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Research Environment

Dr Muhammad Usman has been collaborating with a number of professors and scientists from across the globe to lead or act as associate guest editor in special issues in IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computational Intelligence and IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications. He has also completed few collaborated funded projects. He has collaborated and served in different capacities such as organising committee member, TCP member, focal person and/ or publication chair of several international IEEE conferences.

His collaborators include Professor Vallipuram Muthukkumarasamy, Griffith University, Australia Professor Bhavani Thuraisingham, The University of Texas at Dallas, USA; Dr. Alireza Jolfaei, Macquarie University, Australia; Professor Manuel Roveri, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy; Professor Michael Sheng, Macquarie University, Australia; Professor Marimuthu Palaniswami, University of Melbourne, Australia; Professor Krishna Kant, Temple University, USA; Professor Iqbal Gondal, Federation University, Australia; Dr. Muhammad Shafiq, Yeungnam University, South Korea and several others across the globe.

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 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 will work to close an expected skills gap in the cyber security sector. 

Our facilities on the Treforest Campus are at the cutting edge of computer development. There’s a Digital Investigation Lab, which 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.

Our cyber security facilities include a suite of computer labs, a seminar room, 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 University of South Wales has held the HR Excellence in Research Award since 2013. The University is ranked number 24th in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index and is certified as a Disability Confident employer. 

The University supports a number of networks and schemes promoting diversity and equality. 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.