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Derrick Newton


Derrick joined Coventry University in 2012 following the completion of his PhD. He is a Lecturer and Module Leader for modules within the BSc course in Ethical Hacking and Network Security and assists with programming and other computer science modules together with level 1 Activity Led Learning. Additionally, he is a Module Leader for modules delivered in India as part of the MTech programme delivered by Coventry University in partnership with Infosys. Prior to completion of his PhD Derrick was employed by a medium-sized firm of accountants in the South-East of England and spent 18 years working with small and medium enterprises, schools, charities and the like firstly as an auditor and accountant and then subsequently as a computer consultant and management accountant. This experience informs and motivates Derrick’s interest in computer science and security.


  • Ph.D., Business Process Access Control (BPAC): workflow-based authorisation for complex systems, University of Birmingham
  • M.Sc., Information Technology, University of Liverpool
  • B.Sc., Physics, Durham University

Research Interests

  • Process calculi
  • Protocol modelling and analysis
  • Access control
  • Cryptography

Selected Professional Activities

  • Member: Institute of Financial Accountants
  • Associate Fellow: Higher Education Academy


  • Level 3 Systems Security
  • Level 1 ALL Computer Science
  • MTech Masters in partnership with Infosys: Application and Data Security Architecture, Advanced Computer Networking

Other Responsibilities 

  • Project mentor for second and third year students
  • Supervisor for Masters students
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