Dr Virginia N. L. Franqueira


I am part of the Security Group within the department of Electronics, Computing and Mathematics, and am the current programme leader for the BSc Computer Forensic Investigation and MSc Digital Forensics and Computer Security courses.

For an overview of my teaching responsibilities, research interests, latest publications and scholarly activities, refer to my: University Profile Page

What is going-on for academic year 2016-2017 (in chronological order)

These activities were organised for students from the BSc Computer Forensic Investigation and MSc Digital Forensics and Computer Security courses. For some activities, students from BSc Cyber Security and MSc Cyber Security were also invited.

  • Mobile Forensics with Cellebrite Tools extra module – students had the opportunity to undertake Cellebrite’s exams and potentially obtain Cellebrite UFED CCLO and CCPA certificates.
  • Students had the opportunity to meet 3 Digital Forensic practitioners from EY – from Computer Forensics and eDiscovery divisions – on 15 November 2016.
  • Get-together lunch on 9 December 2016.
  • Digital Forensics Workshop for students with 6 guest speakers; Event @ Derby 14-15 Feb 2017.
  • Guest talk delivered by Dr Richard Overill about Digital Forensics research; Richard-Overill_seminar_08-03-17
  • A selected number of students who attended the talk on 15 February had the opportunity to visit digital forensic labs at Derbyshire Police HQ (across different days in March 2017).
  • Guest talk entitled We Need You delivered by Tracey Ancliff who is HSBC Head of Cyber Security. The talk will take place on 07 March 2017 – 10am in OL2.
  • An outreach event was organised for Trent College. A group of 13 students came to our labs for a variety of activities related to Digital Forensics and Robot Programming. Three second year students from BSc Computer Forensic Investigation participated in delivering the activities. This happened on 15 March 2017.
  • A crime scene activity, delivered at the University’s Evidence House, was organised for 20 March 2017, delivered by the Forensics Science Department to our students.
  • Students were offered the opportunity to attend the Cyber Security Expo 2017 that will happen in Bristol on 30 March 2017.

Example dissertation projects

Some interesting dissertation projects produced by our BSc Computer Forensic Investigation students (since academic year 2014-2015).
Sharing of these dissertations has been authorised by the students themselves.

Papers published with our students

Published papers derived from students’ work (BSc Computer Forensic Investigation and MSc Digital Forensics and Computer Security).

Research with our students

Short-term research project entitled “Classification of Images’ PhotoDNA Using Deep Learning” funded by the University of Derby through the URSS scheme for undergraduates (bursary of £2198).
Student George Lee (2nd year BSc Computer Forensic Investigation) performed the research supervised by myself, Dr Xiaojun Zhai and Dr Minsi Chen.
Results were presented at the University’s Learning and Teaching Conference in Buxton on 03/07/2017.

Destination of our graduates

This is just a sample of organisations that graduates from BSc Computer Forensic Investigation are now working for.

  • Derbyshire Police
  • Lincolnshire Police
  • Thames Valley Police
  • Consilio LLC (eDiscovery services and consulting)
  • iomart (Cloud Hosting)
  • BlackBerry (penetration testing division)
  • Context Information Security
  • QA Consulting
  • TechnologyOne Cloud
  • BenevolentAI (AI: Artificial Intelligence)
  • Nestlé