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Margaret Low (WMG) - National Teaching Fellow 2016

Margaret Low

Margaret Low is an inspirational educator with 30 years’ experience in the HE sector. She teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at WMG, University of Warwick and she has been involved in software development, designing and developing a variety of engineering applications. Along with her teaching commitments as Principal Teaching Fellow, Margaret is the Widening Participation Officer for WMG, co-ordinating activities across the department and collaborating with other colleagues within the University.

She organises outreach and other activities for children in local schools, as well as the Royal Institution of Engineering Master Classes, which she has led at the University of Warwick since 2013. Margaret graduated with a Computer Science degree from Aberdeen University and is a Chartered Engineer and IT Professional within the British Computer Society (BCS), holding the position of Education Liaison Officer for the Coventry branch since 2008. In 2014 Margaret received the Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence, and the Faculty of Science Public Engagement Award in recognition of her teaching and outreach activities.

A key factor in Margaret’s awards has been her leadership of, and contribution to, outreach and student support activities at the University. She founded the highly successful Warwick Technology Volunteers programme for students across the University and continues to provide the academic leadership and coaching required for the student volunteers and their projects in the community.

Recently Margaret has led a number of projects including the Engaging Young People with Assistive Technologies using 3D printing and CAD, and Engaging Young Learners in CAD and 3D Printing. She is currently investigating how students access Moodle module content, reviewing usage patterns to highlight which materials and resources are visited and areas where materials are less used.