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Maria Kutar

Maria Kutar

Director of UG Business, University of Salford
I studied Law at undergraduate level, followed by a Masters and PhD research in Computer Science. In 2004 I joined the University of Salford, firstly in the Information Systems Institute, and then in Salford Business School. I have undertaken a variety of academic leadership roles, and led the University Research Ethics Panel. I am currently Director of UG Business and Co-Lead for the Disruptive Technologies Research and Innovation Cluster. A key theme in my role is fostering enterprise and innovation through both curriculum design and teaching delivery.

I am a recipient of 3 Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Awards and a Student Union Teaching Award, and am dedicated to delivering excellent teaching and student experience. My teaching covers a broad range of information systems areas including systems analysis and design, legal and professional issues and emerging / disruptive technologies. My teaching is centred on a constructivist approach, and uses inquiry based pedagogies to foster deep learning. An important focus is to foster creativity in students through the use of varied learning and assessment activities.

I have worked with a range of businesses on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, including a current Digital Transformation project with Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, and have contributed to the delivery of short courses in digital transformation to senior leaders.

I was Chair of the Psychology of Programming Interest Group 2004-2018, member of the British Computer Society Ethics Expert Panel 2004-2006, and am a current Board Member for the UK Academy for Information Systems (UKAIS). My research interests are focused on human aspects of technology, and Learning in HE.

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