Professor David Parsons

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Newton Building Room 221

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Current positions

Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor


I am a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor (VP) at the University of Salford in the School of Computing, Science & Engineering where I am also a member of the Computer Networking and Telecommunications Research Group. I was first appointed in 2000 and my current agreement runs through to the end of 2013. For many years my VP role at Salford operated alongside my part-time teaching contract. By mutual agreement my “formal” timetabled teaching finished at the end of September 2011 – shortly after my 70th birthday.  I am also a RAE VP at the University of Sheffield and have an Honorary Professorship at the Metropolitan University of London.

My earlier career included:

Barclays Bank 1958-1993. Initial working in the retail banking area but subsequently moving into the Bank’s IT Division in the early 1960’s. Following 20=years working in systems and programming at all levels, I eventually spent 12 years in senior executive roles as:

1982-1986 Head of Technical Research

1986-1989 Head of Networks

1989-1993 Group Director Advanced Technology Research.

Following early retirement from Barclays in 1993, and in addition to my work at Salford, I have:

  • Established by own technology consultancy company (1993 – date)
  • Worked part time for the European Commission (1993 – date)
  • Worked part time for the British Computer Society as their Regional Manager North. (1996-2006)
  • Worked part time as a lecturer for Sheffield Hallam University (1997-2006)

A comprehensive career resume is available.


I no longer teach formally but continue to “guest” lecture at both Salford and other institutions. In the past I have taught or assisted the teaching / assessment of the following:

  • Project Planning, Project Control and Presentation Skills
  • Network Architectures and Design (Post graduate)
  • Management Principles and Practice. (Post Graduate)
  • Introduction to Information Systems Management (under graduate)
  • Global Network Architectures (undergraduate)
  • Professional / ethical issues (undergraduate)

Supervision of final year undergraduate student projects.

External subject quality assessments – both UK and overseas at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Membership of external academic and industrial advisory boards and advisor on establishment of external advisory boards.

Research Interests

  • High Performance Computation and Networking – especially context and location aware quality of service management systems.
  • Ethical/Professional and related issues as they apply to Computing / IT.
  • Public Engagement of Science & Engineering
  • Member of the EPSRC College of Peers and have worked extensively as an Evaluator / rapporteur for the European Commission.

Qualifications and Memberships

Professionally qualified in:

  • Banking (Honours degree equivalent)
  • IT / Computing (Honours degree and masters equivalents)
  • CITP - Chartered IT Professional

Memberships include:

  • FBCS - Life Fellow of the British Computer Society
  • FRGS – Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
  • MIET – Member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology
  • MITP – Member of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals
  • Also a member of the IEEE Computer Society and the ACM
  • Professional Member of the World Future Society
  • Member of the Institute of Financial Services