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Department of Computer Science

Mrs Hulya Francis

Mrs Hulya Francis

Telephone: 0151 231 2476

Biography

Hülya Francis is a graduate of Lancaster University with more than 20 years’ experience in teaching and learning in Higher Education in the UK as well as in a number of countries overseas. Hülya gained a first degree and postgraduate MSc from Lancaster University (UK), one of the top ten universities in the UK. Hülya gained a distinction for her research, before leaving to join higher education as a lecturer. Hülya joined Dubai Polytechnic in the United Arab Emirates, then the largest UAE University. She spent two years there before joining Dubai’s Zayed University, where she contributed to the development of the core academic model for a strong university engaged in leading undergraduate and graduate education in the UAE.
Hülya joined Liverpool John Moores University in 2002, as an appointed lecturer and subsequently was promoted to senior lecturer in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences. Since joining LJMU, Hülya has been a programme leader for a number of degree programmes, module leader on a number of modules, and level tutor for years 4, 5 and 6. Hülya has had extensive involvement in curriculum design, delivery and improvement. As a programme leader she has dealt with issues of Quality and pedagogy in curriculum design for many years.
Hülya has established a strong research and teaching reputation in the department. She believes strongly in practical ‘action research’ in real world situations outside the University, and adopted an experiential student focused approach in teaching. Hülya has taught a range of Computing subjects over the last decade and was part of a team that brought new topics such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS) into the curriculum from her research interests and commercial enterprise activities.
The substantive thrust of Hülyas’ research has been to ensure currency in a sound, up-to-date learning experience for students. Research projects she has co-managed have gained national and international reputation that are described as exemplar and are regarded by leading industry and government agencies to be important for the community. She has worked on Knowledge Transfer Projects funded by the UK Technology Strategy Board and the UK Department of Trade and Industry, and has received a number of research funds from the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, and The Mersey Sports Partnership. Hülya has a passion for improving navigation for blind and partially sighted people, as well as teaching practice in higher education.
While programme leader she has managed the development of new programmes and implemented quality assurance polices to ensure compliance. She has always sought out innovative and creative was to teach and assess her students and has built a reputation for supporting her students, evidenced by her ‘Amazing Teacher Award’ nominations.
Hulya’s work developing action research as well as innovative teaching practice is described in many papers and a major text book. Her work has attracted international honours and recognition. These include, among others, in 2014, the award of a Senior Fellowship of the prestigious UK National Higher Education Academy. Hülya has kept close contact and has actively collaborated with a number of UK institutions.
Hülya has experienced many examples of current UK practice in the field of Computing. She has been an External Examiner for the University of West of Scotland. In this capacity, she sought to maintain standards and quality concerned principally with Computer Systems and Information Systems B.Sc. (Hons.) degree programmes. In addition, she has played an active role as a committee member of the Systems Group (UK), and additionally, as advisor to the Royal National Institute for the Blind.
In addition to her teaching duties, between 2002 and 2007, Hülya was the Equal Opportunities Co-ordinator for Faculty of Technology and Environment in LJMU. The committee used to meet throughout the year to discuss and propose Equality and Diversity strategy and its application throughout the University as a whole. Between January 2014-April 2017, Hülya was the active Vice-Chair for the Equal Opportunities Committee, and was responsible for strategic development of the Committee in LJMU.

Languages

Turkish Ottoman (1500-1928)
Turkish

Degrees

2004, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education PGCHE (SEDA accredited)
1997, Lancaster University, United Kingdom, M.Sc. Information Management.
1995, Lancaster University, United Kingdom, BA (Honours) International Relations with Politics
Higher Education Funding Council for England, United Kingdom, Certificate in Teaching and Learning Senior Fellow
Higher Education Funding Council for England, United Kingdom, Higher Education Academy, Fellowship, Higher Education Academy, Jan 2003 - Jan 2003
Higher Education Academy, UK, United Kingdom, 2014 Certificate in Teaching and Learning Senior Fellow

Publications

Journal Articles

Dean E, Taylor M, Francis H, Appleton D, Jones M. 2017. An exploration of alcohol-related fire incidences Journal of Risk Research, :1-16 >DOI

Dean E, Taylor MJ, Francis H, Lisboa P, Appleton D, Jones M. 2017. A Methodological Framework for Geographic Information Systems Development Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 34 :759-772 >DOI

Taylor M, Turnbull Y, Bleasdale J, Francis H, Forsyth H. 2016. Transforming support for students with disabilities in UK Higher Education Support for Learning, 31 :367-384 >DOI

Taylor MJ, Higgins E, Francis H. 2015. A Systemic Approach to Multi-agency Community Safety SYSTEMS RESEARCH AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE, 32 :344-357 >DOI >Link

Higgins E, Taylor M, Francis H, Jones M, Appleton D. 2015. Transforming fire prevention: A case study Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy, 9 :223-236 >DOI

Higgins E, Taylor M, Francis H, Jones M, Appleton D. 2014. The evolution of geographical information systems for fire prevention support FIRE SAFETY JOURNAL, 69 :117-125 >DOI >Link

Higgins E, Taylor M, Francis H. 2012. A Systemic Approach to Fire Prevention Support SYSTEMIC PRACTICE AND ACTION RESEARCH, 25 :393-406 >DOI >Link

Taylor MJ, Higgins E, Francis M, Francis H. 2012. A Multiparadigm Approach to Developing Policy for the Location of Recreational Facilities SYSTEMS RESEARCH AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE, 29 :240-252 >DOI >Link

Kinloch P, Francis H, Francis M, Taylor M. 2009. Supporting Crime Detection and Operational Planning with Soft Systems Methodology and Viable Systems Model SYSTEMS RESEARCH AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE, 26 :3-14 >DOI >Link

Conference Publication (journal proceedings)

Dean E, Taylor MJ, francis H, Clark A. 2016. An exploration of community and culture related fire injury risks UKAIS

Lennon U, Hussain AJ, Francis H, Al-Jumeily D, Fergus P, Khalaf M, Radi N. 2015. The Impact of Social Media and its Utilisation by Pharmaceutical Companies Jumelly DA, Hussain A, Tawfik H, MacDermott A, Lempereur B. PROCEEDINGS 2015 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DEVELOPMENTS IN ESYSTEMS ENGINEERING DESE 2015, International Conference on Developments in eSystems Engineering (DeSE) :14-19 >DOI >Link

Hussain AJ, Connell L, Francis H, Al-Jumeily D, Fergus P, Radi N. 2015. An investigation into Gender Disparities in the Field of Computing Jumelly DA, Hussain A, Tawfik H, MacDermott A, Lempereur B. PROCEEDINGS 2015 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DEVELOPMENTS IN ESYSTEMS ENGINEERING DESE 2015, International Conference on Developments in eSystems Engineering (DeSE) :20-25 >DOI >Link

Tuncel MA, Francis H, Taylor M, Jones DL. 2015. Visualdrives Forensic Tool Jumelly DA, Hussain A, Tawfik H, MacDermott A, Lempereur B. PROCEEDINGS 2015 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DEVELOPMENTS IN ESYSTEMS ENGINEERING DESE 2015, International Conference on Developments in eSystems Engineering (DeSE) :107-111 >DOI >Link

Francis H, Al-Jumeily D, Lund TO. 2013. A framework to support e-commerce development for people with visual impairment Proceedings - 2013 6th International Conference on Developments in eSystems Engineering, DeSE 2013, :335-341 >DOI

Francis H, Taylor M, Wren C. 2013. Using Pictorial Representations to Support Teaching LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference

Francis H, Francis H. 2008. Police Operational Planning and Crime Detection Through Adopting an Information Systems Approach International Workshop on Enterprise Information Systems, IEEE

Kinloch P, Francis H, Francis M, Taylor M. 2008. Police Operational Planning and Crime Detection through Adopting an Information Systems Approach IIT: 2008 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INNOVATIONS IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, International Conference on Innovations in Information Technology :56-60 >Link

Francis H, Kinloch P, Taylor M, Francis M. 2007. Supporting Crime Detection and Operational Planning in Police Operations CBS KTU Trabzon, Turkey.

Francis H. 2007. GIS and Chaos Modelling in the Prediction of Dwelling Fires in Merseyside and Trabzon, A Pioneering Approach to Predictive Modelling CBS KTU

Francis H, Merabti M, Bendiab AT. 2007. Harnessing the web technology to enrich visually challenged users navigation Filipe J, Cordeiro J. WEBIST 2007: PROCEEDINGS OF THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON WEB INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGIES, VOL IT, 3rd International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies :189-+ >Link

Francis H, Bendiab T, Merabti M. 2006. Systemic Planning of Navigation Systems for the Visually Challenged UKSS Conference

Francis H, Kinloch P. 2006. Autonomic GIS in Police Operations” First International Conference/Workshop on Geographic Information Systems First International Conference/Workshop on Geographic Information Systems

Francis H, Bendiab T. 2003. Augmenting Navigation for Visually Challenged Users COGS Conference UK, September 2003.

Books

Francis H, Francis M. 2012. Soft Systems Modelling for Mere Mortals Wishing Well Productions, Smashwords, ISBN 978-1-4659-9726-5. Canada