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Peter Woodward

Peter Woodward wearing a plaid shirt

Peter teaches a short course in C++ (Part 2) Object Oriented Programming

Peter Woodward is currently working as a researcher in the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London.

He is developing e-learning tools to help train doctors in the diagnosis of stroke. Before joining Imperial in February 2010, Peter was employed for three years at the Human Computer Interaction Design (HCID) centre at City, University of London working on developing tools for medical handovers.

His earlier research work included 3D graphics in television with the BBC and Air-Traffic Control simulation with ENAV (the Italian Air Traffic Control organisation). Peter has worked in teaching for a number of years including as a teaching assistant at university and as a lecturer for post-16 students in further education. In addition he has also worked as an online tutor.

In the more distant past Peter worked in the broadcast industry as a 3D graphics programmer for ITN, writing engineering software for broadcast news programmes. In addition to the academic, research and industrial work experience described, Peter has a Master's degree in Computer Science from Queen Mary University of London.

Great teachers convey a passion for their subject. Peter Woodward is not just passionate about computing, he was one of the original gamers. Fascinated by games like Elite, he spent a large part of the 'early days' glued to his home computer, and learning different programming languages. Now his focus has shifted towards an interest in making computers do things for humans and serve the needs of professionals.

When he's not teaching, Peter works as an academic researcher in the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, where he is developing e-learning tools to help train doctors in the diagnosis of strokes.

Teaching is in Peter's blood. "Both my parents were teachers and I always felt I could communicate technical material within a learning environment. I also like learning new things myself and this keeps me fresh and motivated."

Teaching a group at City, University of London allows Peter to see different perspectives and help students learn. "I try to assist students in finding new and better careers and hope to provide the opportunities for their own development within the parameters of the course."

Peter advises anyone thinking of studying at City to ask themselves first: is it for career purposes or individual self-development, or both?

"If it's for your career, think carefully: can you relate and apply what you study to your work? If it's for self-development, then sit back and enjoy! In either case it's important to work hard and not be afraid to ask questions from the tutor."

Peter Woodward teaches the C++ (Part 2) Object Oriented Programming short course at City, University of London.