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Want to take your programming to the next level? From access controls to string objects, Peter Woodward talks your language.

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.

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