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Leonor Barroca, 22 Jun 2018-13 Jul 2018

MS. 15797 digital 3

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(item 1) born digital audio of interview with Leonor Barroca, senior lecturer in Computing at the Open University, conducted by Georgina Ferry, 22 Jun 2018. Running time of the track is 00:46:56. Topics include:
  1. (00:00:10) childhood, early interest in Maths
  2. (00:03:15) studying Engineering at Universidade do Minho, Portugal from 1973, partaking in meetings and demonstrations during the April 1974 [Carnation] revolution
  3. (00:05:44) training as a secondary school teacher in Maths
  4. (00:06:35) leaving Portugal and moving to Oxford in 1982
  5. (00:07:05) interest and experience in coding, leading to experience in Bodleian Library writing COBOL
  6. (00:10:26) MSc in Computing, course delivery
  7. (00:13:15) explanation of functional programming and programming languages learned during the MSc
  8. (00:14:55) college affiliation with St. Cross during MSc
  9. (00:16:09) teaching post at Universidade do Minho, Portugal
  10. (00:18:17) observations and experiences of gender split in engineering and computing
  11. (00:21:10) PhD in Computing at University of Southampton
  12. (00:22:44) post PhD projects, including meeting Sebastian Rahtz, lecturer in 'Green Computing' and humanities
  13. (00:24:39) moving to the UK, post as research assistant at University of York and continued collaboration with Universidade do Minho
  14. (00:26:50) University of York research project for British Aerospace
  15. (00:28:27) working at the Open University, differences in the working environment and teaching
  16. (00:30:18) nature of work in teaching post at the Open University, computing students and access to equipment
  17. (00:33:24) research undertaken at the Open University, supervision of PhD students
  18. (00:35:43) creation of the virtual research masters and research of distance education
  19. (00:37:70) gender and proportion of women in education research and during University of York research project with British aerospace
  20. (00:39:58) degree apprenticeships in digital and technological solutions
  21. (00:40:30) student profile and attracting female students for computing at the Open University
  22. (00:42:08) family background
  23. (00:44:13) influence of the MSc in computing on the rest of Barroca's career and reflections, summary of interest in computing.
(item 2) born digital transcript of interview with Leonor Barroca, transcribed 13 Jul 2018.


  • 22 Jun 2018-13 Jul 2018


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MS. 15797 digital 3

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom