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The School of Computer Science and Informatics encourages and supports candidates from diverse backgrounds applying for roles within the School.
We are proud of our reputation for supporting all our staff at different stages of their career in a host of different ways, from flexible working arrangements to career progression opportunities.
Here are the stories of just a few of our staff in very different roles and stage of career who have benefited from our inclusive and welcoming culture.
Dr Catherine Teehan, Lecturer, and Placement and Employability lead
Dr Catherine Teehan has a long history with the School of Computer Science and Informatics after returning to Higher Education as a mature student in 2008. After gaining a first class honours in her undergraduate degree, she pursued a PhD whilst taking on teaching and work placement roles within the School. But her journey has not been easy as she was beset by serious illness and funding issues, which would have forced her to abandon her research studies if it was not for the support of the School.
“I had no funding for a PhD but pursued it as I was really passionate about my research. A year into it I got ill, needed a big operation and had to take a year’s break. I was working part-time at a supermarket and doing a Teaching Assistant role to help fund my studies, but was not eligible to sick pay as a mature student so could not afford the fees. After speaking to some colleagues about my situation, the School said that they would fund me. You see the true nature of people when you’re in trouble; no-one stood back and thought “this is not my problem” - they wanted to try and fix it and make it right. It felt like the whole Senior Management Team were behind me.
“The School’s work placement programme had started a year previously and was growing. I took it over and in 2015 got an official job as Placement Officer. We have gone from placing a handful of students in the first year to placing around 60 last year, and have 54 confirmed placements this year during the pandemic. I am very proud of it.
“Around the same time that I took over the placement programme, Technocamps had started and I helped facilitate CPD sessions. Our STEM Ambassadors programme grew out of this and I am really proud of what it’s become; a robust placement and outreach programme. We have gone from six STEM Ambassadors in 2015 to 118 signed up this year and have a dedicated team of six staff.
“I’m very aware that neither of these programmes would be as successful if I didn’t have the support of management within the School, and I feel lucky to be working in that kind of supportive environment.”
Dr Kathryn Jones
Dr Kathryn Jones has worked at the School of Computer Science and Informatics for more than three years as a lecturer, teaching modules on BSc Applied Software Engineering. She is also Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching for the School.
“I spent 12 years working as a Commercial Software Engineer in the telecommunications industry where I went from being a junior developer in a start-up company to a senior developer at an SME. I decided to make a move back to academia when the opportunity came to apply for a lectureship at the National Software Academy (NSA). I have recently been promoted from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer.
“The School is very supportive of flexible working which has really helped me to balance the responsibilities of having a family with a rewarding and busy career. I have two school aged children, and the School recently arranged my timetable commitments around school drop-off times. I also have caring responsibilities for my son who has Cystic Fibrosis; I take him to a check-up every other month and am able to work flexibly around this.
“I have a great line manager who I can talk to about issues and not only does she listen, she helps out with suggestions on how to make things better. I am fortunate to be part of a wonderful team not only at the NSA but more broadly in the School. Knowing you are part of a great team is very reassuring when times get difficult and their support has been instrumental in how I have been able to cope with the pressures of delivering my teaching during the covid-19 pandemic.”
Professor Dave Marshall
Prof David Marshall has been a lecturer at the School of Computer Science and Informatics for an incredible 31 years, making him our longest-serving academic member of staff.
Working in the field of computer vision since 1986, Prof Marshall is leader of the School’s Visual Computing Research Group, and Director of the interdisciplinary Human Factors Technology Centre. His research interests include computer vision, machine, audio/video image processing, human facial analysis, computer music and data/sensor fusion. He has published over 180 papers and a book in these research areas and has attracted over £4.5m in research funding over his academic career.
“I came to the School in 1986 as a PhD student before starting as a lecturer in September 1989. I have gone from PhD student, to Lecturer, to Senior Lecturer, to Reader, to Professor - all at Cardiff University. It has been quite a normal career pathway in terms of progression; being near or at spine points when it would be natural to apply for promotion. Luckily my performances were deemed good enough to all pass at the first hurdle. I have been well supported by Heads of School and Heads of Group over the years, without their support it would have been harder to progress for sure.
“The School has also offered much-needed support in terms of flexible working around family life over the years. Between 2004-2007 I was the sole parent of my baby daughter from birth to three-years-old. It was very challenging being sole carer to a young baby, but the School were sympathetic to my situation and I got a lot of help to work flexibly
.“Heading up our Visual Computing Research Group, my ambition is to see this grow and continue to be acknowledged as internationally leading. We have appointed some rather brilliant Early Career Researchers in recent years and I relish the opportunity of helping bring on the young researchers as academics.
“My big passion is PGR research and acting as Director of Postgraduate Research Studies in the School is my favourite role. I like bringing on PGRs as young researchers even more than the ECRs. It also keeps me young!”
Beryl has been a part of the School of Computer Science and Informatics for more than five years, currently working on a research project in collaboration with the School of Social Sciences and the Aneurin Bevan Health Board.
Originally with plans to join us for only a short-term period, the opportunities that opened up to her and support she has been given has taken her on an exciting research pathway that has also provided experience in teaching.
“I originally came over to do an ERASMUS programme and completed my Master’s thesis with Professor Roger Whitaker and Professor Stuart Allen as my supervisors. They encouraged me to apply for a PhD position, which I got. My research has focused on how smartphone-user interaction events can be used as a proxy for smartphone usage behaviours, but I have also looked into user behaviour, user mood, and smartphone addiction.
“I had the opportunity to teach undergraduate and postgraduate students within the School which I really enjoyed as I found it very rewarding to work with students.“I have most recently taken on a Research Assistant (RA) role after a colleague in the School started a new project and asked if I would like to be involved. I’m very happy with this position; not only do I appreciate my working hours of four days a week, the most important and enjoyable aspect for me is having a great team to work with and a project which I find really interesting.
“Although I never came to the School of Computer Science and Informatics with a long-term plan, the opportunities and support that I have been given has seen me progress from my Master's, to doing a PhD, to my current Research Assistant position.”