Thomas Lancaster

Associate Dean, Staffordshire University

Thomas Lancaster is an Associate Dean at Staffordshire University with specialisms in Computer Science, academic integrity and student recruitment. Previously, he was Associate Head of School for Computing, Electronics and Mathematics at Coventry University and a Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City University, where he led the Computer Science course.

Thomas' main research interests stem from the Computer Science education field, where he is particularly interested in student employability and academic integrity. Thomas is well-known in the media for his work on academic integrity, contract cheating, essay mill sites and student plagiarism.

Thomas is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • 2016–present
    Associate Dean, Staffordshire University
  • 2016–2016
    Principal Lecturer, Coventry University
  • 2003–2016
    Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Birmingham City University
  • 2000–2003
    Research Assistant, London South Bank University


  • 2004 
    Birmingham City University, PGCert Education
  • 2003 
    London South Bank University, PhD
  • 1999 
    University of York, MSc Software Engineering
  • 1998 
    University of Oxford, MA/BA(Hons) Computation

Professional Memberships

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy