Dr John Isaacs

John Isaacs
Dean, School of Computing

John is Dean of School of the School of Computing at RGU and as such is responsible for the strategic planning and future direction of the computing subject area.

Having completed his PhD at Abertay University, John took up his first teaching post there in 2011, later becoming Course Leader of the BSc Computing degree. Looking for a new challenge, he joined RGU in 2014, quickly taking on leadership of the BSc Computer Science and BSc Application Software Development courses. John became a senior lecturer in Computer Science in 2017 and then Head of School in early 2020. 

John’s principal research interest lies in visualisation, modelling and real-time simulation in aiding the comprehension of complex information. He has developed interactive visualisation platforms which allow user interaction and real-time decision impact assessment. These platforms have been applied to several fields, including urban regeneration, demographic change, land use management and pollution control. These projects investigate how visualisation can be used to allow better engagement and understanding in any decision-making process through more effective use of both existing and novel hardware and software.

John remains involved in teaching and leads the stage 2 Web-Development module. He has also taught several core programming modules across all university levels.
Specialities: Software design and development. Custom 3D engine/framework development. Visualisation of complex data. Computational modelling. Web Development. Mobile Development.


  • Software design and development
  • Custom 3D engine/framework development
  • Visualisation of complex data
  • Computational modelling
  • Web Development
  • Mobile Development

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