Personal profile


Valentin (Val) is a dedicated university Senior Lecturer with more than 25 years of experience in the industry and academic environments. Specializing in web development and databases, he brings a wealth of knowledge and practical expertise to the classroom, where he teaches undergraduate students. Additionally, he serves as the Software Engineering course leader, guiding curriculum development and ensuring the highest standards of education in this field.

In addition to teaching, he is a professional member of the British Computer Society (BCS), The Chartered Institute for IT, and IEEE, reflecting a commitment to staying at the forefront of technological advancements and professional standards. His research interests are diverse, encompassing cross-cultural education, progressive and alternative educational methods, and the development of software, applications, and databases. He has a particular focus on supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and educational systems, aiming to enhance business workflows and knowledge output through innovative technology.

With extensive experience working with government institutions and private businesses, he has successfully led several projects, demonstrating a strong track record of driving efficiency, creativity, and growth. Beyond his academic and research endeavors, he is actively involved in the international arena as a Lead Expert and judge for the WorldSkills competitions in Web Technologies, contributing to global standards and mentoring the next generation of talent in this field.

His passion for integrating technology into education and business is evident in his dedication to creating environments where technology can drive significant improvements and advancements.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Database Systems Development
  • Database Principles
  • Advanced Database Concepts
  • Web Management and Development
  • Educational Computing
  • Supervisor for undergrads and master students

Education/Academic qualification

PgCert, AFHEA, AdvanceHE

Award Date: 18 Nov 2021

Master of Science, Information Systems, University of Portsmouth

Award Date: 25 Nov 2020

BSc (Hons), Computing, University of Portsmouth

Award Date: 1 Jul 2019

External positions

Expert Lead, WorldSkills International

2024 → …

International Trainer Manager, WorldSkills UK

2021 → …