Elizabeth Phillips
Oriel College, Oriel Square, Oxford, OX1 4EW | +447454 817205 | elizabeth.phillips@cybersecurity.ox.ac.uk

About me

I am currently in my second year as a DPhil Student at Oxford University's Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Cyber Security. I am currently a Graduate Teaching and Research Scholar at Oriel College.

My work sets out to investigate the risk and any potential benefits associate with the collection of Metadata. In particular, it sets to identify and mitigate potential threats posed by extracting influence and hierarchy from the communication metadata of communities of interest on Dark Web Forums. In order to help answer this question, we investigate the ability of SNA to extract hierarchy from the data and establish individuals with high influence within the network using metadata communication alone.

Outside of academia, I am also a director of Dodion Limited, a software engineering consultancy company providing software engineering to various small and large orrganisations including government.


From September 2001 to July 2006 I attended Amman Valley School in Ammanford, South Wales where I achieved 6 A*'s and 6A's at GCSE including A*'s in Mathematics, Dual Award Science, Music, French and ICT and A's in Welsh Literature, Welsh First Language, English Language, English Literature, Religious Studies and History

In September 2006 I gained a scholarship to study my A Levels at St Michael's school in Llanelli where I achieved an A in AS Biology and 4 A's in A Levels in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Chemistry and Psychology. During this time I also studied for 3 grade 8 exams as part of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) qualifications.

In June 2014, I was elected the new president for Oxford University's Women in Computer Science Society. As president, I have helped secure new sponsors for our society in addition to securing departmental funding for two students to attend the Grace Hopper Conference each year. As a member of the Oxford University Women in Computer Science society committee, I was responsible for arranging the first Women in Computer Science conference in Cambridge on 27th February 2014. I also help arrange coffee meetings and help provide direction for our new society. I also participate in Women in Computer Science events for potential students as well as additional mentoring events as a Computer Science ambassador and a university Widening Participation mentor.

In addition to my academic commitments, I am also a member of the department's Social Committee and their Equality and Diversity Committee. As the only student representative on both of these committees, my role is to voice the opinions of the students to the rest of the department and encourage greater equality across the department. These tasks include helping write the department's Athena Swan Application (to be delivered in November 2014), helping organise rounders tournaments and other social activities.

Within my college, I have recently been elected as the MCR (Graduate) IT Rep for 2014/2015. This involves maintaining the MCR's website as well as maintaining the MCR's IT equipment and helping to resolve any IT issues that the students might experience. In order to help develop the MCR's IT capabilities further, I represent the graduate community of the college to senior members of the college as well as to the University. My organisational abilities led me to being appointed to a member of the Deparment's Student Conference programme committee.