Applications: Experience with wide variety of desktop and web-based programs including Coda, TextMate, Eclipse, xCode, mySQL, Apache, Git (GitHub, GitLab), Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Pixelmator. Content Management Systems such as, Joomla, Wordpress, TerminalFour SiteManager. Apple Mac OS X. Familiar with Microsoft Windows and Office.
Feb 11 - Jan 17: Central Web and Digital Media Team, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA
Web Developer. First two years: part of the team responsible for the successful delivery of a major redevelopment of the University website (www.stir.ac.uk) as a key marketing resource, ensuring brand values are reflected in the creation of content. Developed a number of backend technologies and frontend assets (e.g. content layouts, navigation objects) that integrate with the University’s new content management system TerminalFour SiteManager. Migrated and redeveloped over 5000 pages to be fully responsive using the Foundation web framework. Played a key role in the design of the new website template as well as in its eventual creation. Also designed and developed a large number of microsites for the University such as stir.ac.uk/life-at-stirling. Thereafter was part of the team responsible for maintaining the website(s).
Mar 04 - Feb 11: Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA
Web Application Developer. Main developer in the building of a number of bespoke, web-based, database systems for the Institute primarily using php/mysql backend technologies accessed via a html/ajax powered frontend. For example, Gyrodactylus Risk Mapping System used GIS technology to create a real time disease spread mapping tool for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on behalf of the Institute. SentinelFarms was a simple to use farm management and benchmarking tool built for the UK trout farming industry. whatfishru is a fun online quiz survey application that captures user's answers in relation to fish eating knowledge and habits for statistical analysis within the Institute. In addition, I constructed a number of extranet and project management web applications for use by staff within the Institute. I also designed and administered a number of websites including aqua.stir.ac.uk, undertaking all coding and graphic design work on these projects.
Jul 03 - Mar 04: Freelance
Web Developer. Built CMS powered websites for a number of organisations including tradeconnections.org, obanfairtrade.org.uk, steadingcottage.com, delivino.co.uk, wildside.scot, tracss.org, mediterranearestaurant.co.uk. I carried out all coding and graphic design work on these projects.
Jun 03 - Jul 03: Speakeasy Productions Ltd, Wildwood House, Stanley, Perth, PH1 4PX
DfES Digital Archive Database Project Pilot Study. Freelance research and data entry work for the Department for Education and Skills. Provided valuable first hand experience of how databases are constructed in the professional environment.
Feb 02 - Mar 03: Speakeasy Productions Ltd, Wildwood House, Stanley, Perth, PH1 4PX
Production Assistant/Researcher. Provided the opportunity to develop essential multimedia skills, particularly from scanning and preparing images (in Adobe Photoshop) for use in a variety of different media – video, web, print. Experience of live web broadcasts – Celtic FC matches.
EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS
Sep 2003 - Sep 2004: MSc in Information Technology with Distinction (Stirling University)
Study Topics/Grades: O-O Programming (A); Foundations of IT (A); Database Principles & Application (A); HTML/Interface Design & the World Wide Web (A); Networking, Technologies for E-commerce (A); Multimedia Design & Construction (A); UML & Object Oriented Software Design (A); Decision Support Systems (B).
Masters Project: ‘Student Tracking System’ for a department at Stirling University. Bespoke Java (Swing, JDBC) front-end to a server side mySQL relational database (A)
1994 - 1998: MA with Honours Class 2.1 (Glasgow University)
Subjects: History; Film & TV Studies. Subsidiary Subjects: Scottish History; History of Art; Modern History
Additional Information: Gained exemption and merit certificate at Ordinary Level Scottish History.
Visual arts & design, photography and cinema. Music. Travel. Tennis. Hanging with friends and family.