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Wednesday 29 June 2016

Professor Margaret Ross named one of the most influential women in IT

Professor Margaret Ross MBE of Southampton Solent University has been named as one of Computer Weekly’s most influential women in IT.

The top 50 women, revealed earlier this month, are all industry leaders and role models for women looking to break into what is still seen as a predominantly male dominated industry.

An emeritus professor of software quality and research fellow, Margaret has championed careers in IT – especially for women – for the last couple of decades. Quality, education and gender issues within computing are just some of Margaret’s areas of expertise.

Margaret Ross has been named as one of Computer Weekly’s top 50 Most Influential Women

Influential in the British Computer Society (BCS), Margaret holds various positions including that of nationally elected member of the BCS Council. She is also a Trustee of the BCS and The Chartered Institute for IT.

Margaret has edited over 40 books, is on the editorial board for two journals, and published over 200 papers.

She has spoken at conferences all over the world, including Scandinavia, Spain, and Australia.

In 2004, Margaret was made an honorary Fellow of the BCS and she received an MBE in 2009 for her services to higher education.

As well as this latest honour, she recently appeared alongside nine other prominent female leaders on the front cover of a BCS publication IT Now, which is circulated to over 70,000 IT professionals.

Commenting on her success this year Margaret said: “I was surprised, amazed and delighted to be identified by Computer Weekly as one of their ‘Most Intellectual Woman in UK IT 2016’, and to be one of the nine women on the front cover of IT Now magazine for summer 2016; especially as the other technologists on the cover included film star and inventor Hedy Lamarr; Marissa Ann Mayer, President and CEO of Yahoo; and Dame Steve Shirley.”

Margaret was awarded an honorary doctorate from Staffordshire University in 2004

According to recent research* by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) just 26% of digital roles are held by women. It is due to figures like this that these kind of awards are widely celebrated. Margaret is an active committee member of the BCSWomen group – a BCS specialist group that provides networking opportunities for women around the world – and she helps in providing support and mentoring for women looking to enter careers in IT.

Progressive thinkers like Margaret are leading the way in creating a shift in the digital industries. A survey from HR magazine Changeboard** found that more than 52% of UK companies have now increased the number of female IT professionals they employ over the past five years.