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Richard Buckland

Professor in Computer Security, Cybercrime, and Cyberwar, UNSW Sydney

Richard Buckland is a Professor in Computer Security, Cybercrime, and Cyberterror at the University of New South Wales. His research is in Security Engineering and Education. Currently he is working on non-mark based motivation in online education, and protocols for secure electronic elections in untrusted environments. Richard is the UNSW Director of First Year Experience, Director of SECedu - the Australian Cyber Security Education network, and Director of Cybersecurity Education School of Computer Science and Engineering UNSW.

He holds degrees in Science and in Economics, and has been awarded the University Medal in Computer Science and the Vice Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence (twice). He has been awarded numerous state national and international teaching awards including awards from the Australian College of Educators, the Australasian Association of Engineering Educators, and the The Australian Learning and Teaching Council. Richard was the Australian ICT educator of the year in 2013 (iAwards) and in 2008 was the Engineering Educator of the Year for Australia and New Zealand.

Richard has a love for teaching and a deep faith in the potential of all his students. He has taught over 10,000 students face to face at numerous levels including primary school, high school, undergraduate, postgraduate and professional students, and hundreds of thousands of students electronically. He has a passionate belief in the importance of education, of learning, of thinking. He has a particular interest in gifted and talented students and students with learning difficulties.

Richard's online computing lectures have had over two million views and in 2012 he ran the first Australian MOOC "UNSW Computing 1". He is co-founder of education startup an open MOOC and flipped teaching platform designed to delight students as well as teachers.

Before commencing his second degree he worked as an actuary and management consultant and a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.


  • 2016–present
    Director First Year Experience, UNSW
  • 2015–present
    Director Security Engineering Capability, SecEDU
  • 2014–2018
    Director Professional Education Governance Board, ACS