School of Computing Science

Staff Profiles

Dr Jennifer Warrender

Teaching Fellow


I received my BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Computer Science from Heriot-Watt University in 2009, then in 2010 received my MSc Bioinformatics and Computational Systems Biology from Newcastle University. My PhD thesis (awarded in 2015) was supervised by Dr. Phillip Lord, in the area of Ontologies. More specifically the Ontology of Karyotypes and Mitochondria. For more information on my research activities click on the “Research” tab.

I joined the School of Computing Science in 2014 as a Teaching Assistant. I was promoted to Teaching Fellow in 2016. I mainly work with the first and second year undergraduates. For more information on my teaching activities click on the “Teaching” tab.


I support all tutorial/practical sessions for all stage one undergraduate modules. In addition, as the stage one demonstrator coordinator I train and organise postgraduate demonstrators and marking teams for these modules.

I assist with stage two undergraduate modules such as CSC2022: Software Engineering Team Project

I will be teaching on the following modules during the 2016-17 academic year:

CSC1026: Website Design and Construction - Lecturer

CSC8313: Bioinformatics Theory and Practice - Practicals

CSC1023: The software Engineering Professional - Testing and Debugging

Project Supervision:

During my time at Newcastle University I have supervised, both BSc and MSc final projects in web & mobile application development. I am interested in supervising projects in the areas of Web & mobile application development, Teaching & learning in Computing Science and Ontologies. If interested, feel free to approach me and propose your own project idea or discuss what project best fits your own interests.

Additional responsibilities:

As the peer mentor staff coordinator for the local CS peer mentoring scheme I organise stage two and stage three peer mentors for stage one and stage two direct entry mentees, ensure peer mentor training as well as liaise with (lead) peer mentors to monitor and encourage peer mentor and mentee engagement.

As a part of the outreach team at Newcastle University I work with local primary and secondary level children on various CS outreach workshops and events. For more information about all our activities see

Furthermore, as an academic staff member I continue to support the CS admission days, specifically through the informal interviewing of prospective students.



My main research activities focus on the development of ontologies, specifically using a more automated and pattern driven approach. For more information click here

In December 2015, I presented a half day tutorial on my PhD research at SWAT4LS 2015 national conference at Cambridge University and in July 2015, we won the best demo prize at ICBO 2015 international conference. In October 2014, I was asked to present as guest speaker at the inaugural “Women in Computing” event and in March 2014, I was fortunate to be asked to represent Newcastle University at the WomENcourage 2014 conference. Furthermore I was one of the local organisers for the national UKON 2016 meeting held at Newcastle University in April 2016.

For an up-to-date list of my publications, click here