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Robert Bird


Bob is a Lecturer on a BSc under-graduate degree course in Ethical Hacking and the MSc course: Forensic Computing for which he is the Course Director at Coventry University. He is also the Programme Leader for the MTech programme in collaboration with Infosys (India) Prior to joining Coventry University in September 2007 he was a Superintendent responsible for the Territorial Operations, Coventry (South) for West Midlands Police. Robert served in the police for 30 years, the latter half of that service was predominantly concerned with major crime. He was involved in a wide number of major criminal investigations into offences of murder, primarily in the role of Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) He had extensive experience as a firearms and Public Order Commander.


  • Pg.Cert., Coventry University
  • M.Sc., Forensic Computing, Coventry University
  • B.A (hons), History, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth

Professional Licences and Certifications 

  • 2011-present, ACE (AccessData Certified Examiner), AccessData Forensic Toolkit (FTK)

Research Interests 

  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Major criminal investigations, particularly homicide
  • Digital Forensics

Selected Outputs 

  • Pannu, M., James, A., and Bird, R. (2014) 'A Comparison of Information Retrieval Models'. Proceedings of WCCCE'14, 'WCCCE'14'. Held 02-03 May 2014 in BC, Canada
  • Bird, R., and Cheah, M. (2014) 'The Development of Constructive Alignment in Activity Led Learning and Assessment of Digital Forensics'. Proceedings of WCCCE'14, 'WCCCE'14'. Held 02-03 May 2014 in BC, Canada
  • Bird, R., and Iqbal, R. (2011) 'Group Performance Model for an Activity Led Learning Approach'. In Davies, J., de Graffiti, E., and Kolmos. A. PBL across the disciplines: Research into best practice, '3rd International Research Symposium on Problem-Based Learning'. Held 28-29 Nov 2011 in Coventry, UK Aalborg University Press
  • Bird, R., Iqbal,R., Romero, M., and James, A. (2011) 'Collaborative Design of Computer Network Using Activity-Led Learning Approach'. Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on CSCW in Design, '15th International Conference on CSCW in Design'. Held 2011. 146-153

Selected Professional Activities 

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA)
  • Member of the British Computer Society (MBCS)


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