What are you doing now?
Following graduation I worked at a couple of firms in The City on technical roles, moving from developing new systems to managing teams of developers. We worked to decommission 40 year old mainframes, build brand new reporting platforms, expand product capabilities of mature technology platforms, and build out businesses to brand new markets.
My career has since morphed to now encompass delivering solutions to our Stock Loan and Repo trading desk, managing change in the technology and operational organisations for the bank. I am now a programme lead at Morgan Stanley, managing the delivery of a 4 year project, automating the firm’s global inventory asset distribution. This industry leading collateral management platform will enable to the bank to lower the cost of borrowing, increase access to new markets, and reduce the firm’s risk profile.
What is your favourite memory from your time studying Computer Science in St Andrews?
I can honestly say I made some real life-long friends in Computer Science, many of whom I count to be my great friends to this day. It is clichéd, but it is the other students who really help make the experience fruitful. That said, the lecturers, professors, and tutors were just as approachable, often times willing to have a general chat in the halls. With many of them studying pretty amazing/cutting edge problems, there was never a dull conversation to be had!
The annual trip to The Burn cemented many of the relationships with lecturers and student colleagues. The open ‘fireside’ chats and games/activities shared amongst the attendees gave us a different view on what the University was researching.
What was your favourite module, and why?
The courses taught on software delivery and software management have paid dividends in my career. In fact I still look to some of the papers I wrote at Uni for reference material! Modules like Component Technology and Programming Theory were conceptually the most interesting courses, teaching us the benefits of putting various pieces of technology together efficiently and quickly to meet the objective of the problem.
However, I still attest that the Final Year Dissertation was the most challenging, most time consuming, and ultimately, most rewarding course of my studies. Taking on a portion of research being performed by the university and looking to put one’s own BSc spin on the subject is no easy feat! The culmination of four years of study, modules, exams, and practicals; one is challenged to apply the skills and tools one had acquired through teaching to explore the boundaries of computing.