This talk will introduce the cyberQuarter project hosted at Abertay University, Dundee and will follow on from the BCS Tayside & Fife branch.


  • Professor Lynne Coventry
  • Dr Natalie Coull


6:00pm - AGM
6:30pm - Introduction by Alastair Irons
6:35pm - Presentation by Lynne Coventry and Natalie Coull
7:15pm - Q&A
7:30pm - Finish


We would like to take this opportunity to introduce the BCS to the cyberquarter, its partners and what it hopes to achieve in the future. The Abertay cyberQuarter is a new cybersecurity research and development centre housed within Abertay University. This initiative brings together students, academics, and organisations to help solve global cybersecurity challenges. With a worldwide shortage of cybersecurity skills, we are offering businesses opportunities to help shape new talent graduating from Abertay, and provide real-world experience to our students as well as developing new ways to access training. The centre does not only work within the cybersecurity sector, it can work with organisations across all sectors, raising awareness of cybersecurity for everyone and generally supporting Scotland to be more cybersecure.

The Abertay cyberQuarter aims to:

  • Provide industry with a way of focusing on the future by taking on their research challenges.
  • Increase industry-academia interaction and collaboration in both research and filling the skills gaps and
  • Increase access to cyber training and employment opportunities in the Tayside area.

In this talk, we will outline some of the key cybersecurity challenges and explain how the cyberQuarter is working with partners to help address these challenges, its benefits to Tayside, and it’s links to our Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education.

About the speakers

Professor Lynne Coventry is Director of the cyberQuarter at Abertay University – a centre bringing industry and academia together to work on cybersecurity challenges. She has an interdisciplinary background in Psychology and Software Engineering and led an interdisciplinary Human Computer Interaction research group in Industry for 10 years. She set up Northumbria University’s Academic Centre of Excellence in Cybersecurity, is a founding member of Research Institute for Sociotechnical cybersecurity (RISCS) where she is now a fellow and has sat on different government reviews regarding cybersecurity behaviours. She sits on the REPHRAIN ethics board. Her work focuses on the impact of technology on our everyday lives, particularly security technology. Her work sits at the intersection of usability, accessibility and inclusion, exploring how socially responsible technologies should be designed to enable everyone in society to interact securely.

Dr Natalie Coull is the Head of Division of Cybersecurity at Abertay University, and Director of their NCSC recognised Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education (ACE-CSE gold award). Natalie was responsible for developing their bachelors in Digital Forensics and the NCSC Certified Masters in Ethical Hacking. Natalie has research interests in secure coding, digital watermarks and computer memory-based security concerns. Working with colleagues at Roehampton University, and the University of the West of England, Natalie is one of the founders of CISSE UK – an organisation created to bring together those interested in cybersecurity education across the UK, and provide a platform for sharing best practice and resources with the wider academic community.

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This event is brought to you by: BCS Tayside and Fife branch

Branch AGM and Talk on the cyberQuarter Project
Date and time
Wednesday 22 November, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Abertay University
Bell Street Room 2522
Kydd Building
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