Margaret joined WMG in 1988 as a member of the simulation and modelling team, designing and developing a variety of engineering applications. Presently, she contributes to teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate modules for WMG's full time courses.
Margaret is also Director of Outreach and Widening Participation for WMG, leading on outreach activities across the department and collaborating with other colleagues within the University. To increase engagement in the local community, Margaret and her team deliver inspiring interactive presentations, workshops and demonstrations. Previous successful projects include the Engaging young people with assistive technologies using 3D printing and CAD and Engaging Young Learners in CAD and 3D Printing. CAD teaching resources created during these projects are freely available on each project website.
Back in 2008, realising the potential of Scratch, Margaret began using it for school outreach activities, running workshops for teachers and pupils. She also created the Technology Volunteers project to include Warwick students in these activities. The workshops Margaret has developed are used by the Technology Volunteers in local primary and secondary schools to introduce software development to approx. 200-250 children each year.
Margaret is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS) and acts as Education Liaison Officer for the Coventry branch. In 2016 Margaret was awarded an HEA National Teaching Fellowship.
In May 2019 WIHEA and WMG jointly hosted Margaret's Inaugural Lecture 'Computers, Creativity and Children' to celebrate her appointment as Professor.
Over the last decade Margaret has been an active working member of Computing At Schools (CAS), a national grass roots organisation, drawing its membership largely from academics, teachers, and IT professionals, whose aim is to improve how Computer Science is taught in schools. She co-runs the Computing At Schools Coventry Community.
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