Six years of study pays off as Abrar is awarded a PhD

Abrar Ullah, Systems Analyst and Web Programmer with BSSU, was recently awarded a PhD from the University of Hertfordshire.

Abrar began working towards his PhD in 2011 when he registered and submitted his initial PhD proposal entitled 'Security and usability of authentication by challenge questions in online examination'. The submission was followed by a doctoral review before Abrar commenced writing his thesis. The latter stages of the process involved Abrar's defence of his thesis, including participation in a viva.

Abrar describes working towards his PhD as enjoyable in many respects but not without its challenges. It can be a slow process with the frustration of awaiting feedback at each stage and the pressure of contributing and defending a unique piece of research. Abrar presented papers at several overseas conferences, submitted journal papers for review, worked towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Research Development Programme (RDP) goals, whilst dealing constructively with acceptance or rejection of each piece of work. Abrar successfully juggled these challenges with working full-time at the Wales Deanery and spending time with his four young children. His wife was also studying for her Masters’ degree whilst Abrar was working towards his PhD.

Abrar is grateful for the considerable support from his colleagues at BSSU, in particular Paul Kirk, Manager of the Unit who has an e-learning background which proved invaluable, fellow Web Programmer Jay Beavan, and former colleague Lyndon Ellison. Abrar also values the support he received from his family over the six years.

BSSU and all at the Wales Deanery would like to congratulate Dr Abrar Ullah on his fantastic achievement and wish him well with his future work.

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