These oral history interviews, conducted by Georgina Ferry, capture the stories of pioneering women at the forefront of research, teaching and service provision for computing in Oxford, 1950s-1990s. Themes throughout the interviews include career opportunities, gender splits in computing, the origins and development of computing teaching and research in Oxford, as well as development of the University of Oxford's Computing Service and the commercial software house the Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG). The Oxford Women in Computing oral history project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), through grants held by Professor Ursula Martin, and forms part of a broader project on the development and impact of computing. The project also acknowledges support from NAG Ltd, Oxford Mathematics, Oxford IT services, and the Bodleian Libraries. Album cover: Communications programmer Esther White in the early days of the University of Oxford’s Computing Service. © University of Oxford.
Interview with Leonor Barroca, senior lecturer in Computing at the Open University
Georgina Ferry interviews Leonor Barroca as part of the Oxford Women in Computing Oral History project. Barocca recounts her time on the MSc Computing course at Oxford University and studying and teaching posts at the Universidade do Minho in Portugal.
Interview with Carol Bateman, former training and information manager for the Oxford Computing Service
Georgina Ferry interviews Carol Bateman as part of the Oxford Women in Computing Oral History project. Bateman discusses her route into computing via Glasgow University, and progression of the Oxford Computing Service.
Interview with Carol Bateman (part 2), former training and information manager for the Oxford Computing Service
Carrying on from episode 2, in the second part of Georgina Ferry's interview with Carol Bateman she discusses the professional computing community and needs of users of the Oxford Computing Service in the late 1980s-early 1990s.
Interview with Shirley Carter, founding member of the Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG)
Georgina Ferry interviews Shirley Carter as part of the Oxford Women in Computing Oral History project. Carter recounts early experiences of programming, her computer science lectureship at Liverpool in the 1970s and the formation and development of NAG.
Interview with Jana Colchester, former programming teacher at Marconi College and University of Essex
Georgina Ferry interviews Jana Colchester as part of the Oxford Women in Computing Oral History project. Colchester discusses working in the Oxford Computing Labs, lecturing and teaching at a range of further and higher education institutions.
Interview with Jana Colchester (part 2), former programming teacher at Marconi College and University of Essex
Carrying on from episode 5, this second part of Georgina Ferry's interview with Jana Colchester includes Colchester discussing attitudes relating to gender in the maths and computing professions.