What are you doing now?
After a short time as a Software Engineer for Sword Ciboodle, I joined PricewaterhouseCoopers as I wanted to get a more general business education (but I couldn’t afford to go back to university). Ultimately I qualified as a Chartered Accountant and after a few years I moved to RBS, where I still work in a Financial Planning and Analysis team.
However, not for much longer… My love of all things techy has not left me, and right now I’m launching a start-up business with a good friend of mine (blatant plug: www.airts.co.uk). Hopefully both my technical skills and my business skills will come in handy. We’re going to be helping organisations model and solve really hard combinatorial problems (timetabling, scheduling etc.) It’s an exciting time!
What is your favourite memory from your time studying Computer Science in St Andrews?
I loved my time at St Andrews and I’ve loads of great memories but my favourite times (from an academic point of view!) were when working in the labs. There was great camaraderie amongst the class, especially when we were working on group projects. The project that turned the whole lab into an automated fulfilment warehouse using Lego was particularly memorable and enjoyable.
What was your favourite module, and why?
I think doing my dissertation was my favourite part of the course as it was the first time I’d had the opportunity to spend the time building something myself that was a fairly large system and that brought a real sense of achievement.
But to be honest, I really enjoyed all of it. It never seemed like a chore going to lectures as I was so interested in the subject.
I would advise any prospective student to study something they are passionate about. You’ll enjoy your time at university much more, and you’ll get better marks.