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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About David Cobham

David Cobham has been teaching, researching and providing consultancy in I.T. and Information Systems for over 35 years. His interests span business, computing and education having originally graduated in Economics and then completed postgraduate programmes in Mathematics at Kings College London and Computer Science at City, University of London, then a PhD in Information Systems and Constructive Alignment in Higher Education from the University of Lincoln. Throughout his career he has been a departmental leader. David has developed many links with businesses, some leading to new systems developments or reports, and others generating research activity leading to published output. He has provided consultancy 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 privatisations of the former nationalised industries, and ensuring the integrity of legacy systems. Most recently he has worked closely with the military in the UK and overseas in the design, accreditation and delivery of programmes in intelligence systems. He has also been at the forefront of designing innovative programmes in transnational education and has published work and presented papers at conferences in the UK and overseas on these topics. 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; because of interest in the far-East it has been translated into Mandarin. David is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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 the Higher Education Academy
  • Chartered IT Professional