MR John Kelleher

Head of Dept of Comp & Creative Pract

Contact Details

Head of Dept of Comp & Creative Pract



As Head of Department within the School of Engineering & Design, I manage the delivery academic programmes across computing, creative design, fine art, performing arts and writing & literature. The dept welcomes almost 600 students and comprises over 40 staff.

I sit on the board of the Western Development Commission, a statutory body tasked to promote both social and economic development in the Western Region. 

I co-founded Appsolo in 2010 to take years of teaching and test it in the 'real world'. Appsolo develop cutting edge line-of-business bespoke applications in Microsoft development platforms and supporting open-source solutions.

At IT Sligo, I held programme chair for Software in the Computing & Creative Practices department assisting with the development of current and emerging programmes of study. My teaching and research centres on software development (WPF, WCF, Silverlight, ASP.NET MVC), web development (JS, JQuery, CSS3, HTML5) and Human Computer Interaction with regular distractions into research/industry.

I take seriously the business of equipping our students with knowledge of the latest big movements in software development and design. At IT Sligo, we've enjoyed great success with our students and hopefully prepared the foundation for even greater achievements as these developers of tomorrow find their feet in the industry.

Specialties: programme development; MS client- & server-side technologies; HCI/UX; e-learning technologies; rich client-side javascript frameworks

Research Interests

Software development, particularly with user experience priorities and a modern full-stack approach.
Micro-controllers: Arduino-based predominantly.

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2014) Computer Applications and Information Systems (WCCAIS)
John Kelleher (2014) Employing git in the classroom Computer Applications and Information Systems (WCCAIS) [Details]
(2007) Proceedings of the Computer Science Community of Practice Workshop
John Kelleher (2007) Dotnetnuke as a learning environment: Employing a CMS to manage online/offline course delivery Proceedings of the Computer Science Community of Practice Workshop [Details]


  Employer Position From / To
IT Sligo Head of Department (Computing & Creative Practices) 01-NOV-15 /
IT Sligo Lecturer in Computing School of Business & School of Engineering & Design 01-SEP-90 /
Appsolo Ltd. Principal 01-MAR-16 / 01-MAR-16


  Year Institution Qualification Subject
1994 Dublin City University M.Sc. Computer Science
1989 Dublin City University B.Sc. Computer Applications

Other Activities


I am a member of the board of the Western Development Commission (WDC). The Western Development Commission (WDC) is a statutory body that was set up to promote both social and economic development in the Western Region (Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Roscommon, Galway and Clare) by:
a) ensuring that government policy is directed at improving the social and economic situation in the region.
b) Developing projects in tourism, industry, marine, renewable energy, technology and organic agri-food, and so on.
c) Operating the €32 million Western Investment Fund (WIF) to provide loans and equity to business and local communities in the West.

Teaching Interests

  • Software Development
  • Front-end web development
  • User Experience