Andrew MacLellan

Andrew graduated in 2013 and is currently working for the University of Strathclyde as a Research Data Auditor. Below, he shares his thoughts on the course.

Prior to taking this Masters, I had a BA (Hons) Commercial Music (1st class) from University of the West of Scotland. I picked the course because I liked the combination of IT/computer science with Library/Information science. I was looking at the MSc in IT at Glasgow [University], and various library courses, but the fact that this course seemed to combine the two aspects appealed to me.

Information seeking behaviour of musicians in Glasgow

I enjoyed the information gathering and information searching elements of the course. I incorporated those aspects into my dissertation which explored the information seeking behaviour of musicians in Glasgow.

Generally speaking, those aspects of the course gave me a deeper, more contextual understanding of how information and the accessibility of information affects the lives of people everywhere. I enjoyed the Maths (matrices) part of the course, it reminded me that I'm actually good at maths.

Employment

After the course finished, I went more or less straight into my current job in Research Data Management, as Research Data Support Officer at the University of Strathclyde.

The Enterprise Architecture and Service Management modules have helped me understand the University's systems architecture and has given me the confidence to speak at meetings or give presentations related to this (I'm representing the University of Strathclyde at an upcoming Hitachi Data Systems conference to talk about how the systems are supporting good practice in research data management).

The Database development module was probably my favourite, and has given me a confidence in my ability to learn similar things quickly.

It has also enabled me to learn how to use Access quickly, and helped me to create and administer an Access database for recording and monitoring research data management activity across University of Strathclyde.