My Education

Mountbatten Building, ECS, University of Southampton

University of Southampton

After finishing my A Levels I went straight into studying for a Master of Engineering degree in Computer Science in the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. Throughout this time I have studied numerous modules which are listed below. The bracket contents detail any languages which were used during the module.

Year 1

  • Computer Systems & Applications
  • Programming Principles (Java)
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Formal Methods
  • Advanced Programming (Java, C++)
  • System Administration Tools & Techniques
  • Computer Architecture
  • Software Engineering (UML)
  • Data Structures & Algorithms

Year 2

  • Software Engineering Group Project (Java)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software Analysis & Design
  • Operating Systems (C)
  • Database Systems (MySQL, Java)
  • Compiler Engineering (Java)
  • Communications & Networks
  • Artificial Intelligence (Java)
  • Distributed Computing
  • Theory of Computing
  • Computational Systems (Scheme)
  • Professional & Legal Issues

Year 3

  • Individual Project (PHP, MySQL, JavaScript)
  • Security & Information Technology (PHP)
  • Software Quality Assurance & Project Management
  • Management 1
  • Scripting Languages (Perl, JavaScript)
  • Advanced Databases
  • Advanced Networks
  • Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme

Year 4

  • Group Design Project (eCert - JISC)
  • Individual Research Project
  • Enterprise Web Development (PHP, MySQL)
  • Applications of Security in Information Technology
  • E-Business
  • Rich Internet Applications

The Group Design Project (GDP) involved working in a team with three other students to complete a project for the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). The goal of the project was to engineer a solution to facilitate the secure transfer of digitally signed and controlled e-certificates within an e-portfolio to an enquiring party. This project achieved all essential and some optional requirements with success. Since the projects completion all team members have continued their involvement with the eCert project, including tutoring a colleague in Java and the composition of a magazine article. This project involved producing a working system as well as a high quality academic report. Both aspects of the project were a great success.

My dissertation (Year 3 Individual Project) involved constructing a competition draw system for the England TaeKwon-Do Association (ETA) which has since been deployed. It is a PHP based system which allows instructors to enter their students into a competition, on completion an administrator can merge any necessary categories and generate the draws based on a set of rules. Throughout this project I maintained regular contact with my client to ensure the system met both his and the academic requirements. This project was an outstanding achievement accomplishing an academic mark of 82%.

The Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme involved assisting in a primary school and towards the end teaching a lesson of my own. This experience improved my communication skills with both the teachers and the class. It was important to clearly explain my lesson plans to the teacher to ensure I was covering the agreed aspects of the syllabus whilst still teaching a lesson which was exciting inspiring. This lesson involved introducing new Maths topics to the class as well as a new technology, "zappers", which resulted in the school purchasing a set for use within all classes.

I graduated on the 25th July 2011 with a first class MEng in Computer Science.

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference

In both 2009 and 2010 I received a scholarship to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Tucson, Arizona and Atlanta, Georgia respectively. These were great experiences as I was able to attend talks given by many top female computer scientists from both industry and research. It also gave me the opportunity to discuss career options with companies such as Microsoft and Google. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who has the opportunity.

Chancellors School

I began my secondary education at Chancellors School in 2000 and remained there for the next seven years whilst studying for my GCSEs and A Levels which are listed below.

    GCSEs

  • Mathematics: A*
  • Statistics: A*
  • Double Science: A*A*
  • German: A*
  • Sociology: A
  • Drama: A
  • English Language: A
  • English Literature: B
  • Food Technology: B

    AS & A Levels

  • Chemistry (AS): B

  • Mathematics: A
  • ICT: B
  • Biology: B