Opening Doors and Improving Prospects...Computing at Work
Martin McKinney BSc MSc PFHEA, Professor of Computing, presents as part of the Inaugural Professorial Lecture series
benefits of a university education are widely recognised and, in spite of the
introduction of tuition fees in 1998, there has been a rapid growth in the
number of students choosing to study at university. Nevertheless, for many, university
study continues to be nothing more than an aspiration that they feel is
University is acknowledged as being at the forefront of widening access and
widening participation activities. As a modern, forward thinking, civic University
there are many reasons for Ulster's success in this arena, not least its many
and varied initiatives, interventions and innovations directly aimed at
breaking down access barriers. Northern Ireland has an established
international reputation for having the necessary highly skilled workforce for
today's knowledge economy and computing at Ulster has played, and will continue
to play, a significant role in this. In particular, the subject of computing
has risen to the challenge and provided opportunities for students from
non-traditional backgrounds and disadvantaged communities not only to succeed
at university but to develop the skills and confidence necessary for a
successful career within the IT industry.
lecture will reflect upon personal experiences of, and contributions to, a
range of key innovative developments and initiatives that have supported this
growth in student participation, thereby allowing non-traditional and disadvantaged
students to achieve their maximum potential.
The response will be
given by Professor Alastair Irons, National Teaching Fellow, University of
The event takes place in Lecture Theatre 8 and is open to everyone.
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