I was born at Stirling Royal Infirmary, Stirling, Scotland.
I did manage to get away from Stirling for 4 years while studying for (and gaining) a BSc (Honours) in Electronics at the University of Dundee. I returned here to study for an MSc in Software Engineering, which involed a further six months away from Stirling while on placement at STC in Harlow, Essex (this area of the world certainly made me appreciate what Stirling has to offer!). After gaining the MSc, I took up the post of Computer Officer here within Computing Science and Mathematics at the University of Stirling.
It is our job to install and maintain the computing and networking equipment within CS&M and to install the software that will run on the many and varied computers. As well as the more glamourous computer hardware and software side of things, we turn our hands to the mundane tasks of changing printer paper and toner too!
My main activities include UNIX, Windows and Mac system administration and the installation and maintenance of software packages on these operating systems.
I am the CS&M Safety Officer, Fire Officer and Workstation Assessor.
Although not being particularly talented at any one sport, I do like to get myself and others involved in a wide variety of sports. Being a member of staff at Stirling University also allows me to take part in any Intra-Mural sport, so I captain and mis-manage teams in the football and (in the dim and distant past) the softball events. I'm happy to organise occasional sporting events too, along the lines of football, softball, tenpin bowling, golf, karting, etc., especially if the event is closely followed (or accompanied) by a meal and/or a few glasses of liquid refreshment.
Living in Central Scotland gives me the opportunity to take advantage of the surrounding terrain, both on foot and by bicycle - though maybe not as often as I should!
If you would like to take a look at some photos including one or two snaps of views of the University and Stirling, you can always have a look at my picture gallery.