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Professor Margaret Low's Inaugural Lecture - 9 May 2019

On behalf of the University of Warwick, David Mullins, Acting Head of Department, WMG, invites you to celebrate Margaret Low's recent appointment as Professorial Teaching Fellow with an inaugural lecture.

Titled 'Computers, Creativity and Children', Margaret's talk will consider the challenges of teaching computing, and the importance of creativity in technology focused education, particularly when engaging with younger people. It explores the role of a community based approach, such as is provided by Scratch (from MIT) and also the importance of physical computing to capture the interest of young learners. It also describes the activities of the Technology Volunteers, a group of students who have been taking these ideas into local schools for the past 10 years.

Hosted by WMG and the Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA), the lecture will take place at 17:00 on Thursday, 9 May 2019 in Lecture Theatre OC0.03 in the Oculus Building, followed by a celebratory drinks and canapés reception, closing at 19.00. Please arrive at the Oculus Building at 16:45.

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Professor Gwen van der Velden, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (Student Learning Experience) said of Margaret:

Professor Margaret Low never ceases to surprise me with her creative approaches to engaging students and pupils with technology and computing. Every time she walks into my office with an idea, I find she’s come up with another original approach to her engagement mission. Margaret is a winner of the prestigious National Teaching Fellowship award (2016), and has inspired many colleagues and professionals around her. Her inaugural lecture will be yet another great opportunity to see this exceptional woman do her magic.

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About Professor Margaret Low

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Margaret Low has over 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. Margaret 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 through 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. In 2016 Margaret was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy.

A key factor in Margaret’s awards has been her leadership of, and contribution to, outreach and student support activities at the University. In 2008, she founded the highly successful Technology Volunteers project (through Warwick Volunteers) 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.