School of Computing


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Dr Nick Savage

  • Qualifications: BEng (Hons) Electronic and Computer Engineering (1st Class), MSc Mathematics, MA Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Distinction), PhD Wireless Communication Systems
  • Role Title: Head of School
  • Address: Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth PO1 3HE UK
  • Telephone: +44 (0)23 9284 6363
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  • Department: School of Computing
  • Faculty: Faculty of Technology


I joined the University in 2000 to work as a researcher on an EPSRC project characterising the indoor communications channel and a Radiocommunications Agency (now OFCOM) sponsored project characterising radiowave propagation through vegetation. I previously worked for a defence contractor and a computer networking company.

I started work as a lecturer in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering in 2002 where I became the admissions tutor and programme coordinator for all undergraduate and integrated masters Electronic Engineering, Computer Engineering and Networking degree programmes. I was the course leader for the BSc (Hons) Computer Networks degree programme and the programme manager for the Foundation Degree (FDEng) in Electronic Engineering.

I am now the Head of the School of Computing, responsible for the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the School; as well as leading the School towards realising the University’s strategic vision. I also have a keen research interest in the development of secure systems, identifying vulnerabilities in systems, utilising features to identify users and network protocol analysis.


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Academic Advisor for ISACA
  • Fellow of the BCS
  • Member of the IET and IEEE

Teaching Responsibilities

Unit Coordinator

  • Digital Forensics: Art or Science and System Security

Unit Lecturer

  • Digital Forensics: Art or Science and System Security


Current research projects

  • Applying Biometric Techniques to Features Extracted from Users in Virtual Worlds (to be completed by 2017)

Completed research projects

  • Energy Efficient Routing in Underwater Sensor Networks (completed 2015)
  • A study of application level information from the volatile memory of Windows computer systems (completed 2012)
  • Biometric identification using user interactions with virtual worlds (completed 2012)
  • An assessment of motivational influences of technology students in HE and FE (completed 2009)

Research profile

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