Why Computing

Date:    Thursday 22 Jan 2015
Time:     18:30 – 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start (Please Note…this is a thursday)
Speaker:    Lisa Payne – tinyurl.com/paynePhDReport2013
Location:    ECG-01 – Coventry University Engineering & Computing block – Ground Floor

Abstract:     Lisa’s talk, entitled “Why Computing?: lessons for industry and the profession”, will cover aspects of her recently completed PhD research work. The aim of her project was to understand the processes by which students decide to apply for a computing degree. However the project led to a range of findings and recommendations for the range of stakeholders who have an interest in the education of computing students. This talk will focus mostly on those aspects which directly affect the IT industry and computing profession.

Lisa will look at (a few of) the issues which have led to there being a national shortage of IT Skills and yet computing having the highest level of graduate unemployment of all disciplines. Also, she will discuss the image of computing and public (mis )perceptions about computing. However she will also present findings relating to her prime initial objective and consider (some of) the issues influencing which young people choose to enter computing. Recommendations for the profession and industry will be included.

Lisa Payne spent some years early in her career working in the IT industry. Later, she spent over 25 years as a Computer Science lecturer, mostly at Coventry University, latterly as a Principal Lecturer. The ‘Why Computing?’ project was undertaken during a period when she was a full-time PhD research student, part-time lecturer and an Honorary Lecturer. Lisa remains an Honorary Lecturer, in the Department of Computing at Coventry University.

Speakers slides: LPayneSeminarJan15

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