Christine Irving, Research Fellow – Centre for Social Informatics, School of Computing

Name Christine Irving
Christine Irving

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.

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