Speaker: Gail Ollis
Gail was a commercial software developer for two decades. Eventually she became so obsessed with the human aspects of the job that she began talking about them at tech conferences and gave up the day job for a psychology degree to investigate further. It provided some answers but also more questions, which she researched for her PhD in psychology of software development.
Sharing knowledge has become part of the day job in an accidental second career as an academic. She has taught both programming and cyberpsychology at Bournemouth University and researched cyber security for software developers at the University of Portsmouth, where she now has fun teaching problem solving and software engineering. She also teaches at the Open University and as an online private tutor, enjoying her “portfolio career”.
In keeping with her interdisciplinary outlook, expect neither a stereotypical software developer nor a stereotypical academic!