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Paul Goddard  BSc (Hons) AFHEA

Paul Goddard


BSc (Hons) AFHEA

Teaching Associate

School of Computer Science and Informatics

Abacws, Room 3.46, Senghennydd Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4AG


I am a part time Teaching Associate for School of Computer Science and Informatics which includes work at the National Software Academy. I design and run various teaching activities related to computer science and software engineering at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. These activities range from asynchronous video series covering subjects like Git to in-person modules developing the skills needed for industry-ready software engineers.

When I'm not running a module (or sometimes when I am), I support staff delivering their material, marking assessments, and ad-hoc session delivery. I support students in drop-in labs and via our StackOverflow for Teams (forum).

I am undertaking a part-time PhD combining many of my research interests. My PhD is a Human Centered Computing (HCC) project covering how to improve the accessibility of art for people with low vision using Augmented Reality (AR).


My research interests include Human Centered Computing (HCC), Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR and VR), Accessibility (specifically for people with low vision), User Experience (UX) and emerging technologies.

I am currently undertaking a PhD, supervised by Professor Yukun Lai and Professor Tom Margrain. It covers how to improve the accessibility of art for people with low vision using AR. 

Previous research covers working with tactile and audio interfaces for people with low vision at University of the West of England in collaboration with Dr Benedict Gaster, Professor Carinna Parraman, and Fabio D'Agnano.

Please see my professional profile for more info.


I hold Associate Fellow (AFHEA) status and support many modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels across both the computer science courses based in Cardiff and the National Software Academy, based in Newport.

I support and lead subjects like computational thinking, software engineering/development skills, DevOps and service management. I also support drop-in sessions for all students on any topic, as well as our asynchronous online forums.


With a over decade of experience in the software development industry, I have been a key player for improving cross-departmental collaboration and providing creative solutions to improve services.

My experience includes software design and development, technical support, data analysis and departmental relationship building.

I focus my technical skills around user experience (UX), universal design, human-computer interaction (HCI) and Augmented Reality (AR).

I have worked with education and training, both formal and informal, for most of my adult life through Scouting, internal training, a variety of formats in secondary schools and higher education.

More details of the roles I've undertaken during my career can be found on my Linked In profile.

Professional memberships

  • BCS Membership - 2020 onwards
  • AFHEA - 2022 onwards


I am available to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses (but not postgraduate research/PhDs).

If you are a current student in COMSC, please get in touch if you think you'd like to work with me. I'm happy to have an informal discussion about your ideas or a project you'd like to work on and allow us to get to know each other a little better before making a final decision on supervision.