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Neville Palmer, Senior Lecturer

Neville Palmer MSc

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies


Neville started his career as a radio and electronics officer in the Merchant Navy. He became interested in computing and, after returning to full time education, worked in IT-related roles for various companies, including Plessey and IBM, while studying for a degree through the Open University. Eventually he joined Solent University as a lecturer, teaching radio and electronics, and eventually became involved in the development and teaching of the computer networking degree programme at Solent from its inception. He studied for an MSc in Software Engineering while at Solent.

He is a Fellow of AdvanceHE (the Higher Education Academy) and member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He is also a member of the British Computer Society, being a committee member of the Hampshire Branch and Inclusion Officer. He is also a member of the National Autistic Society.

Taught courses

Further information

Industry experience

Neville started his career with the International Marine Radio Company as a marine radio and electronics officer. After further study, he worked as a trials engineer on project Ptarmigan at Plessey, and then as a test engineer for IBM on the new National Air Traffic Control Centre, before joining Solent. He maintains close links with industry and his present area of interest is industrial networking.

Teaching experience

Neville has almost 30 years' teaching experience in further and higher education in the fields of radio communication, electronics and computing. He was one of the original team members who designed the computer networking degree programme. He is also a Cisco instructor. In the past, Neville has taught on marine radio courses and has been a Global Maritime Distress and Safety (GMDSS) examiner for 25 years for the Association of Marine Electronic and Radio Colleges.

Research interests

Neville’s research interests include network automation and configuration management. He also actively maintains an interest in industrial networking, including the security aspects. Other computing research interests include software defined networks and augmented reality. He also has an interest in special educational needs, in particular autism.

Recent publications

  • Palmer, N., 2019. An Application to Automate Assessment in a Computer Networking Laboratory. The 25th International Conference on Automation and Computing (ICAC19). Lancaster University, September, 2019. Accepted.
  • Palmer, N., 2019. Automating the Assessment of Network Security in Higher Education. IEEE International Conference on Computing, Electronics & Communications Engineering 2019 (IEEE iCCECE '19). London Metropolitan University, August 2019. Accepted.
  • Palmer, N., Batola, J. & Earle, W., 2019. An Application to Automate the Configuration Management and Assessment of Practically Based Learning Outcomes in Computer Networking. 11th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies. Palma de Mallorca, July 2019
  • Palmer, N., Batola, J. 2019. All that’s gold doesn’t necessarily glitter: Autism and fulfilling potential. Presentation at Solent Learning and Teaching Community Conference, Southampton, June 2019.
  • Palmer, N., Batola, J. & Earle, W., 2019. Automating the Configuration Management and Assessment of Practical Outcomes in Computer Networking Laboratories. Intelligent Computing Proceedings of the 2018 Computing Conference. Arai, K., Kapoor, S. & Bhatia, R. (eds.). Springer, Vol. 2. p. 307-318 12 p. (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing).
  • Palmer, N., Bourne, P. & Skrabala, J., 2019, Quantifying the Effectiveness of First-Hop Redundancy Protocols in IP Networks. Numerical Methods and Applications 9th International Conference, NMA 2018, Borovets, Bulgaria, August 20-24, 2018, Revised Selected Papers. Nikolov, G., Kolkovska, N. & Georgiev, K. (eds.). Springer, p. 55-63 9 p.
  • Palmer, N., Batola, J., 2018. Teaching, Learning and Employability for Students with Autism. Presentation at Solent Learning and Teaching Community Conference, Southampton, June 2018.
  • Palmer, N., Batola, J. & Lane, A., 2017. Introducing Industrial Computer Networks into the Curriculum through a Partner Informed Case Study. Computing Education from Enrolment to Employment. INSPIRE. Southampton: BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, p. 21-31 11 p.
  • Palmer, N., 2017. Portable tool for assessing practical learning outcomes. 2017 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), Athens. IEEE, p. 688-692 5 p.
  • Palmer, N., 2016. Prototype application to address the challenges of criteria-based assessment. 2016 SAI Computing Conference, London. IEEE, p. 836-842 7 p.
  • Palmer, N., 2016.Case Study Based Design of Prototype Assessment Application, BCS INSPIRE 2016 Conference, Bournemouth, March 2016.
  • Palmer, N., 2016. A prototype application for the generation of assessment and feedback reports, Workshop at HEA STEM conference, Nottingham, January 2016.
  • Palmer, N., 2015. Work in progress-Automation of a computer networking laboratory, IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON) Estonia 2015. IEEE, p. 348-353 6 p.
  • Palmer, N., Butt, P., Batola, J., 2014. Transforming Learner Identities Through Learner Engagement, The Second European Conference on Education, Brighton, July 2014.
  • Palmer, N., Batola, J., 2008. Virtual World – Real Student Motivation? Readings in Education and Technology: Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Communication Technologies in Education, Corfu, July 2008.
  • Palmer, N., Batola, J., Baron, S., Jones, M, 2008. Social Networking Sites Within Higher Education, Threat Or Opportunity? Electronic Engineering Conference 2008, Loughborough, 2008.
  • Palmer, N., Batola, J. 2006. Constraints and Possible Solutions in Designing a Practical Computing Unit to Address the Problems of Students Diversity, BCS Inspire Conference, Southampton, April 2006.
  • Palmer, N. & Batola, J., 2006. Strategies and experience in dealing with widening participation and diversity in teaching computer networking. Proceedings of HEA Conference 2006.
  • Palmer, N. & Batola, J., 2006, Student learning strategies for success in computer networking. Proceedings of the International Conference on Innovation, Good Practice and Research in Engineering Education 2006.

Work in progress

Neville is actively working on assessment automation projects and is in the process of preparing the outcomes for presentation at international conferences. He is in the process of developing new laboratory materials to meet the demands of changing technology and research-informed teaching. He is Inclusion Officer for the Hampshire Branch of the British Computer Society and is in the process of organising further events to promote understanding in this area.


In 2008, Neville was awarded a joint Curriculum Fellowship with Dr Jomo Batola that enabled them to pursue research interests in pedagogy.