What are your qualifications?
Christine holds two degrees: a BA (Hons) in Information Management from Queen Margaret University College (now Queen Margaret University); an MSc in Lifelong Learning and Development from Glasgow Caledonian University.
What has been your career path to date?
Christine’s career path has taken her from the hospitality and tourism industry to the field of information science and the world of research. A common theme has been people and the provision and use of information. Whilst working in the tourism industry she was involved in the design and development of the industries early computer systems.
As a part time research fellow within the Centre for Social Informatics in the Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation and School of Computing Christine has been involved with a number of research projects mostly relating to library and information science but in 2012/2013 she was involved in research relating to student work placements relating to Edinburgh Napier’s E-Placement scheme within the School of Computing and other HE and FE schemes in Scotland. For more details see Christine’s IIDI page In September 2014 she will be embarking on a PHd by Published Works.
When not at Edinburgh Napier University Christine is a Freelance Information Professional and also serves on a professional body committee and is a member of the Scottish Information Literacy Community of Practice where she looks after the on-line presence and regularly blogs. Throughout the course of her career Christine has worked with both the private and public sector and professional bodies and has taken advantage of opportunities to work on a variety of different projects gaining a broad range of experiences and skills.
What is your involvement with Connect?
Christine attends the Connect events when she can. She enjoys meeting the female students and sharing her experience with them.
What is your experience as a woman working in computing?
The area of computing in which Christine works is information science where women are quite well represented. However, in general, she recognises that this is not the case in all areas. She hopes that her experience will encourage more women to embrace opportunities offered or create their own opportunities and believe in themselves.
Christine is particularly keen to emphasise the benefits of networking and being involved in professional bodies.