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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About David Cobham

David Cobham is a Principal Fellow of Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy) who has been teaching, researching and acting as a consultant in I.T. and Information Systems for over 35 years. He has interests in both business and computing having originally graduated in Economics and then completed postgraduate programmes in Mathematics at Kings College London and Computer Science at City University, then a PhD in Information Systems from the University of Lincoln. All his academic posts have entailed departmental leadership. David has utilised his expertise in developing many links with businesses, some leading to systems developments or reports, and others generating research activity leading to published output. He has acted as a consultant to amongst others Ford, NatWest Bank, Logica and leading stock brokers Cater Allan. He has reported on systems effectiveness, designed and developed new implementations and has tested and maintained systems. Examples of business consultancy leading to implementation of new systems include the share dealing aspects of both the demutualisation of building societies and the privatisation of the former nationalised industries, and the ensuring the integrity of Y2K legacy systems. Most recently he has worked closely with the military in the UK and overseas in the design, delivery and accreditation of training and education programmes in intelligence systems. He has published work and presented papers at conferences in the UK and overseas. He is the author of the standard university text “Business Information Systems: Analysis Design and Practice”. This book has over 400 citations recorded on Google Scholar, has run to six editions, and because of interest in the far-East it has been translated into Chinese.

Department Responsibilities

Previously Interim Head of College of Science, Dean of Faculty of Media, Humanities and Technology; Head of the School of Computer Science, Head of the Department of Computing and Informatics. Currently responsible for the development of Transnational Education, in particular building and supporting collaborative educational partnerships and branch campuses, and the promotion of student mobility resulting from these ventures. 

Subject Specialism

Business information systems, transnational education, computing pedagogy including military education, higher education management


  • PhD, Information Systems and Constructive Alignment in H.E., 2009
  • MSc Computer Science, 1992
  • Postgraduate Diploma, Computing, 1986
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Mathematics, 1983
  • BA(Hons) Economics, 1981

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow of the British Computer Society
  • Principal Fellow of Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy)
  • Chartered IT Professional