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Andy Watson

“I have had a steady career progression after starting out as an apprentice fitter with Kawasaki Precision Machine Company. As part of the apprenticeship I studied here at the college and was awarded an Ordinary National Certificate and Higher National Certificate in mechanical and production engineering. I then completed a Higher National Diploma and B.Eng (Hons) Degree with the University of Plymouth in Mechanical Engineering.”

“I then joined the Royal Air Force as a commissioned Officer Navigator Branch and then returned to Plymouth to become a Senior Draughtsman at Paper Converting Machine company where I soon moved up through the ranks to become a Project Engineer.”

“I then returned to the University of Plymouth to achieve a PhD in Artificial Intelligence (Computing) working with Rolls Royce designing turbine blades for their latest Trent engine. After my PhD I worked as a research fellow with British Aerospace working on stealth technology and future aircraft design.”

“I started teaching computing masters students as part of my PhD studies and enjoyed it so started to actively look into a career in teaching. This is when I obtained a lecturers job here at the College.”

“The most rewarding part of this job is seeing the students being awarded their Degrees at the end of their course. I really enjoy interacting with and watching them develop into independent learners.”

“I have always enjoyed working in academia and my role as lecturer, by necessity, requires me to keep up to date with the fast moving world of computing. This position has allowed me to continue working on my research interests meaning I can continue to gain more knowledge and keep revising the my foundation degree computing course to suit this ever-changing industry.”