Gemma McLean

Coventry, United Kingdom gemixin@gmail.com

I am currently studying for an MSc in Advanced Computer Science at the University of Leicester where I am on course to graduate with a Distinction. I have several years work experience in mobile app and game development, IT support, web development and IT management.


Experience

Developer

Freelance
  • Developed mobile apps and games on a freelance basis
October 2020 - November 2023

Technology Manager

General Conference of the New Church
  • Provided remote support to IT users throughout the UK
  • Managed the organisation’s websites, email accounts, databases, security, data protection and IT policies
  • Provided audio visual support at the AGM conference
March 2016 - August 2023

Founder and Developer

Gemixin Ltd
  • Delivered web, virtual world and mobile app and game development projects for various clients
  • Clients included the Universities of Glasgow, East London, Warwick and Edinburgh as well as Coventry City Council
  • Won multiple awards for the apps I developed including a European Diversity Award in 2013
January 2009 - October 2020

Project Officer

Coventry University
  • Managed a project called PREVIEW (problem-based learning in virtual interactive educational worlds)
  • Organised conferences and meetings and developed virtual world content, digital videos and web applications
  • Lectured students in the use of virtual worlds
April 2008 - Dcembember 2008

Student Ambassador

Coventry University
  • Represented the University at open days and other events
September 2006 - April 2008

Education

University of Leicester

MSc Advanced Computer Science

Modules of Study:

  • Semester 1: Computational Intelligence and Software Engineering, Software Measurement and Quality Assurance, Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing, Personal and Group Skills (Distinction mark gained in all modules)
  • Semester 2: Analysis and Design of Algorithms, Big Data and Predictive Analytics, Foundations of Cybersecurity, Algorithms for Bioinformatics (Ongoing)
Current

Coventry University

BA Multimedia Computing
  • First Class with Honours
  • Final Year Project: Developing a Virtual 3D Visitor Guide for Coventry Cathedral
2005 - 2008

City College Coventry

A-Levels
  • History (A), Law (A), Psychology (B)
2002 - 2004

Woodway Park Secondary School

GCSEs
  • Mathematics (A*), Religious Education (A*), Information Technology (A), Geography (A), English (B), English Literature (B), French (B), Graphics (B), Science (C)
1996 - 2001

Tech Skills

Advanced

 Python
 Java
 Flutter and Dart


Knowledge Of

 JavaScript
 Wordpress
 Bootstrap
 SQL
 Unity
 Wireshark


Dev Tools

 Git
 VS Code
 Anaconda
 Eclipse
 Android Studio
 Xcode


Other

 Office 365
 Adobe CC


OS

 Windows
 macOS
 Linux


Frameworks

 Agile and SCRUM


Subject Areas

 Software Development
 AI and Machine Learning
 Cyber Security
 Algorithm Design
 Bioinformatics
 Data Science

Awards

  • 2014 - Samsung Gear App Challenge (Round One Winner)
    - ‘What’s Near With Gear?’ location-based smart watch app

  • 2013 - European Diversity Award (Google Outstanding Use of Technology Winner)
  • 2012 - Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Award (Social Participation Winner)
    - ‘Starting Blocks’ mobile app for teaching seniors how to use smartphones

  • 2010 - Digital Media and Learning Competition (Game Changers Winner)
    - Little Big Planet educational level for teaching computer science principles