files and digital media for use as evidence in court.

The Cyber Defence Centre is a commercial research and consultancy laboratory. The laboratory provides hardware and software support for commercial work undertaken for industry clients, law enforcement and government agencies, including London Metropolitan Police, South Wales Police, Dyfed Powys Police, West Mercia Police, Isle of Wight Police, Avon & Somerset Police, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and GCHQ. 

Cyber security facilities include a dedicated server room equipped with the latest high-powered kit, and a brand new forensic investigation lab where you can run a diagnostic of a computer hard disk under digital microscopes. 

The National Cyber Security Academy (NCSA), the first of its kind in Wales, is based at our Newport City Campus. Also involving Welsh digital innovation company Innovation Point and major industry players – including Airbus, General Dynamics UK, Alert Logic, Information Assurance, QinetiQ, Silcox Information Security, Westgate Cyber, Wolfberry and the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster – the NCSA works to close the skills gap in the cyber security sector. 


The University of South Wales is 24th in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index,  certified as a Disability Confident – Employer and is proud to have achieved the HR Excellence in Research Award acknowledging the support it provides to researchers.  

The Women in Academia Network was established to raise the profile of gender issues for female academics at the University. Spectrum is the University's LGBT+ staff network for staff who identify as LGBT+ or who wish to be supportive. Fair Play 30 is a University-wide network of advocates for promoting equality and dealing with equality issues. 

The University also hosts the Wales Women in STEM network which works to support women working in STEM in academia, industry and education.  

Career development

Academic progression is encouraged whether you are engaged in research and development, innovation and engagement or teaching and learning. There is a clear framework for progression from lecturer through to Associate Professor and Professor.

Our Graduate School provides strong support to  staff who are, or want to develop into, research supervisors, examiners and chairs of vivas.

The Graduate School supports postgraduate research students and their supervisors and offers a programme of events aligned to the domains of Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework and provides a range of Supervisor, Examiner and Viva Chair training. The Graduate School also offers an External Engagement Fund which allows postgraduate research students to attend relevant external training, engage with external collaborators externally or present their research at conferences. The University is a member of Vitae and the UK Council for Graduate Education, both of which provide opportunities for professional development.