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Margaret Ross MBE

Emeritus Professor Margaret Ross MBE

Professor

School of Media Arts and Technology

023 8201 6203 ext. 6203 Room no. RM328

Biography

Margaret Ross MBE is emeritus professor of software quality and research fellow at Solent University. Margaret received an MBE at Buckingham Palace in 2009 from Prince Charles for Services to Higher Education.

Margaret was awarded an honorary doctorate from Staffordshire University in 2004, became a Freeman of the City of London and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Engineers in 2001. Already an FBCS, she was awarded an Honorary FBCS in 2007 - of the 104 awarded since 1969, she is one of the seven women to have received this. Margaret was also awarded the BCS John Ivison Medal in 2011.

In 2001, she won the national PAWS Special Award for a TV soap idea that if televised could raise the profile of engineering and attract youngsters, particularly girls, to computing and technology. She is currently working with colleagues in Finland, trying to develop an internet/radio based series, through drama, to raise awareness of IT, particularly for SMEs. Its aim is also to address the shortage of computer professionals by encouraging girls and women to consider careers in IT.

Margaret's area of interest is quality, education and gender issues within a computing context. She has also been conference director since 1992 of the annual series of software quality management international conferences, aimed at benefits to industry, and since 1995 of the annual series of international educational INSPIRE conferences. She has edited over forty books, and is on the editorial board for two journals. She was previously the assistant editor responsible for Europe for the refereed Software Quality Journal, and has published about two hundred papers, many jointly with colleagues from outside the UK. Margaret has been Keynote to various conferences and invited international visitor, including to Scandinavia, Spain, Austria and Australia.

Margaret has been the external examiner for BSc and MSc courses and for over 20 PhDs, She has supervised many successful PhD students on various aspects of quality, and currently lectures part-time. 

Taught courses

Further information

  1. Industry experience

    In 1998 Margaret was appointed as senator to the Engineering Council. She was elected in 2001, as one of the 24 members to represent all the EC Registrants...

    In 1998 Margaret was appointed as senator to the Engineering Council. She was elected in 2001, as one of the 24 members to represent all the EC Registrants, onto the Registrants Panel and College A of the engineering and technology board, and was nationally re-elected in 2004. Margaret's original degrees were in mathematics.

    Margaret had been an independent member of PITCOM (Parliamentary IT Committee) and had been elected onto its council.

    Margaret was responsible for introducing the first accredited European computer driving licence course in the UK at this university. She is particularly interested in encouraging part-time education, including e-learning modes of study to enable all those who are not able to follow conventional education courses, particularly in Africa, to obtain skills and qualifications which would be of use to them.

    Margaret’s past hobbies were competition modern and Latin American dancing and riding, and she was chair of the Southampton Area of the British Horse Society for fifteen years, and organised many events including those for disabled riders.

  2. Professional activities

    Margaret Ross has been and is influential in the British Computer Society (BCS), currently holding various positions including that of nationally elected member of...
    Margaret Ross has been and is influential in the British Computer Society (BCS), currently holding various positions including that of nationally elected member of the BCS Council and is a Trustee of of the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. Margaret is Chair of the BCS Hampshire Branch, Vice Chair of the BCS national Quality Specialist Group and the BCS e-Learning Specialist Group, Secretary of the BCS GreenIT Specialist Group, Committee member of the BCS Animation and Games Development Specialist Group, the Cybercrime Forensic Specialist Group and the BCS Women Specialist Group. 
  3. Research interests

    Margaret's research interests include quality within a computing context, quality associated with web-based and distance learning education...
    • Quality within a computing context.
    • Quality associated with web-based and distance learning education.
    • Promoting access to IT for all.
    • Encouraging youngsters, particularly girls, into computing and technology.
    Professor Ross is willing to give lectures/seminars/interviews on the above.
  4. Awards

    Designated letters: EurIng Professor Margaret Ross MBE, MSc, BSc, FHEA, FBCS, CITP, CSci, CEng, HonFBCS. Margaret is interested in promoting access to IT for the aged and disabled in addition to...

    Designated letters

    EurIng Professor Margaret Ross MBE, MSc, BSc, FHEA, FBCS, CITP, CSci, CEng, HonFBCS.

    Margaret is interested in promoting access to IT for the aged and disabled in addition to encouraging youngsters, particularly girls, into computing and technology. She is active with a local charity, aimed at helping the elderly.