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Steve Gough

Director of Cyber Security and Digital Assurance

Steve Gough

Steve has worked in IT since 1986, starting with teaching introductory computing and programming at the University of Oxford. He then became a departmental IT technician in Physiology at Oxford before moving to Reading in 1994, joining the User Services Group in Computing Services. At that time, Steve's team ran road shows to demonstrate the benefits of email and the web!

Steve is now Director of Cyber Security and Digital Assurance covering the following areas of activity:

  • Cyber Security
  • Digital Accessibility
  • Asset Management
  • Software Licensing
  • DTS Business Continuity
  • DTS Disaster Recovery

Dr Tharindu Liyanagunawardena

Digital Accessibility Officer
Tharindu Liyanagunawardena

Tharindu is passionate about technology and using technology to make the world a better place. She has almost 20 years of experience as a software engineer, educator, researcher, and educational technologist, working in both developed and developing countries. She was co-creator and lead facilitator of the Begin Programming: Build your first mobile game, the University of Reading's first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the FutureLearn platform. Her interest in accessibility was sparked by meeting a learner with colour vision deficiency in the Begin Programming MOOC. She won the prestigious European Distance and eLearning Network’s (EDEN) Best Research Paper Award for her work, Automatic captioning software: Good enough for accessibility? A case study from built environment education.

Tharindu earned her PhD from the University of Reading and was featured in the University of Reading’s “Women in Research” exhibition as a final-year PhD student. She is a Senior Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology (SCMALT), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

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